We are in the midst of what is called “The Three Days.” Last night we had a wonderful Maundy Thursday Service that recalled the Last Supper. Today is “Good Friday.” It will be celebrated here at the church with a ProtoStar event tonight at 6:30 and also through the film “Risen” also tonight at 6:30.
Good Friday is the day commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus. In Paul’s wonderful song to Jesus he writes:
“And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death – even death on a cross!” [Philippians 2:8]
There are all sorts of ways to die, but crucifixion was an unimaginably cruel way to die. The Romans were masters at inflicting pain in death and their methods of crucifixion were cutting edge for the time. Perhaps we don’t always understand why it had to be so barbarous, but we must understand and Christianity teaches this, that we needed this to happen to be free of our rebellious nature, sin.
I will be preaching today at noon on this marvelous verse, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” [Luke 23:34]. Wow! These words are uttered from the cross!
We are ignorant and we need the forgiveness of God provided through the life and death of Jesus. Have you incorporated the forgiveness of God into your life? Have you experienced Jesus personally and intentionally? If not, I can only encourage you to run to Jesus and embrace him as your Lord and Savior as son as possible.
Sunday is the great resurrection day! The text is John 20:1-18 and the message is entitled, “Have you seen Jesus?” We all need to see Jesus and we all can see Jesus because of the resurrection. If we receive his forgiveness we are different people.
Rev. Timothy Bees
First Baptist Church Of Dubuque