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The Good News for the day, March 30, 2018

Good Friday (40)

…aware that everything was now finished—to fulfill what the Bible says—Jesus said, “I’m thirsty.” A jar was there, filled with ordinary wine.  So, they put a sponge soaked in the wine on a sprig of a medicine-plant and put it up to his mouth. When Jesus had accepted the wine, he said, “It’s over.” His head bent down, he delivered the spirit. (The Gospel of John)

Theologians discuss the death and resurrection—that Jesus died for us and for our sins—and try, to explain it. Some just accept it, without going any further; acceptance is enough faith.

Others—whether to deepen faith, to satisfy human curiosity or because it troubles you, may feel it worth it to ask how. You question Good Friday—not to challenge the truth as truth, but to deepen it—to see the meaning of acts that enrich the Good News: When you hear that “Jesus died for us”—what does it mean?

To all appearances—His life—was “over,” “finished” His mortal time—as the bible would put it—his “time in the flesh—ceased. That was then. This is now.

In 2018—you see that his personal power, his spirit and attitude, his message and character—His LIFE—these go on today. “Something” of Jesus—everyone would admit—has continued. He has affected billions of people for thousands of years in countless cultures—threading now through your life and mine. Sometimes that Spirit of His is betrayed by hypocrisy, greed and lust, but sometimes it glows in inspirational saints, in stirring art, music and words, and in heroic self-sacrifice.

Like it or not—believe it or not!—His time on earth—now ended—continues to aim you towards being a better person—towards an ideal goal of goodness , peace and love. His real death ended one kind of life so that a different kind of life could begin.

His death caused resurrection! Apart from whatever took place three days later at His tomb, His death produced new life. It is Good News that we see—this Living Life.

Here stands the tangible evidence—that He lives! “Death is no more’—beyond death lies the mystery of another life—not necessarily the one of trumpets and white robes—but dynamically in your world—lasting, eternal, permanent.

He lives—and the mystery of death—involves discovering this Other Life-. Call it faith, wonder, the death of self—Jesus’s death started a New Life—in Your becoming better—like Him in service, gratitude, generosity, helping—in “truth and love.”

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