Good Friday: I love you, friend

This Easter, OMF worker Hang Naulak is sharing reflections on Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Hang is from India and now serves in Thailand.

‘When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left.’ (Luke 23:33)

What image comes to mind when you think about Good Friday? Twenty years ago in India, my answer would be going to church, meeting with friends and having a big feast – our Easter celebration was the big event of the year in my village. Today, most people would respond with the Crucifixion.
Let’s take time for reflection and meditation with Jesus today. We remember the day the Lord paid it all to free humanity from sin and death. We say ‘I love you, friend’ but I think we wouldn’t be able to give up our beloved one for our friend’s sake. Yet while we were still sinners and enemies of God, Christ died for us (Romans 5:10). It is beyond our description how much God the Father loves us to sacrifice his only begotten Son. We are surrounded by God’s love and nothing can separate us from it.
‘For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord’ (Romans 8:38 – 39).

~Hang Naulak
OMF Thailand

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