Good friday…or is it?

Yesterday was Good Friday. But in Swedish we call it Long Friday. When I was a child, I had to be calm, wasn’t allowed to play or laugh. It was a day of contemplation. I don’t dislike contemplation, it is needed, but as an adult, knowing what really happened this day, I couldn’t help but feel joy. But after yesterday I’m kinda back where i started. To be calm, not playing or laughing. At the Good Friday-service yesterday my pastor preached about what really happened at the cross. It is so much more than what I had realized. Yes, I know Jesus died for all sin of mankind, but I had no idea what it would mean for Jesus himself. God hates sin. He hates it with wrath and that wrath has to go somewhere. I did not know that when Jesus says (Luke 22:42)

“Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me […]”

that it is the reference to the cup of the Lord’s wrath. It says in Jeremiah 25:15

“Thus the Lord, the God of Israel, said to me: Take from my hand this cup of the wine of the wrath, and make all the nations to whom I send you drink it.”

So, Jesus drank that cup of wrath for me, for all of us. He was abandoned by God and cast from heaven. For me. For you. For all of us.

I hear the Savior say,
“Thy strength indeed is small;
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in Me thine all in all.”

Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

Lord, now indeed I find
Thy pow’r, and Thine alone,
Can change the leper’s spots
And melt the heart of stone.

Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

And when before the throne
I stand in Him complete,
I’ll lay my trophies down,
All down at Jesus’ feet.

Oh praise the one
who paid my debt
and raised this life
up from the dead

Noah – the movie

So, I saw Noah last night… A good movie, but beware, not much based on the bible. I can appreciate the dramatical telling of this tale, cause it is a good narrative, BUT, the narrative is not true. This is a fairy tale! If you don’t want spoilers, stop reading now!!

So many things are not from the bible. I had no idea who the watchers were, and the relationship between Noah and his family is not as it is told in the bible. They were godly, righteous people. And, Noah would have loved for others to have come aboard the arch but the people laughed at him and did not believe him. One big thing we, my friends and I, agreed on was good in the movie, is that they portraid sin very well. The people were sinful and put themselves in Gods place. They thought if they were made in His image, they had the right to exploit the earth and all it gave. But we are put here to take care of the earth, not exploit it. Noah and his family were caretakers of the creation, the rest of the world was exploiting it.

When they finally made it on the arch, the movie tells about Noah’s son. He helps a man who is not righteous and is influenced by him and finally wants to kill his own father. As I see it when reading the bible, there was no sin on the arch. It all washed away in the flood and God wanted to start over with Noah and his family; the righteous few. In the movie however, Noah and his family are very flawed in their faith, their following of God. Not that they should be perfect, but they are portraid in a way that seems they do not follow God’s way at all…And the power is put in Noah’s hand, not in God’s. He has to decide if man is worthy enough to have life. God intended from the start that Noah and his family would survive. He was very clear about this, and Noah was grateful and thankful.

So, to conclude…it was a good movie, inspired by the bible but not at all based on it.