Good Friday offers the best food for one’s soul. As we remember Jesus’ death, the price paid and the gift He brings, may these quotes for this Soul Food for Friday draw us closer to the cross and to the life we receive in Him.
“Every day of the year is a good day to think more deeply about Good Friday, for Good Friday is the drama of the love by which our every day is sustained.” — Richard John Neuhaus, Death on a Friday Afternoon
“If you are going to follow Jesus, you better look good on wood.” — Daniel Berrigan
“Now, who can call ‘Good Friday’ good? — A term too oft misunderstood — You, who were bought by the blood of His cross, You can call ‘Good Friday’ good.” — Johnny Hart B.C. comic
“Every time we look at the cross Christ seems to say to us, ‘I am here because of you. It is your sin I am bearing, your curse I am suffering, your debt I am paying, your death I am dying.’ Nothing in history or in the universe cuts us down to size like the cross. All of us have inflated views of ourselves, especially in self-righteousness, until we have visited a place call Calvary. It is there, at the foot of the cross, that we shrink to our true size.” — John Stott, The Message of Galatians
“That center cross, silhouetted against the sky on Calvary’s hill, has an eternal message. God reconciled the whole world to himself by the death of his Son, and God can turn even the worst misfortune into an amazing blessing for those who trust in his love through Christ.” — Robert W. Stackel
“No matter what the storm clouds bring, you can face your pain with courage and hope. For two thousand years ago–six hours, one Friday–Christ firmly planted in bedrock three solid anchor points that we can all cling to. For the heart scarred with futility, that Friday holds purpose. For the life blackened with failure, that Friday holds forgiveness. And for the soul looking into the tunnel of death, that Friday holds deliverance.” — Max Lucado, Six Hours One Friday
“We have to go to the cross with Jesus every day. Religious people hang around the cross. Christians get on the cross. It’s a daily choice. The flesh doesn’t die easy. Self doesn’t go to the cross willingly. … As we die to ourselves his life will come out of us.” — Fred Wolfe
“These criminals represent us. One of them recognized Jesus for who he was and received him; Jesus promised that when he died he would be in heaven with him. The other man rejected Jesus and closed his heart. Unlike the first criminal, when he died he didn’t go to heaven. He went to hell. In that sense, these two men on either side of Jesus are just like every person. We either embrace Christ as our Savior and spend eternity with him, or we reject him and say, ‘I don’t believe it. I’ll have nothing to do with.’ And these people spend eternity separated from him.” — James MacDonald
“When we consider who were there, and when we are honest with ourselves, we know that we were there and that we helped to put Christ there. Because every attitude present on that hilltop that day is present in our midst now. Every emotion that tugs the human heart then, tugs the human heart still. Every face that was there is here too. Every voice that shouted then is shouting still. Every human being was represented on Calvary. Every sin was in a nail or the point of a spear or the thorns. And pardon for them all was in the blood that was shed.
“Nineteen hundred years have passed away. But the range of the centuries with our callused tears have not yet washed away the blood from the rotting wood of a deserted cross. Nor have the winds covered his footprints in the sands of Judea. Calvary still stands, and you and I erect the cross again and again and again every time we sin. The hammer blows are still echoing somewhere in the caverns in your heart and mine. Every time we deny him, every time we sin against him or fail to do what he commanded, he is being crucified again and again and again.
“Were you there when they crucified my Lord? I was. Were you?” — Peter Marshall, Were You There?
As you celebrate Good Friday, what are you remembering that Jesus has done for you?
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