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!

The path of Biblical greatness

“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble.”

This quote is not from theologian or pastor who is waxing poetic about servant leadership, but from Helen Keller. She grasps the nature of the call of believers. True greatness in God’s economy is radical because it is humble. He must become more. I must become less. If I want to leave a lasting legacy, I must be faithful in the small things knowing that God is honored by such faithfulness.

Have you ever heard of Henrietta Mears? No? Look her up on wikipedia. Billy Graham once said that no woman, his mother and wife aside, has more profoundly impacted him than Ms. Mears. That is a great praise indeed! From her Sunday School classroom in Hollywood, California, she taught men and women who shaped the 20th century Christian landscape. Billy Graham. Bill and Vonette Bright. Dale Bruner. Dick Halverson. And many more.

Ms. Mears truly lived out Helen Keller’s quote. Through humbly and faithfully doing the small things, millions were reached for Christ. May my path to greatness be just radical.

Interact: In what “small” ways is God asking you to be radically faithful?