Day 39

Good Friday

April 19th, 2019

Meditation
  • On Wednesday of last week, scientists imaged a black hole for the first time. Or at least the visible outer parts that emit light. As a science nerd, I find this fascinating. Black holes have been written about and talked about as scientific certainties since they were hypothesized as a result of Einstein's theory of relativity way back in 1905. Last week we saw one with our eyes. Incredible times.

    This 'discovery' in our universe pails in comparison to the reality that Jesus Christ is raised from the dead.

    The results of ‘seeing’ a black hole is proof that the theories were right, that the insanely difficult mathematical formulas that predicted their existence were correct. Our grasp on the nature of creation increases, at least a little bit.

    The result of Jesus being raised from the dead is that we can be forgiven of our sins, that we too can be raised to eternal life. Our grasp on the goodness and mercy of God increases exponentially.

    I would encourage you to watch the movie “The Passion of the Christ” this Good Friday. Let it’s shockingly beautiful depiction of Jesus’ tortuous death touch you viscerally. Let it move you to weeping. Then sit in that uncomfortable place until… Sunday.

Scripture(s)
  • Luke 24:36-49

    Jesus Appears to the Disciples

    36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

    37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”

    40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.

    44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”

    45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

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Perry Brown

Media Director
Reynoldsburg Church of Christ

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