Friday, 21 March 2008

Good Friday - O Happy Day

Today is the day of salvation - the day Christ died for us on the cross.The message of the cross is foolishness to the world but to us who believe it is the epicenter of our faith.
1. The cross is a clear evidence of the world 's guilt.Jesus the innocent Lamb of God sacrificed for our sin.This cruel instrument of torture and execution exposes the gravity of our sin
2. In the cross we see God 's hatred for sin. Ezekiel 18;20 says"The soul that sins shall die".The only way to atone for our sin is to bear the fury of God...Jesus suffered the wrath of God in our place. He took the punishment we deserved.
3. In the cross we see the glorious exhibition of God 's love.John 3;16 -
God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten son so that we might not perish but have everlasting life. Our judge became the convicted man and bore our death penalty.
4. In the cross we see the way to victory.Jesus paid for my sin on the cross so that I could be free from the wages of sin.
These were some of the points from my message on the seventh saying of Christ from the cross which I preached in the Good Friday service.The service lasted for more than 3 hours. There were special songs too.In most churches people have a 12 to 3 afternoon service on Good Friday. I don 't know about the Catholics.Many people keep a 40 day Lent fast or a Good Friday fast.And people break the fast with hot cross buns.
We had bun omelet for dinner.Actually a plain omelet burger.

We hardly had electricity the whole day. There was the usual 3 hour power cut and after that no electricity till about 8pm as some power lines were down. We had lights for short periods.Its 9.30 and the situation seems stable.
But no cable. The cable guy said it will be restored by tomorrow evening.
My mother looked very blue without her usual entertainment. So I donned Mr Spock 's space suit and created a force field comprising of a piece of crayon, a bamboo wall hanging and a brass vase and you won 't believe we stared receiving the national channel without the hook-up.I should have been an engineer LOL. Maybe there is still a chance for me at the MIT!
And you should have seen my Mum 's face light up with a 100 watt smile when we got the tube on.
Well, necessity is the mother of bamboo engineering.

On the left is a photo of the Anglican cathedral, which my niece took.
And the other photo is of our church .
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URGENT PRAYER REQUEST
I just got an email from a friend . He got a message saying the the RSS which is a right wing Hindu fundamentalist group plans to burn churches during Easter service, in Orissa - the state in which missionary Graham Stains and his two liitle boys were burnt alive in their jeep.Please pray for protection.In the past few months Orissa has seen a lot of violence against Christians.

15 Fertilize my soul:

JO said...

God Bless you and Yours this Easter. Thanks for your touching post.

I will remeber your friend in my prayers.

Gudl said...

I will pray for the christians in Orissa, too. That is so sad...
Your church building is beautiful.
May God bless you.

Renae said...

This reminds me of my grandmother's house, way out in the country, when I was a little girl. The antennae for the television was on the porch. Often, we had to stand out on the porch, adjusting the antennae and watching the television through the window! It always seemed to work better when someone was touching the wire, so some poor cousin (often me) had to stand out there and hold the wire! LOL!

Will be praying for these dear Christians, and will put this on our church prayer chain.

Blessings, dear sister.

Holy Chaos said...

I will be praying.

Donetta said...

I am doing the same thing with my tv for our new placement does not support the antina very well. I will be praying that the folks resist the wicket temptations to burn things. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Thank you for your loving well wishes

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Roo said...

happy easter dear amrita!!! HE IS RISEN.....indeed! much love to you....

flyingstars said...

Hope you had wonderful Easter celebration's....Wish U a Happy Holi. May this Holi brings a lot of joy and happiness in our life & Wish that your life becomes colorful as the colors of Holi..


I am a bit too busy with my work now, which will continue, so couldn't visit your blog for sometime...anyway, I will check your other posts later whenever I will get the break.

KOSTAS said...

Hi Amrita
After it is acquaintance the problem because does not intervene the police or somebody these other service of repression of violences!
If these again can't make something why you don't resort to the heads of Church to your Country press the political leadership to create the conditions where you will live with safety?
If all these it isn't possible they become, then why you don't make you there the Christians teams of safeguard be protected?
Him I write these because, reading various posts anger with those that are adversely in the Christians but also adversely in each Religion!

The God you it protects always all, from these bad elements!
Happy Easter!

Felisol said...

Dear Amrita,
I have had a rather busy Easter, not much chance to get on the net even with electricity.
Now it's early easter Sunday and I could not sleep. Was led to your blog and will certainly pray for the Christians in Orissa,
May God the Almighty save his children as a wonderful witness to his love and care.
I pray. From Felisol

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Yes, Good Friday was the day when Christ died on the cross for the expiation of our sins. Yes, I will join with the prayer for the protection of the the Christian churches in Orissa and in all of India. Thanks for the post. God bless you and your loved ones always. Happy Easter to you all.

monsoon-dreams said...

God bless you.Happy easter,Amrita!

Louise said...

Hi Amrita, I have not received your address yet.

Calfkeeper said...

Hope you had a happy Easter!

Your church is beautiful.

Amrita said...

Thank you friends for praying for Orissa. We have not heard of any untoward incident taking place till now.

We dop have various Christian organizations who raise their voice against atrocities against Christians. But we are a minority here and our voice is not heeded