Today is Good Friday. For many Christians, including myself today is one of the most meaningful days of the Church year. For others, however, Good Friday isn’t really on the radar.
It may be easy to simply skip right over Good Friday and start thinking about Easter. Today, I would encourage you to take time today to ponder the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ. It was on the Cross that our salvation occurred. As Paul, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit wrote:
“See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.” (Colossians 2:8–15, ESV)
If you are able, attend a Good Friday service. Some congregations have a noon service that is called “Tre Ore” that is a three hour service comprised of 7 mini services (about 20 min each) that have short sermons on each of Christ’s last 7 words. At others, including Messiah, we have a “Tenebrae” service (Tenebrae means darkness). This service gradually gets darker as we remember the hours of darkness as Christ hung on the Cross and meditate on His Passion. This He suffered willingly for you. Even in the midst of darkness we are reminded that Jesus Christ is the Light of the world, the Light no darkness can overcome.
If you are in the area, we would love to see you tonight at 6:30 for our Tenebrae Service