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Good Friday - The Cross

Posted on April 15, 2022 at 9:55 AM

Today we celebrate Good Friday, when we remember the day Jesus was cruelly put to death. Some people may wonder why we “celebrate” such an awful event. And true, it is a very sad day.

 

However, we can celebrate because we know the ending to the story! The great sacrifice of the cross meant that Jesus had to endure immense suffering, humiliation, and ultimately, crucifixion, all for the Glory of God and for our salvation. The same people who lauded Jesus when he rode into Jerusalem, only a few days later condemned him to a most horrible death on the Cross.

 

How many times have I condemned Jesus after praising him earlier? Have I denied Jesus when I put other things before my faith? Was I actually saying horrible words to Jesus when I ragged on or dishonored a coworker or spouse? Did I turn my back on Jesus when I looked down on the homeless or denied help to a stranger or even to a friend? Could I have pounded nails into Jesus’s hands and feet when I disobeyed one of his commandments?

 

In so many ways I have acted as bad as that crowd in Jerusalem. My actions hurt Jesus as much as those of Pilate and the soldiers. Yet Jesus died on the Cross for me anyway. Despite my failings and my faults, despite my lack of trust and sinful ways, Jesus died FOR ME and FOR YOU. That indeed is something to celebrate.

 

“We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee, because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.” These words I will be speaking as I attend the Stations of the Cross service at my church this afternoon. I hope to be properly penitential as I remember what Jesus experienced on that dark Friday two thousand years ago, and the incredible gift he gave to us.

 

I encourage you to take some time today to meditate on Jesus’ death. Attend Stations of the Cross, or a Veneration of the Cross service if you can. If you cannot get out, you can find resources on the internet to walk you through a meditation on Good Friday. One that I particularly like is here:

https://provpresri.org/docs/GoodFri2013StationsCross%20(1).pdf

 

May you be blessed as you ponder the gift of the Cross.

 

Have a blessed Good Friday!

Faye

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