“Good Friday” is one of the most meaningful days on the church calendar. It is the day we recognize Jesus dying on the cross. Each year we gather as a church to reflect upon the death of our Savior and our role requiring the Atonement. This year we are unable to gather. Nevertheless, we are encouraging our families to recognize Jesus’ death in their homes.
Here are some ideas on how to do so.
First, recognize the chronology of the day. Jesus was beaten and abused throughout Thursday night and into the early morning. The mockery of his trial began at daybreak. Jesus was nailed to the cross at 9am. The day went dark at noon. Jesus’ breathed his last at 3pm. He was placed into the tomb just prior to sunset.
Second, utilize the attached readings that connect the Psalm’s prophecy with its “Good Friday” fulfillment. If you want, use the imagery of light and dark. Candles are good for this. Begin with eight lit candles. After each lesson, extinguish one of the candles. After the eighth reading, let darkness symbolize Jesus’ death. Close with a period of silent reflection.
Lastly, live mindful of Jesus’ death on Saturday. Then, wake up Sunday to worship our risen Lord!
Pastor Rich Hamlin