A World at War, Good Friday, and Frodo

wwiOn April 6, 97 years ago, America formally declared war on Germany, entering World War I.

It is Good Friday, the day Christ invaded our enemies and our sins.

Both were major events. Both would see devastating setbacks (so it would seem), but Americans and Christ came out victorious in the end.

I’ve heard it asked, “Why is it called Good Friday?”

If you’re not familiar with the whole passion_of_the_christChristian picture, it may seem rather odd that we celebrate the day our Saviour was beaten and crucified.

But like many wars, it was necessary for Christ to enter into battle in order to declare victory in the end.

You can’t be an official opponent if you don’t enter into a war. You can’t claim victory over that war unless you enter into battle, on the winning side. And you can’t fight the battle effectively unless you believe in the cause you’re fighting for.

Jesus knew the cause of His fight, He entered into the battle, and eventually declared victory three days later by stepping out of that tomb. Though our culture downplays it, there are many things worth fighting for, and Jesus seemed to think that your very soul was worth the fight.

If you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, you better believe that when He took those punches to the nose, He was thinking of you.

When the soldiers shoved the crown of thorns on His head, He endured it for you.

When the Father looked down on His Son savagely being nailed to the cross, He knew full well that in the end, you would be able to declare victory next to His Son and stand innocent before Him on the day of Judgement.

It is Good Friday because it is a prelude to the real celebration that is to take place this coming Sunday.

frodo_cryingLike every normal person, my wife and I absolutely love the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Although we marvel at the brilliant filmmaking, we don’t necessarily enjoy all the hurt and anguish Frodo is put through.

But we know it’s part of the story. And if we’re honest with ourselves, we really only love the movies because of the last half hour of the last movie which is saturated in victory and redemption.

But those final scenes mean nothing without the 9+ hours of war and anguish preceeding them.

In the same way, you can’t appreciate the miracle of Easter unless you understand the goodness of Christ’s crucifixion.

One step further: You can’t fully celebrate the miracle of Easter unless you recognize the goodness of you yourself being crucified with Christ.

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

Have a very Good Friday and declare war on your sins.

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25 Responses to A World at War, Good Friday, and Frodo

  1. Alyce-Kay says:

    Wow! WHAT A POWERFUL post! Phew! I don’t know what else to say.

  2. Heath says:

    This line cracked me up: “Like every normal person, my wife and I absolutely love the Lord of the Rings trilogy.” Because it’s so true! And as usual, great points. Bloody battles are what lead to great victory. It’s a good Friday, indeed.

  3. I also love that line about Frodo. Great post. Have a lovely good friday

  4. Love those dogs while you can~

  5. Thoughtful and thought provoking!

  6. I guess that means I’m not normal. :)

  7. Darcel says:

    Beautiful and inspiring post. Thank you.

  8. The other “high point” of the passion of Our Lord is the complete submssion of his (human) will to God’s:
    “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done” (Lk 22:42)

  9. Elaine says:

    Wow! So well written. It boggles the mind that God and Jesus love us so much that He gave His perfect son up to take care of our sins and that his perfect son was so willing to do the will of his father! Praise God and thanking Him every day!

  10. charliehues says:

    Wow. This was amazing.

  11. Arl's World says:

    Great post! Love your explanation on Good Friday.

  12. “But Americans and Christ came out victorious in the end.”… This is what struck me reading this article… Being an Indian and not being biased to America and it’s glory… With all due respect, it sure looks like a thing from the past -> America and Christ being on the same side… :)..

    I’m really saddened to see America and it’s lack of consciousness…Snowden who came out in the open and spoke the truth, does’nt even have a place in America which once fought for the truth… Every American sitcom i see makes sex and relationships look so casual and meaningless… 90% of the porn movies on the net are American… To me the ‘American Way of Life’ which once the whole world looked up to , is slowly begun misleading the masses…

    I hope you understand what I mean…. Please don’t take it in the wrong sense… This is a straight from the heart message not meant to offend anyone…But some points to ponder upon… Coz I believe as humans,societies and nations..We all need to take a time-out, analyse the scenario and take a detour if we have lost our way :).

    Regards,
    clearstreamofreason

    • No, I totally get what you mean. America has been slipping big time for the last five years or so (it was before, but now the trickle has become an avalanche). Except, keep in mind that even if it looks like Christ is on that same slope, we will all be surprised by Him in the end, even when countries all around the world rise and fall.

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