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Lent, Day 39

Karl Barth was a brilliant Reformed theologian and he wrote this prayer for Good Friday.  

Lord our God, we are gathered here on this day to consider how you have carried out your good, firm will for the world and for all of us, by allowing our Lord Jesus Christ, your dear son, to be captured that we might be free; to be found guilty that we might be found innocent; to suffer that we might rejoice; and to be given over to death that we might live forever.
Under our own power, we could only be lost.  And we have not deserved such a rescue- no not one of us.  But in the inconceivable greatness of your mercy, you have shared in our sin and our poverty, in order to do such a great thing for us.  How else could we thank you but to grasp, take up, and acknowledge this great thing?  How else should this happen, but that the same living Savior who suffered for us, was crucified, died, was buried, and was also raised up, should now come into our midst, speak to our hearts and minds, open us to your love, and guide us to trust in it completely and to live by it and by it alone.  
So we ask you in all humility, but also in all confidence, that this happen in the power of your Holy Spirit.  Amen.

I love the first paragraph and the clear way he states the paradox of this thing called faith.  We put our trust in one who was captured that we might be free, and died so that we might know eternal life.  It's a beautiful and powerful love that Christ has for each of us.  May we rest in that love on this hard day and on all our days.


Posted by Laurie Weicher at 6:00 AM
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