Good Friday, Mar. 30

Read Isaiah 52:13—53:12

From Valerie Parsons

Wheeling, WV Island Christian Church

In the church that I was raised in, we celebrated Psalm Sunday, and then Easter with no other services between the two. It wasn’t until I was a teenager that I first began to contemplate the events of Passion Week. And I remember wondering to myself, and I think I might even have asked a Sunday School teacher, what’s so good about Good Friday? It is a dark and somber day. Prayer vigils may be held, and sometimes they are combined with fasting. Often a service of the stations of cross, which is a very spiritually heavy service, is offered because this is the day that Christ was crucified. How awful, and yet, how wonderful it is.

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities… and by his wounds we are healed. That’s what’s so good about Good Friday. It is the day that our Lord took our place in death, that we might be restored to life and relationship with God.

 

Holy God, we thank you we never take the sacred gift of

Life in You for granted. Amen.

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