“‘Christ died for our sins’…it is the very essence, the very centerpiece, the very core of our faith. It is the bedrock upon which every precious truth of salvation rests. If that one statement were to be removed from the Bible, there would be no Bible. If that one statement were to be removed from the gospel, there would be no gospel. If that one statement were to be removed from the faith, there would be no salvation. Christ died for our sins, my friends, is not just a wonderful something, it is a marvelous everything.”–Wil Owens, Teaching Pastor
Oh, the GOODness of Good Friday! It’s the day that stands at the center-point of history–the day in which Christ, by dying in our place, secured every heavenly blessing for us.
In a special Good Friday sermon, Teaching Pastor Wil Owens shares the joy we find when we really grasp the greatness of Christ’s saving power and the magnitude of our sin.
“Atonement means that since my sins have now been paid for, since my sins have now been cleared from my record, since my sins have now been washed away, I now have been made right with God. I have been reconciled to God. I have been made righteous before my holy, righteous, Creator. He is now my Father…What this means then is that since Christ took all the ugliness of my sin upon Himself and paid for it with His death, I now have and enjoy all the beauty of every gospel grace given to me freely in Christ.”–Wil Owens
“And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
Matthew Henry: “Angels were heralds of the new-born Savior, but they were only sent to some poor, humble, pious, industrious shepherds, who were in the business of their calling, keeping watch over their flock. We are not out of the way of Divine visits, when we are employed in an honest calling, and abide with God in it….
The shepherds lost no time, but came with haste to the place. They were satisfied, and made known abroad concerning this child, that he was the Savior, even Christ the Lord. Mary carefully observed and thought upon all these things, which were so suited to enliven her holy affection. We should be more delivered from errors in judgment and practice, did we more fully ponder these things in our hearts. It is still proclaimed in our ears that to us is born a Savior, Christ the Lord. These should be glad tidings to all.”