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Good Friday

Grotto of Jeremiah

Grotto of Jeremiah

A Roman cross that was used to destroy Jesus became the Cross of Christ that brought his victory.

Through the cross we have peace with God.
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:1, ESV)

Through the cross we have access to God.
Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5:2, ESV)

Through the cross we have assurance from God. 
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,” (Romans 5:3–4, ESV)

Through the cross we experience the love of God. 
and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” (Romans 5:5, ESV)

Through the cross we were saved by God. 
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:6–8, ESV)

Through the cross we have been reconciled to God. 
Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” (Romans 5:9–11, ESV)

The God who spoke creation into existence and called out the stars by name, the God who told the mountain they would be so high and the valleys would be made low, the God who drew the rivers through the land and told the oceans where to stop, loves you.

How do I know this?

Look there, at the cross of Christ. 

I pray that you may know how deeply you are loved. May you understand the depths of what was accomplished on this day two thousand years ago.

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