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Friday, April 14, 2017

04142017 - Good Friday - “Deliver us from evil, For thine is the Kingdom” – “Jesus Christ went to the Cross to deliver us from evil into the Kingdom!”

April 14, 2017
“Deliver us from evil, For thine is the Kingdom” – “Jesus Christ went to the Cross to deliver us from evil into the Kingdom!”

Last night we could imagine the joyful banter of the disciples gathered around a table celebrating the Passover with Jesus Christ.  Jesus then instituted the life giving Holy Meal of His Body and Blood.  Later the disciples fell asleep when asked to watch and pray with Jesus.  And finally, Jesus was betrayed with a kiss.  Since then, Jesus has endured not only the torture of the Jews and their leaders, the humiliation, beatings and scourging of the Romans, but only hours later, felt the stabbing pain as echoing in His ears the hammer purposely drove the nails that hold Him to a Cross, with a Crown of Thorns on His head. 

Jesus endured all of this with a sole purpose in mind.  And the Seventh Petition of the Lord’s Prayer recounts the reason when we pray “Deliver us from evil”.  For Jesus in His willingness to endure the Cross of Calvary does “Deliver us from evil” out of His great love for us and all of mankind.  God clearly offers us the greatest gift that could ever be given.  “Jesus Christ went to the Cross to deliver us from evil into the Kingdom!”  And in delivering us from evil, pays for and by His death removes the curse of sin from each and every one of us that began in the Garden of Eden with our first parents, Adam and Eve, who ate the forbidden fruit.

For Jesus does “Deliver us from evil” and we lay claim to that with our praying the prayer Jesus taught.  Yet, the story does not end with three nails, for it is only by Jesus willingness to “Deliver us from evil” that gives us the greatest gift.  It is a gift which comes in the beginning of the Conclusion to the Lord’s Prayer.  Jesus not only does “Deliver us from evil”, by offering us a ‘blessed end’ to our lives, Jesus Christ offers us a greater gift with our praying, “For thine is the Kingdom”.  For it is God’s Kingdom and God, Father, Holy Spirit and especially God’s Son, Jesus Christ as He taught this prayer not only is owner of the Kingdom, but offers the Kingdom unto us out of His great love for us.  For it is very clear and certain that “Jesus Christ went to the Cross to deliver us from evil into the Kingdom!


Tonight we will leave here having heard the disciples are scattered and in hiding, fearful for their lives.  The last thing we hear will be the clear and emphatic sound of the tomb being closed symbolized by the slamming of the door, the extinguishing of the Christ Candle and the darkness that surrounds us!  But we depart with the knowledge that “Jesus Christ went to the Cross to deliver us from evil into the Kingdom!”  And with a firmness in the faith that not only did Jesus die on the Cross for our sins and the sin of all mankind, but when we pray the Lord’s Prayer we do so knowing a promise is made to us from Jesus Christ Himself.  For Jesus Christ promise to us is in order that by the spilling of His innocent Blood, Jesus Christ as we pray as He taught us, Jesus Christ will “Deliver us from evil” and lovingly forgive us and offer us entrance into eternity with Him when we pray “For thine is the Kingdom”.  AMEN.

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