Holy and Great Friday
Thou hast redeemed us from the curse of the Law by Thy precious Blood: nailed to the Cross, and pierced by the spear, Thou hast poured forth immortality upon men; O our Saviour, glory be to Thee.
In this Dismissal Hymn for Holy and Great Friday, we see revealed the awesome mystery of the passion, “Thou has poured forth immortality upon men”. It was for this reason that the Lord came into the world, to save His creation.
We are speechless and utterly shaken at the great suffering and condescension of our Lord, Who for our sakes bowed-down the heavens and took on flesh. He Who is wrapped in light as with a garment deigned to clothe Himself in the flesh of humanity, becoming a true man. That we might believe that God has orchestrated this, the redemption of fallen Adam, since the beginning, our merciful God has planted many seeds, many prophecies. These prophecies are made known to us, for the entirety of the Old Law, that is to say the Old Testament, was written for this purpose. Behold the words of the Prophet Esaias:
He was led as a sheep to the slaughter.
And as a blameless lamb dumb before His shearer, so opened He not His mouth.
In His humiliation His judgment was taken away.
And who shall declare his generation?
For His life is taken up from the earth.
Sacrificed is the Lamb of God, Which taketh away the sin of the world, for the life and salvation of the world.
The fog has lifted, the veil of the Law removed and things are made plain to us. In the Sundays leading up to the Passion, we read that the Lord began providing clues to His Disciples concerning the passion and the events soon to occur. Thus the Lord demonstrates that He is more than a sooth-sayer or fortune teller, for He was the very Author of these words, spoken at the beginning of time and delivered to our fathers, that they might be consoled in this world of darkness and sin. The Lord made a promise and now He has fulfilled it. That we might believe that all of this occurred to the Lord’s will, He set forth the events in shocking clarity:
All that look upon me have laughed me to scorn; they have spoken with their lips and have wagged their heads.
He hoped in the Lord; let Him deliver him, let Him save him, for He desireth him.
For Thou art He that drewest me forth from the womb; my hope from the breasts of my mother.
On Thee was I cast from the womb; from my mother’s womb, Thou art my God.
Depart not from me, for tribulation is nigh, for there is none to help me.
Many bullocks have encircled me, fat bulls have surrounded me.
They have opened their mouth against me, as might a lion ravenous and roaring.
I have been poured out like water, and scattered are all my bones; my heart is become like wax melting in the midst of my bowels.
My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue hath cleaved to my throat, and into dust of death hast Thou brought me down.
For many dogs have encircled me, the congregation of evil doers hath surrounded me; they have pierced my hands and my feet.
They have numbered all my bones, and they themselves have looked and stared upon me.
They have parted my garments amongst themselves, and for my vesture have
they cast lots. Psalm 21
This is no coincidence, this is no manner of chicanery due to a bogus scriptural translation, or some elaborate conspiracy as some have asserted. This is the preview of future events. All that the Lord hath willed, He hath done! This is the proof to us that the Lord has wrought salvation for His people in the midst of the Earth.
All the ends of the earth shall remember and shall turn unto the Lord, and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before Him…Yea, my soul liveth for Him, and my seed shall serve Him. The generation that cometh shall be told of the Lord, and they shall proclaim His righteousness to a people that shall be born, which the Lord hath made. Psalm 21
And so beloved, the Lord has given us a new Passover, that we shall remember and keep this feast and our children shall keep it, and their children…
And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever. Exodus 12:14