I have a pretty set routine for Fridays. I get up, make breakfast and say goodbye to my wife as she heads to work. I take my daughter to school, then usually do the food shopping. At some point I end up finishing work that did not get done (even though Friday is my day off). But today is different. Today I spend more time focused on one thing. Today is Good Friday, a day we remember Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross.
Some churches do not hold Good Friday services. Some do, but many Christians do not attend. And that is a shame. Yes I know, its another day or night at the church after a special Palm Sunday service and possibly Maundy Thursday service (are we really that busy that we cannot spend one more hour in worship?). I know there are so many other things going on. But is it right to go from the celebration of Palm Sunday to the celebration of Easter without going through Golgatha? Let us stop for a moment and think about one thing…Jesus.
Good Friday is the most solemn day on the church calendar. It is a day that we stop to consider His death for us. It is not a day to celebrate, rather a day to remember. It is a day to focus on His passion, His pain and His love. It is important.
Today, even if you do not attend a service, please read one of the gospel accounts of the passion. Please stop for a little time and consider what Jesus went through for you. Please take a moment and give thanks for what God has done, is doing and will do for you. And may your Good Friday be one of significant blessings.
To read the Gospel of John’s account of the passion, click here