These thoughts from our friend Nick in an email tonight:

What an incredible time of year to be able to take stock and marvel at God’s great work for us, in sending Jesus to take the just punishment for our sins, and raising Him mightily as Lord and Ruler of all. I was reminded today of the twin aspects of the Cross. In the same act we see both God’s greatest outworking of His love for us, and His clearest verdict concerning our sin. It has been said that ‘before we can see the Cross as something done for us (leading us to faith and worship), we have to see it as something done by us (leading us to repentance).’ We first need to acknowledge that it is our sin driving the nails in, before we can glory in Christ’s great work of salvation.

God’s sovereign work in the Cross of Christ is expressed well by Octavius Winslow – ‘Who delivered up Jesus to die? Not Judas, for money, not Pilate for fear, not the Jews for envy, but the Father, for love!’

May the message of the Cross and the Resurrection reach new ears this Easter weekend.