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Good Friday

Date: April 19, 2019

“And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lema sbachthani?’ which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’” -- Mark 15:34

The church that I attended growing up had a tradition of making a big deal out of “Good Friday” – the Friday before Easter. I can still feel the somber mood of the special nighttime worship experience. I can still see the dark Sanctuary and the dim candles. I can still hear the songs that were sang in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice. And I can still feel the sting of these words from Mark as they were read aloud in a booming voice from the stage.

 We (rightly) make a point of celebrating and praising Jesus for his sin-defeating sacrifice on the cross. Today is indeed a good Friday. But perhaps it is worth remembering how bad this moment in history was for those disciples that witnessed it. The man they believed was their savior and king, the one who performed unbelievable miracles and taught astounding truths, was suffering. He was weak. He was anguished. And it all happened for our sake.

 Perhaps you’re preparing for some Easter travel this weekend or have big plans to clean up the house in preparation for guests. Perhaps you’re fighting through the 24-hour fast that we were challenged to participate in. Perhaps you’ve hardly had the energy to notice that Good Friday and Easter are upon us. No matter what today brings for you it is worth pausing right now in this moment to remember how much God loves you. He has such overwhelming compassion for you that he suffered and died for your sins. It is a terribly good Friday indeed.

 What areas of your life have been washed clean by the blood of Jesus? Are there any sins that you have not yet confessed into his hands? What might it look like for you and your family to express gratitude to Jesus today?

- Luke Brodeur