"It is Good Friday. And there are a lot of good things about it. Rain falls at this time of year, sun shines and beautiful things grow. So what draws us today to think about an instrument of death? Is there not something better we could do with our day to enrich our lives? Everything in the world...tells us that there are others things we could be doing to enhance our longevity, improve our lifestyle, increase our happiness. But the truth is...these things do not bring what they promise. We are all dying to live, but the allure of this life is always proven to be an illusion...Our health is compromised. A relationship fails. A loved one dies. The opportunity of a lifetime falls through...
The truth is...we were meant to live for more than the things of this world, and the real currency that purchased our freedom is death--Jesus' death on the cross. None of our achievements matter in light of what Jesus achieved on the day he died."
It's easy to get frustrated on Good Friday. Today, we focus on Christ's pain and agony and on His humiliation and shame. We think about our Lord, bloody and beaten, nailed to a cross, and we don't understand how Peter, one of His disciples who witnessed countless miracles and heard heavenly sermons, could deny the Christ being crucified right in front of him. But how many times have we denied Christ with our words, with our attitudes, and with our actions? How many times have we missed obvious chances to stand up for our Christian morals and values? We can all relate to Peter more than we'd like to admit...but the same forgiveness and grace shown to Peter is offered to us. Christ God has already conquered sin for us; He has already paid our ransom.
Think about this as your family prepares for worship tonight. Use this Good Friday service as a starting point, a fresh start. God's redemption and forgiveness are waiting for you.
"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Good Friday Worship
(Observance of the Lord's Supper)