Not out of control.
Not forces of darkness assaulting the light.
Not Satan doing his worst.
No, it was the predetermined will of God
That moved each pawn on the board in place.
It was not evil much at work,
But divinest mercy moving.
It was not Satan’s plans and moves,
But God’s unyielding Love.
How can we call this Friday good?
Only when we understand the need
For shedding sinless blood.
Only when we trust that God is holy
Full of wrath stored up for judgement
To be poured on death-spreading sins.
Only when we admit that sin has tainted
Every part of who we are
And we are hopelessly dead without a cure
Apart from God.
Then it comes together.
He who had no sin,
Fully God and fully man,
Took my every sin on Him
Hung, arms spread, before that blast,
Of Holy God’s all-righteous wrath,
So I would never have to!
Only then do we understand the Good.
Now, the deafening Sabbath day,
A silent, somber Saturday of waiting,
Asking: What next? What now?
All creation groaned,
Now all who trusted wait
In puzzled grief.
But like the rising sun of dawn,
The Son arose on Sunday morn!
All questions are eclipsed by awe,
The plan ordained before this world was formed
Is now secured!
And we look and take this in,
This final death blow dealt to sin,
We see the brutal plan from start to end!
The door to my new life and yours,
Was through His death.
In His tomb I lay me down,
I die in Him each day!
But just like Him, the pattern-setting Christ
Who walked before us
The tomb itself is not our home to live in!
Just like Him we step into the light and breathe new air!
Newfound life in His new life!
Newfound hope in grace!
Newfound strength to say and live our own
“Not my will, but Thine be done!”
No. It was not the defeat of God that day,
When God hung on man’s cross.
Sin was dealt its final blow,
And sovereign God used sinful man’s
Sinful desires and choices and wants
To carry out His plans.
His sovereign, loving hand
Has not changed these centuries on,
He will use us in His plans for righting what we’ve wronged.
Yield and come into His will,
Or face His plans alone.
“For Herod Antipas, Pontius Pilate the governor, the Gentiles, and the people of Israel were all united against Jesus, your holy servant, whom you anointed. But everything they did was determined beforehand according to your will.” (Acts 4:27b-28).