A Good Friday Message: The Plan

March 25, 2016

Crown of thornsWhen they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head.  And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified.
Here at the end of another tense week of life in 2016, with terrorism, violence and uncertainty rising like red skies in the east, it’s easy to wonder where the world all went so horribly wrong.  We see injustice when a brave officer and father falls in his duty.  We see trial when travelers find their security ripped from them in an explosive flash.  We see inhumanity when something as simple as protecting a disabled child from being torn apart in the womb brings angry condemnation from the medical elite.
We see it all and we wonder.  And maybe, in the darkest moments, we are even tempted to wonder if anyone really cares.
There is One who cares, and who has always cared.  He cared so much that He set a plan in motion at the very second that our world began its descent into depravity, although no man knew what that plan would be.
Foreshadowing, yes.  Ancient prophecies, yes.  But just like many today, our broken world waited, watched, and even doubted that anyone would rise to save the day.
Military leaders tried to fill that role but each has failed.  Kings and kingdoms have arisen, but none has withstood the test of time.  And even in our own desperately arrogant age, a time when we pretend to know all about all, the world is looking for someone to come.
In truth, the King has come.  And today we remember His betrayal, His suffering, and His sacrificial death on an ugly, brutal cross.   This isn’t a fairy tale, or a cleverly devised plan to fool the masses or generate sympathy for religious ideals.  No, this was the fulfillment of the plan, the one He set in motion, the one that is offered so freely, the one that is so widely rejected.
Jesus is the One.  And Good Friday – in all of its pain and sorrow – Good Friday is His triumph and the triumph of all who have placed their trust in Him.
The King has come.  He is coming again.  And it’s all a part of His glorious, unstoppable, and incomprehensible plan.
May you have a blessed Good Friday.
Mike Fichter
President and CEO
Indiana Right to Life
Colossians 2:14-15


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