In the last few weeks there have been many meetings, plays, movies and documentaries to remember the Good Friday Agreement made twenty five years ago in Northern Ireland. The present President Biden of America visited Belfast to acknowledge the Agreement. Former President Clinton and his wife Hilary came for three days.
The Agreement brought about an end to fighting with guns and bombs in Northern Ireland. The way forward for peace was a policital way.
The Agreement in Belfast was reached on Good Friday all those years ago. Often Man’s agreements are broken. A generation has been born in our country who do not know we had war for thirty years. How will they know unless we tell them.
We remember Good Friday for two thousand years because of another Agreement. Jesus suffered and was crucified on that day.
I am reading this morning from a book, the New Testament. It is about Jesus and His Agreement he promised for anyone who believes that he lived on the earth. He came to show God our Father to us.
He spent His last evening on earth with His friends. He shared a cup of wine and said, “This wine is a token of God’s new covenant to save you, an agreement sealed with the blood I will pour out for you.”.
Today, two thousand years later many people all over the world take wine and bread to remember Jesus death and promise to save us from death and eternal hell.
Why do we need Jesus? Because we need rescued from the power of the devil, our sinful nature and the enticements of this world. I testify to the power of the Blood of Jesus. It forgave my sins and healed me from fourth stage cancer. I did not die. I am not in the grave. His blood healed my disease. Jesus agreement is not broken.
He did not buy our freedom with gold. No He paid for it with His blood poured out from his head, his hands and his feet and side. His promise still speaks as we remember His death when we share the bread and wine today.
Will you take up Jesus offer of deliverance from evil and death? Will you reach out and agree with Jesus offer of life on this earth and in the life hereafter?
I hear the words of a song in my mind. They are, “I know where I’m going. I know who is going with me.” Do you know where you are going?