Dear Friends and Family of LCC,
I love Holy Week. More people, even unbelievers, think about God and Christ this time of year than at any time besides Christmas. People who have been away from God think about going back to God. People seem to be nicer. I may be imagining that part. Maybe I am just thinking nicer, kinder thoughts. You know, as part of the spirit of the week.
Today is Good Friday. Did you ever think about why it’s called Good Friday? We are not taught or commanded biblically to recognize today as Good Friday. It was not a good thing, what happened to Jesus. I mean if you think of it just as the day that Jesus was arrested, wrongly convicted, and then crucified … It would definitely not be a good day.
It becomes Good Friday when you realize that Jesus came to sacrifice His life for us. He was arrested because he wanted to be arrested. Jesus went where Judas would know where he was and waited. Judas brought the Roman Soldiers and the Temple guard and this happened.
John 18:4-6 Jesus fully realized all that was going to happen to him, so he stepped forward to meet them. “Who are you looking for?”he asked.
“Jesus the Nazarene,”they replied.
“I Am he,” Jesus said. (Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them.) As Jesus said “I Am he,” they all drew back and fell to the ground! 7 Once more he asked them, “Who are you looking for?”
Did you catch that? Jesus said he was who they were looking for and they were knocked to the ground by the Holy Spirit. Jesus was making it clear. He was showing them that he was only going with them because he wanted to go. They could not force him to go or do anything.
That day was a Good Friday. It was a good Friday because it was the day that Jesus showed us the greatest act of love that any one person could do for another, and he did it for all of us.
Tonight at 7:45 we are having our annual Sunset Tenebrae Candlelight service. This is a quiet service to remember the night that Jesus gave his life for us.
We return Sunday morning to celebrate the resurrection. I will be teaching a resurrection message I am calling, “The True Story of Hope“. I love teaching on this topic by the way. We will have an awesome time of worship. Then at the end of each service the kids will have an egg hunt in the yard.
It is going to be a great day. Bring a friend or two or three. I am praying that lives are changed on Sunday. In case you didn’t know I pray that every Sunday.
God bless from your brotha from anotha motha