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Friday, April 10, 2020

Good Friday. Why do we call it Good Friday, when it marks such a dark and bleak event?

In order to appreciate what this day means we need to grasp the fact that we are indeed sinners, that we are enslaved, condemned, and in need of a savior.

Good Friday marks the day when Jesus willingly suffered and died as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. Good is appropriate because the suffering and death of Jesus, as terrible as it was, marked the dramatic culmination of God’s plan to save us. It is a day to remember with extreme gratitude.

On this Good Friday take time to be with Jesus.

I would suggest reading through the chapters that record the final week of Jesus earthly life. You might want to read the account in John from chapters 13 through 19 (we will read John 20 on Easter).

You might want to consider activities such as:

  • washing one another’s feet,
  • taking communion, and
  • spending time in prayer as you read through the passages.

Remember all that Jesus did for you and thank him for each act of grace, from his intense prayer in Gethsemane to the scourging, mocking, and crucifixion he endured on your behalf, and know that He would do it all again, just for you.

I have included a PowerPoint that will walk you through the stations of the cross with a prayer provided. There are links to some songs you might want to listen to and there are some other resources you can check out.  

The Lord Bless You as you stop to reflect on what He has done for you.  

Stations of the Cross

Via Dolorosa: Sandi Patti

How Deep the Father's Love for Us

O Sacred Head Now Wounded

Other service opportunities:  

Holy Trinity Brompton – Good Friday Service  (available from 9:30 AM until 9:30 PM BST)  

Trinity Bible Network (TBN) is streaming a Free Concert with Max Lucado and Chris Tomlin.  Join their Facebook page as they stream the exciting concert LIVE at 8pm EST.