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Lent Day 39

April 3, 2015

Good Friday

Today is that day in our church year that’s hard to understand why it’s called what it is. What could be ‘good’ about killing Jesus?

Good Friday worship always moves me and often brings tears. We strip the altar and cover the cross in black. In my mind, I hear the pounding of the nails into Jesus’ palms, feet and sides and I can only try to imagine his pain.

I leave the service in silence with my fellow believers. And at least until we get in our cars, we are with Jesus in his death.

For Christians today, of course, we know now that Jesus will rise from the dead in three days. Impossible to believe, really, but through our faith in God’s almighty power, we know that all things are possible.

We know, also, that God loves us so much He sent His only Son to die for us.

John 3:16 (NRSV) For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

In that we can see the ‘good’ in this Friday. We can worship in sadness and darkness today. We can mourn today. We can question how they could have killed Jesus.

We can do those human things because we are confident in our faith that God will raise His Son from death – for us – on Sunday morning.

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