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It was only two days ago that I asked Phil Chan to write his thoughts for this blog's Good Friday post. With hardly much time in hand, he did, within a day.
Thanks very much, Phil.
My thoughts on this year’s Holy Week and Easter.
We are reminded that God hid His face when Jesus was painfully crucified to buy mankind pardon and forgiveness of sin.
Jesus cried out in a loud voice in his native Aramaic language, 'Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?' The English translation is 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?' ” (Mark 15:34; Matthew 27:46).
Actually Jesus’ words above is a direct quotation from Psalm 22:1: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish?
Also in Isaiah 45:15, Truly you are a God who has been hiding Himself, the God and Savior of Israel. Surely the Hebrews must be thinking of this verse during the terrible holocaust period in the Second World War.
During the time of Jesus, a Jewish father in his sadness would have torn his robe as a sign of grief and mourning if his firstborn son died. This is exactly what happened at the temple.
This tearing of the curtain seems to pave the way for mankind to gain access to the Holy of Holies in the temple … The glory of God is now open to us. It implies that we can now look into the place where only the High Priest could go in the past. Jesus’ death has given us direct access to the living God.
In the above passage, the resurrection of the dead was also mentioned. Praise God, sometime after Saturday evening sun down (i.e. the beginning of Sunday for the Hebrews), Jesus resurrected. We can take comfort in being able to meet our loved ones again as we too will be resurrected someday.
Wishing you and your family a Blessed Easter. God bless you all as always.
Written by: Dr. Phil Chan.
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