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At Calvary, Jesus united evangelism with His work of restoring society. He broke the chains that shackled the world’s cultures to their own sins; justice and mercy meet and kiss each other at the blood-sprinkled throne of grace we call Golgotha. By faith the world is called to join in the glorious liberty of the children of God. The beginning of the end has come, the previews of coming attractions when God will finally and perfectly restore “a new heaven and a new earth, the home of the just” (2 Peter 3:13).
from “Evangelism: Doing Justice and Preaching Grace” by Harvie M. Conn page 67
Each year on Good Friday, we celebrate the unjust execution of Jesus at Calvary. It seems morbid to the watching world to rehash the stripes, the wounds, and the piercings, but the celebration of Good Friday is about the victory of light over darkness. What will the power of the cross accomplish this year in the lives of ransomed sinners? Who will be liberated this year and embraced into the citizenship of the New Jerusalem? What broken lives, cultures, or social structures will be given new life through the blood of the risen Lamb? O my soul, don’t lose the power of the cross in the repetition of familiar scriptures or songs. O my soul, be at rest and meditate on the unbreakable Word of God which spoke the phrase, “it is finished!” O my soul, bless the Lord, Jesus, the Lamb who takes away the sins of the world.
Harvie Conn taught that everyone is both a sinner and the sinned against. If we preach the gospel to sinners and leave out the sinned against, then we are only speaking to half of the problem. Christ died to save me from my sin, but he also died to save me from being sinned against.
I asked the question of my pastor, how do we bring this element back into worship services which have become so individualistic. My colleague, Anthony Johnson, spoke up and reminded me that gospel music is full of the response of the sinned against to the power of the gospel. (I was a little embarrassed that I missed that.)