Friday, April 22, 2011

Six Hours One Friday

"In Six Hours One Friday, Max Lucado delves into the meaning of Jesus’ last hours on the cross. Through his death, your life has purpose and meaning. You are forgiven and loved by a Savior who died for you. And an empty tomb proclaims that death does not have the final word."

Ten years ago I got this book and it changed my view of what happened almost 2,000 years ago.  For the longest time I only looked at Good Friday and Easter Sunday as scripture.  But Max made this come alive to me.  This book opened my eyes to what really happened on that Friday.  I had grown up in church and heard the scripture read at church and in youth group.  But it never really came alive until I read this book.  

Then in 2004 I had the chance to go with my Senior Pastor to Willow Creek to see a preview of the Passion of the Christ the movie before it was released.   To see scripture come alive like I never had before really blew my mind.   But the more amazing part was to be with pastors and youth pastors from all over the country and watch it together.  I can still remember the faces of everyone as they left.  I can remember hearing pastors cry and gasp at what they saw.  For many of us it finally came alive.

Since 2004, every year on Good Friday I take time by myself and with my wife to watch the Passion.  For me it is a time to remember.  To remember what Jesus went through for me...and for you!   Its hard to watch everything that Jesus went through, knowing that was for me....let alone for everyone.  Every lash, bash, and nail hurt as I see and hear it.   It opens my eyes to how big a cost that just paid on that Friday.  Too many days in my life I have taken that with a grain of salt.  Over the last couple years I try to remember everyday what Jesus did for us on that one Friday.  Those events changed the world forever.

If you have not read Six Hours One Friday. I challenge you to take the time to read it.

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