Andy Hollifield 4-14-17
Revelation 5:6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain…
Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
Hebrews 9:15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
I will get to these particular scriptures in just a minute. I want to look first at some of the events that this day has held throughout the years. There are some days in history that just seem to be jam packed with important events. Today is one of those days. Did you realize that it was on this day in1865 that President Lincoln was assasinated by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s theater in Washington D.C. Five days after the civil war had ended.
Also on this day in 1950, President Truman received the NSC-68. This was a combination of intelligence reports that would determine our stategy and policy throughout the remainder of the cold war for the next 20 plus years.
Also, this was the maiden and final voyage for the RMS Titanic which sank on this night after striking an iceberg. There were only approximately 700 survivors of the tragedy and most of them were women and children and in excess of 1500 people perished in the frigid North Atlantic waters. A White Star Line employee reportedly had made the comment that “not even God himself could sink this ship”. There were at least 7 icebergs reported in that vicinity earlier that night.
In 1918, the first dogfight over the western front took place as two American pilots engaged and shot down two German planes. It was this fight that started the career of pilot Douglas Campbell who killed 5 enemy planes over France by the end of May and became the first flying ace in World War 1.
In 1986 the US conducted air raids on Lybia including 5 military targets one of which was the residence of Muammar Quaddafi. This was done in retaliation for the terrorist attacks in December 1985 which had killed five Americans. President Reagan reportedly told Americans about the attacks and vowed to respond in self-defense anytime Americans were attacked anywhere in the world and we would do it again if necessary.
In 1978, Russia invaded Afghanistan instaling a new communist leader. The Russians never fully withdrew until 1989 but the civil war continued until the late 90’s when the Talliban seized power. And finally, in 1818 the first Webster’s American Dictionary of the english language was printed.
But the biggest thing that ever took place on this day the crucifiction of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem after a triumphal entry into the city only a week earlier. HIS STORY. That is exactly what history is. Good Friday, as it is called, always occurs on the Friday before Easter. All of the events of Holy Week will no doubt be rehashed continually for the next three days. If you don’t believe that this holiday is all about him, may I remind you that the division of human history as far as what year it is, is based on his life and death, BC and AD. There will be countless people no doubt that will attend what they refer to as a worship service, only to disappear for another year unless they happen to show back up at Christmas which is a day set aside to celebrate his birth. It seems a little odd to me, that in such a diverse world that claims to want nothing to do with God, of all the holidays we celebrate in this country, one is set aside to give him thanks, one commemorates his birth, and yet another one commemorates his death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and soon return. HIS STORY, the facts back it up. So as you go through this weekend, think about his story. The Lamb of God slain from before the foundation of the world for the forgiveness of mine and your sin based on our repentance. The Lamb’s book of life and whether or not your name is written there. Easter is not about rabbits, and flowers, and spring. It is about Jesus “springing forth” out of that grave that you and I might have life and have it more abundantly. Good Friday is the day that he ended his life here on earth having finished the plan of salvation to reconcile us back to God. That is HIS STORY. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!
Andy Hollifield 4-14-17