That was the question we explored at tonight’s Good Friday service:
What’s Good About Good Friday?
Yesterday in my post titled, “Last Words,”
I promised I’d tell you about our Good Friday service.
I told you our pastor, Mary Grace Reynolds,
had selected passages from scripture
that recorded Jesus’ last words.
I shared a few of Jesus’ last words spoken that
last Friday … words that were memorable to me:
- Mark 14: 24-25 = Last supper – blood of the covenant poured out for you
- Mark 14:27-31 = Prediction of Peter’s denial
- Mark 14:35-36 = Take this cup from me…
- Mark 14:42-43 = Are you still sleeping? … the betrayer is coming
But those quotes were from Jesus’ last conversations with His disciples
before He was arrested… before He was hung on the cross.
Tonight’s “Last Words” were from the cross:
- Luke 23: 33-34 = “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”
- Luke 23: 39-43 = “Truly I tell you, you will be with me…”
- John 19: 25-27 = “Woman, here is your son…”
- Matthew 27: 45-49 = “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
- John 28: 28-29 = “I am thirsty”
- Luke 23: 44-46 = “Father, into Your hands…”
- John 19: 30 = “It is finished.”
The selection that was mine to read was #4. I practiced it a lot and still goofed up when I tried to read it orally because the scripture tells it in the language Jesus spoke: “Eloi! Eloi! Lama sabachthani!” I can say it just fine sitting here at my computer – but in front of the congregation? Put on the spot? I faked it! I hope most didn’t notice. I’m sure Jesus forgives me!
Each of us who read was invited to create and share a reflection and a prayer related to our selection.
Here is what I said: “Like Jesus, there are times in our lives when we are in great suffering or turmoil, and we feel God has forsaken us. The Good News is He never has and He never will.”
That’s what’s Good about Good Friday!
Jesus took away our sin. He died for us. Because of His life, death, and resurrection, we can dare to approach God knowing He will never forsake us. Never!
My prayer was this:
“O God, You are our hope and our salvation.
Your Son is our gift, our gateway, our guide.
We thank You for His sacrifice for our sake
that we might be assured of Life Eternal
with You in Heaven.
Thank You for never forsaking us
when we enter Your presence in faith.
We give You our hearts and gratitude.
Tomorrow is “Silent Saturday.”
I will not blog.
I’ll be busy Easter Sunday
with sunrise service and church
and guests here for dinner.
(Hopefully my granddaughter, Hope,
and her hubby and two children,
Xander & Sienna,
will be among the guests)
I bet you will be busy
doing meaningful things
this weekend also.
See ya Monday (God willing)