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Dear Crosswalkers,

If ever there was a time for us to live up to our name, it is now. May we gladly forever walk in the reality of the cross. Edward Shillito wrote a poem, Jesus of the Scars. The last line goes like this:

The other gods were strong; but Thou wast weak;
They rode, but Thou didst stumble to a throne;
But to our wounds only God’s wounds can speak,
And not a god has wounds, but Thou alone.

Good Friday commemorates yet another distinction of the Christian Faith. Only in Christianity do we have an all-powerful God who becomes weak and suffers for us. This offers a comfort that can be found nowhere else in the universe. The Almighty God knows what suffering is and has promised to be with you in every imaginable pain.

Dr. Timothy Tennent, the President of Asbury Theological Seminary, wrote an article where he makes a connection between the Coronavirus and Good Friday. The word 'Corona' has its origin in Latin, and it means “crown.” The virus is called Corona because when viewed under a microscope it actually looks like a thorny crown!

When you read about the events leading up to our Lord’s crucifixion on the pages of the Gospels, the Roman soldiers placed a crown of thorns on the head of Jesus. They did this to mock him because he claimed to be the King of the Jews! The “corona” of thorns on Jesus’ head was symbolic of his self-denial, suffering, and sacrifice. It offers a dramatic picture of Jesus the true King who embraces our brokenness. While our world today is obsessed with a thorny crown virus named COVID-19, followers of Jesus can focus on our Savior, who wore a crown of thorns to give us eternal life!

May the reality of our Lord’s death on the cross bring you peace, comfort, and hope.

Here’s good news: The story doesn’t end with Good Friday! Tomorrow we plan to send you a link to our Easter Sunday Celebration. He is risen!


Pastor John

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