Welcome To Passion Week (Part 3)
PALM SUNDAY – MATTHEW 21:1-11 HOLY TUESDAY – JOHN 13:21-38 HOLY WEDNESDAY – MATTHEW 26:14-25 MAUNDY THURSDAY – JOHN 18:1-29
GOOD FRIDAY –
In the time in which our Lord walked upon the earth, He established the local New Testament church and many other ordinances. However, what most people, know of the Gospel story is the Death, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus. This is the most important part of our faith. This is what many regard as a Cardinal doctrine, which simply means, “without this, it would collapse”. We must take time to remember this most sacred time and give reverence to God for sending His son to take our place. Welcome to Holy Week!
Good Friday, also known as “Holy Friday,” is the Friday immediately preceding Easter Sunday. It is celebrated traditionally as the day on which Jesus was crucified. The Bible does not instruct Christians to remember Christ’s death by honoring a certain day. The Bible does give us freedom in these matters, however. Romans 14:5 tells us, “One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.” Rather than remembering Christ’s death on a certain day, once a year, the Bible instructs us to remember Christ’s death by observing the Lord’s Supper. I Corinthians 11:24-26 declares, “…this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood:this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.”
Why is Good Friday referred to as “good”? What the Jewish authorities and Romans did to Jesus was definitely not good (see Matthew chapters 26-27). However, the results of Christ’s death are very good! Romans 5:8, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” I Peter 3:18 tells us, “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:”
Many Christian churches celebrate Good Friday with a subdued service, usually in the evening, in which Christ’s death is remembered with solemn hymns, prayers of thanksgiving, a message centered on Christ’s suffering for our sakes, and observance of the Lord’s Supper. Whether or not Christians choose to “celebrate” Good Friday, the events of that day should be ever on our minds because the death of Christ on the cross—along with His bodily resurrection—is the paramount event of the Christian faith.
So what does this mean to you and I?
A. Remember His Suffering – Many people think about Jesus being hit a couple of time and having down of rose thorns placed upon His head. That is simply NOT true! The MOST accurate depiction of His suffering would be The Passion Of The Christ movie. Though this movie is extremely graphic, it comes the closest to the historical event of the beatings. Our Lord endured this beating without a word, nor did He try to ruin away to escape the pain of this event. He stood there and took what we all deserved without a complaint.
His suffering makes a way for me to be with Him so that I don’t have to suffer. I encourage all Christians to watch this movie once a year in remembrance of His suffering. Do you remember His suffering? The more you think of His suffering, the less you are apt to complain about life’s small inconveniences.
B. Recall Our Sentence – Most people fail to realize that we all have a death sentence upon us. In that first garden, mankind brought sin into the world and now we are sinners by nature, while Adam and Eve were sinners by choice. There was a death sentence passed and we have to pay the price. Rightfully, we all deserve to die and go straight to everlasting torments. However, the story doesn’t end there. God provided a way that we don’t have to have that death sentence. The only thing that will expunge our death sentence is the precious sacrifice of Jesus. Have you excepted it today? If not, you have better before it is too late.
C. Receive His Sacrifice – Just knowing God sent you a way to escape the torments of everlasting punishment is not enough. You must receive this gift. Thinking you are going to heaven without excepting Jesus is like going to a restraunt and excepting the wait staff to treat you royalty when you don’t even know them.
If you don’t know Jesus, then why would He invite you into is house? You have to be prepared and have to have accepted the invitation. God so loved you that He gave His life away in order for you to keep yours. This Good Friday, remember that Jesus died a horrible death so you can live a fulfilling life for Him. Are you? In the new few days we will talk about the remaining days of Holy Week. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.