…”It Is Finished”… (John 19:30)




good friday

Sermon Starter

Nothing could be more natural than seeking revenge against one who has wronged you. Even the
youngest child’s untrained sense of fairness demands payback. God’s children, however, are not to submit to
human thinking but to the Word of God. What do the Scriptures say about our desire for revenge? When King
David’s enemies rose against him, the Holy Spirit inspired him to pray in Psalm 41:10: “But You, O Lord, be
gracious to me, and raise me up, that I may repay them!” David prays for vengeance, and God ordains
vengeance. Yet the Scriptures also tell us not to “resist the one who is evil” (Matthew 5:39). What are we to
make of this paradox? As with all matters of the faith, we must look to our Lord’s crucifixion for the answer.
For only by the cross is God gracious to you; only at the cross does He demand payment for every injustice.

Collect of the Day

Almighty God, graciously behold this Your family for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed
and delivered into the hands of sinful men to suffer death upon the cross; through the same Jesus Christ, Your
Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.