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Sorrow and Anticipation

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April 22, 2011 Tags: Adam, the Fall, and Sin

Today's entry was written by the BioLogos Editorial Team. You can read more about what we believe here.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 6:23

Today Christians everywhere observe Good Friday. While it is indeed the darkest moment of the Holy Week celebration, a somber reflection of Christ’s death upon the cross, it is also a moment filled with anticipation, for we know how the story ends: with his triumphant resurrection on the third day.

Yet, as we dwell upon Christ’s death and the sorrow that comes with it, we should also take time to consider the beauty and importance behind the sacrifice. The above video, produced by Highway Media, offers a striking visual metaphor for the spiritual death of sin, the same death that Christ conquered through his crucifixion. The unsettling music and vivid depictions of decay remind us of what was at stake as Christ hung high on Calvary.

Through his death and resurrection, Christ has given us the chance to play this film in reverse, to undo the death that sin can bring. Even as he suffered, in this darkest of hours, Christ knew that through his actions the wages of sin could be overcome, and it that hope that carries us through the sorrow of Good Friday to the holiest of celebrations: Christ’s glorious resurrection which we will celebrate this Sunday.

For further reflection on Christ’s death and resurrection, we invite you to read Mark Sprinkle’s pieces “With What Kind of Body” and “Down by the Riverside”.

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Roger A. Sawtelle - #58511

April 23rd 2011

Very interesting, but it leaves out one vital aspect which has been the weakness of most Western theology, the Holy Spirit.  God redeeming fiath does not run the film backwards.  It runs the film forwards with the Holy Spirit granting humanity a full relationship with God the Source of Life and giving us the power to overcome death and sin.  

Salvation does not restore old life and old innocence, but moves through death of the old life in the world to a new life in Christ Jesus with the Father through the Spirit.  

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