Friday, April 3, 2015

Good Friday - Can a Good Deed Go Wrong?



The moral at the end of Aesop's fable "The Fox and the Lion" states... 
 "Familiarity breeds contempt." 
How easy it is to become cavalier about something that becomes so familiar
 we barely glance at it as we pass by. 
I sometimes fear there is a real danger
for the story of Good Friday
becoming so familiar
 that it no longer stirs our emotions. 

A recent story in the news that caught my attention was 
connected with the Germanwings flight 9525, 
It gave me cause to add a fresh insight to the story of Good Friday. 

A fifteen year old girl, 
one of the 16 students returning home, 
met her fellow students at the train station, to take the train to the airport.
At the station this girl suddenly realized
 that she had left a bag at her host family's house. 
In this bag were her passports and travel documents. 
She could not fly home without them !
Her host family kindly offered the solution. 
They would take her back to their house, pick up the documents 
and then arrive at the airport in time for her to catch her flight with the rest of her group.
This deed of kindness,  so graciously given by this host family, 
intended for the GOOD of the student 
 ended with her death. 

My thoughts went to Jesus.  
His sacrifice, 
His cruel death on the cross was intended for the GOOD of every man ...
 but not every man is saved.
Some reject His gift of life and by default face eternal death.  

I pictured the agony of the host family realizing that what they intended for good 
ended with the girl's death.   
Then I pictured the heart of God
 and the agony of sorrow that He feels for every person 
who does not benefit from the priceless gift He offers - forgiveness and eternal life.  

   "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, 
but is longsuffering toward us, 
not willing that ANY should perish but that ALL should come to repentance."
2Pe 3:9

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that if YOU believe on Him 
YOU will not perish but have ever lasting life!"   
John 3:16, emphasis mine

The beauty of the cross is the Love of God 




5 comments:

  1. You all publish some wonderful recipes but this is the best recipe of all - the recipe for everlasting life through the sacrificial death of Christ! Happy Easter!

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  2. I am overjoyed to be reminded of God's patience of waiting for all to realize his precious gift to mankind.

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  3. Hear, hear. A great recipe for life. I agree. Let your light so shine.......

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  4. Oh how true this is...a free gift with no strings attached...Amazing Grace toward us.

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