In a devotional reading I had this past week, C.S. Lewis made this observation:
“These, then, are the two points I wanted to make. First, that human beings all over the earth have this curious idea that they ought to behave in a certain way, and cannot really get rid of it. Secondly, that they do not in fact behave that way. They know the Law of Nature; they break it. These two facts are the foundation of all clear thinking about ourselves and the universe we live in.” (Mere Christianity)
While we can and do debate about what exactly is right and wrong, almost everyone admits there are certain things that are right and things that are wrong.
And, while we can also go to great lengths to justify, rationalize, blame shift, and excuse ourselves, almost everyone admits that they do wrong things and neglect to do right things.
The Apostle Paul had one of the most authentically ruthless self-disclosures on this in Romans 7:7-25. My NIV Bible has a title for this section: Struggling With Sin.
“I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do – this I keep on doing” (Romans 7:18-19)
He laments, “What a wretched man I am!”
He cries out, “Who will rescue me from this body of death?”
He rejoices, “Thanks be to God – through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Good Friday is God’s answer, through his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, to our problem of moral brokenness.
Join us this evening for one of our Good Friday service. We will worship, have a time of healing, and take communion together. We will confess that we are what is wrong. We will admit we cannot fix ourselves. We will turn to Christ our Savior who can forgive, heal, and save.