Good morning, Divine Family of Faithful Believers:
What an amazing gift we have received, through Christ Jesus. We have been reconciled with God the Father. We can forever enjoy a life united with God, through the perfect sacrifice of the Lamb of God. Jesus was the last and final sin offering for the world. All we have to do is to believe in him and we shall be saved.
The deliberate and loving journey of Christ to the cross was filled with sacrifice, hurt, betrayal and pain. The good news is, we already know how the story ends. Sometimes, however, certain parts of the story are extracted and those extracted pieces take on a life of their own.
One such example is Friday the 13th. What is the biblical origin? In an on-line article by History.com, according to biblical tradition, 13 guests attended the Last Supper, held on Maundy Thursday, including Jesus and his 12 apostles (one of whom, Judas, betrayed him). The next day, of course, was Good Friday, the day of Jesus’ crucifixion.
The seating arrangement at the Last Supper is believed to have given rise to a longstanding Christian superstition that having 13 guests at a table was a bad omen—specifically, that it was courting death.
Though Friday’s negative associations are weaker, some have suggested they also have roots in Christian tradition: Just as Jesus was crucified on a Friday, Friday was also said to be the day Eve gave Adam the fateful apple from the Tree of Knowledge, as well as the day Cain killed his brother, Abel.
Now, I truly believe some of this is a stretch. The most important thing to remember is this…..IT DOESN’T MATTER AND HERE IS WHY!!!!
2 Corinthians 5:16-21
J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)
16-21 This means that our knowledge of men can no longer be based on their outward lives (indeed, even though we knew Christ as a man we do not know him like that any longer). For if a man is in Christ he becomes a new person altogether—the past is finished and gone, everything has become fresh and new. All this is God’s doing, for he has reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ; and he has made us agents of the reconciliation. God was in Christ personally reconciling the world to himself—not counting their sins against them—and has commissioned us with the message of reconciliation. We are now Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were appealing direct to you through us. As his personal representatives we say, “Make your peace with God.” For God caused Christ, who himself knew nothing of sin, actually to be sin for our sakes, so that in Christ we might be made good with the goodness of God.
Family, put your fears to rest. The old is gone. Rejoice and serve the Lord with gladness.
In Christ, alone,
Rev. Marcia Davis