Posts Tagged ‘Good Friday’

Good Friday

April 2, 2010

In the courts of the heavenlies, past the realm of time and in eternity, the Godhead sat enthroned, surrounded by thousands of angels.  These were the angels who had remained loyal after the great rebellion.  The angels were highly intelligent, highly sensitive creatures, who could have forgotten their place and fancied themselves as equals to God.  In fact a third of them did just that very thing, and were cast from heaven along with their leader, an angel named Lucifer.  Only Lucifer could still, at times, approach the throne of God when God allowed him to speak. 

The Godhead had created a cosmos.  It contained 300 billion galaxies, and in one of the galaxies, in a tiny solar system near the edge, on a tiny planet, the Godhead had created life.  There was vegetation, all kinds of animal, bird and reptile life, and an awesome creation called man.  The man was created plural, as the Godhead is.  Man had his mate, called woman.  God shared his life with the man and woman.  He walked and spoke with them in a way they could understand.  He made them a little lower than the angels, not so intelligent as the angels, and not so sensitive, yet intelligent enough that God could have partnership with them.  Yet, the man and woman had also rebelled against God.  They believed a lie of Lucifer instead of the truth of God, to whom they owed everything.  Why?  The lie was enticing.  They could become equal to God–the very thing Lucifer had tried to do.  Lucifer, who had spat out the words to his creator: “I will not serve you”, now tried to recruit followers and had been successful.  

The thousands of loyal angels were watching.  The rebellious angels had been driven from the heavenlies and from God’s presence.  What would God do to the man and woman?  Justice demanded the same treatment for the man and woman, spiritual death, unless justice could be satisfied in some other way.  The second person of the Godhead offered himself in place of the man and woman.     He would become human as they were, and enter life on the earth.  He would taste death so they would never have to.  The angels were satisfied and praised God for His great love, justice and mercy.  But Lucifer, now called Satan, wasn’t satisfied.  He hated God and he hated the humans.  He stepped forward and described the crucifixion.  It was a horrifying thing, and the gasp echoed through the courts of heaven.  It was satanically inspired cruelty.  And Satan threw down the challenge.  “You would never love them that much!”  The second person of the Godhead answered, “my love is infinite.  I will do this.  I will go.”  And he did go, as Jesus, all the way to the cross and endured it in all its hideousness.  It was literally the worst Satan could have devised.  Jesus died, so we will never have to experience death.  And the Father showed His acceptance.  The veil of the temple, which had always separated man and God was split in two from the top down.  Jesus was raised from death on Easter morning, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father to rule and reign over all the creation.  And Lucifer, now called Satan, lost.  He still wanders the earth, trying to deceive humans through pride (you are divine) or through lies about God’s character (God doesn’t exist, God doesn’t care, God doesn’t love you).  But Satan has lost the war.  Whatever he says can be refuted by God’s people using God’s words.  And he no longer has any power to harm us without our permission.  So, arise dear soul.   God won, and so have we.  Live for God’s glory and bask in His Love.


The Price He Paid

March 21, 2008

Good Friday reminds me to be so very, very thankful to Jesus for the “inexpressible gift”.  When mankind sinned, mankind lost heaven, and that is truly the real death.  To be forever without God and without good, is unthinkably horrible.  Jesus called it “the outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.”  He also called it “gehenna” which was the city dump, a place full of fire, worms, filth, decay, stench and horror. 

There’s only two places to go and nowhere in between.  God’s heaven, where God dwells, the place we were made for, or the other place, where God is not.  Most people think God will overlook a lot of sin, He will “grade on the curve” and most people will get into heaven regardless of their imperfections.  But wait, Heaven is a perfect place.  It has to be.  God is perfect and so is His home.  If He let me in as I am, it would no longer be perfect.  Heaven would soon be like this earth with people doing self-serving things and hurting each other.  Humans would have to be cleaned and changed forever if they were to enter Heaven, but there would be a price. 

This is where I get beyond my capabilities of understanding, having only a human mind, but what I can understand is this: God’s creation has been trashed, we have even trashed ourselves and someone has to pay the price.  As it was when the levees burst and New Orleans was flooded, someone has to pay a price for restoration.

I picture it this way:  the councils of Heaven convened.  Jehovah Eloihim was there in all three of His manifestations: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  The angels of Heaven were there, and the third of the angels who rebelled were there with their leader Satan.  Humans couldn’t pay the price of their restoration, it was too great a price. The angels couldn’t pay it, as justice would not be served in that way.  Satan and his demons were holding the humans in bondage, they had won them fair and square when the humans rebelled and came to their side.  And on the great screens of Heaven played the scenes of the passion of the Christ.  Only God could pay the price, for justice demanded mankind should pay it.  It appeared the solution would be that one of the persons of the Godhead should become  fully a man , while remaining fully God.  In that dual state, He should experience “the wages of sin which is death”, while also enduring the worst Satan could throw at Him.

As the scenes of the passion became more and more cruel and terrible, Satan laughed with glee.  “You’d never do this, you’d never love mankind that much.”  And the second person of the Godhead stepped forward and said “I do love them that much.  My name will be Jesus.  I love them so much I will die to win them back”  That was the price of restoration, the satisfaction of justice, the wage for sin.  Satan never thought Jesus would go through with it, but He did.  What He did was accepted by God, as shown when the veil of the temple was torn–the veil that had always separated the people from God’s Presence.  It was torn from the top down, not by human hands.  And then He was vindicated for all eternity when He rose from the dead on Easter.  Our part is to accept the gift with thanksgiving, and spend our lives returning the love shown to us.