Friday, April 3, 2015

Good Friday Devotional Prayer

Good Friday Prayer

Oh Christ, You are the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world. 
You were sent from Heaven through a virgin womb to be our manna in a barren desert.
You, Who were anointed with burial oil at Your birth and again at Holy Week when You walked through Jerusalem smelling of a spiced tomb. 
By the sweat of Your brow you labored to feed Your bride the bread of Your own flesh, great drops as of blood falling to the ground, crying out to God, not for vengeance, but mercy - Father, forgive them.
At the sound of Your coming judgment You did not hide, but welcomed those who sought You with torches and weapons.  You were driven out of the garden by their fiery swords. And on that day, You surely died for us.  
You became shamefully naked and were found in the middle of the trees.  
But by Your death, we were clothed from on high.
Now men may once again walk with their Lord in Paradise, as You promised the thief at Your side.
You took our place on the altar, as the ram whose horns were caught in the briars.  You took our curse upon Your head with a crown of thistles and thorns of iron pierced Your hands and feet. 
On the wooden cross, that sharp iron was redeemed as if to float in the flowing streams and we who were lost and sinking deep were drawn out and returned to You.
By Your cross our bitter waters have been made sweet.
You were suspended in midair, between Heaven and Earth, our bridge; the Mediator between God and men.
Blood and water flowed from the rock of Your split side and from the cursed labor pain of Your belly, the Church was born of water and blood; Your Bride from Your rib.
Our first father Adam failed to look after the woman You gave him, but You remembered Mary and made provision for her even as You died on that tree, where the centurion's eyes were opened to understand good and evil.
You were lifted up like Moses’ brass serpent, so that he and every fatal sinner might look to You and be healed.  And it is by Your blood in the sign of the cross on our door frames, that our judgment passes over us. 
Like Moses between Aaron and Hur on the hilltop and like Samson between the pillars, You stretched Your arms wide to sacrifice Yourself and deliver God's people, gaining us the victory.
At Golgotha, You tread upon the skull of death and under Your pierced heel the head of the serpent was crushed.
Precious Jesus, You have made the Cross to be our Tree of Life, blooming with the fruit of Your own body, which by glad faith, we take, eat, and live.
You have made every day Good Friday, for  every day we live in the blessed joy of Your bitter Passion and death, the remedy of our sin. 
So we join our hearts and voices in the angel song:
Worthy is the Lamb Who was slain, to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise, now and forevermore.


Jonathan said...

Thanks for the blog post. Thanks for all your blog posts. This site is great to visit. P.S. "Future Men" I picked it up again yesterday, thanks for that too.

Benjamin said...

Jon! BROTHER! So good to hear from you! Thank you for the kind words. So glad my readership has held at the "2" level for all these years! [hi mom!]. :-)

Our love to Lindy and the kiddos! God bless you and your home!