Friday, April 06, 2007

Good Friday

Angus Dei (circa 1635-1640)
by Francisco de Zurbaran

"Behold, the lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the world."
John 1:29

"Once you really see this message of the cross,
you see yourself grovelling on the dust and floor,
a miserable failure, a hopeless sinner.
You can do nothing, neither can your neighbor,
you are together in your complete
helplessness and hopelessness.
But thank God [the cross] does not leave you there.
You both look up together into the face
of the one and only Savior,
the Savior of the world,
the Lamb of God
that taketh away the sin of the world...
Here is the only one who can encompass
the whole world, the whole universe,
and all [who are] in utter helplessness can look to Him."
--Martyn Lloyd Jones, The Cross, p. 148

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