Friday, April 2, 2010

Good Friday

Today is a day of darkness.

It's the "Bad Day" on our Christian Calendar.

It's the day we remember our Savior, our Christ - the man, Jesus - hanging on a cross.  Giving up his last breath.

For you.  And me.

Many of us in the congregation are fasting today.  And when we feel temptation or the need to give in to our fast - we are remembering the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus gave for us. 

Today is a day of darkness.  Sadness.  And... Expectancy.

If you'd like to spend some time in Scripture today, remembering the events of this day so long ago, here are some passages to read (based on the Stations of the Cross):

Jesus is condemned to death.  Matthew 27:11-26.
Jesus accepts his cross.  Mark 15:16-20.
Jesus falls the first time.  Psalm 5.
Jesus meets his brother.  Luke 2:25-35.
Simon helps Jesus.  Matthew 27:32.
Veronica wipes the face of Jesus.  Isaiah 53:4-5.
Jesus falls the second time.  Acts 3:17-26.
Jesus consoles the women.  Luke 23:27-31.
Jesus falls the third time.  Isaiah 53:7-9.
Jesus is stripped of his garments.  John 19:23-24.
Jesus is nailed to the cross.  Mark 15:22-36.
Jesus dies on the cross.  John 19:25-30.
Jesus is placed in the arms of his mother.  John 19:31-37.
Jesus is buried in the tomb.  John 19:38-42.

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