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A Good Friday Reflection

I came across this song, What Have We Done, out of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. The lyrics are stunning. Listen to it here.

Oh my soul, oh my Jesus
Judas sold you for thirty, I’d have done it for less
Oh my soul, oh my Savior
Peter denied you three times, I have denied you more

As the nails went in, I was standing right there
As you breathed your last, I shook my head and I cried

Oh my God, what have we done, we have destroyed your Son
Oh my God, what have we done, we have destroyed your Son

Oh my soul, oh my Jesus
Judas sold you for thirty, I’d have done it for less
Oh my soul, oh my Savior
Peter denied you three times, I have denied you more

And the blood ran down, I was standing right there
And the water pored, I shook my head and I cried

Oh my God, what have we done, we have destroyed your Son
Oh my God, what have we done, we have destroyed your Son
Oh my God, what have we done, we have destroyed your Son
Oh my God, what have we done, we have destroyed your Son

Wow. We often give Peter a hard time for some of the dumb things he said and did and we are certainly quick to condemn Judas for his betrayal. They, at least, didn’t quite get it yet. We, on the other hand, have no such excuses as we look back on the cross. We know how the story goes. And yet, there we are, quick to deny Christ and to betray him for far less than 30 pieces of silver. We have destroyed the Son of God.

It is right that, at that point in history, that the might refrain of Tony Campolo speaks boldly, “It’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming.” Praise God. It does not stay Friday, but Sunday – Easter Sunday – comes with victory! We destroyed the Son of God, but he was the Anointed One – God’s Chosen – and not even death could contain him. He has conquered death forever. Amen!

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