On the calendar above my desk I discovered something last week that I have obviously read before, but has never really gripped me like it did last week. On my wall calendar from the company that does some of our printing needs for the church, I read in the box for Friday, April 18, 2014 these words – ‘Good Friday’. Now I know that Good Friday has existed for a long time, but what really caught my attention this year was that in our world the day that we remember Christ’s death is still acknowledged. For a lot of people it has become a day off. I was really drawn into Good Friday this year as a day off. The day that we as a church reflect on as the day Jesus Christ died for our sins, is now a day off. A day off to do what? I was really challenged this year with Good Friday.
Then Easter Sunday came. I woke up at 4:59am. My goal was to come to the church. Safely and purposefully, go up on the church roof. Safely and purposefully, go to the pinnacle of our church. Safely and purposefully, I was going to sit at the base of the cross on top of the church. Safely and purposefully, I was going to face the east and watch the sun come up on the horizon. I was going to safely and purposefully take a photo that I could share with everyone on Sunday morning during the Sunday morning gathering. Then safely and purposefully, I was going to climb down, go home and get ready for church.
I did wake up at 4:59am (which is quite amazing considering I am not a morning person). I proceeded outside, walked towards my van and then paused and looked up into the sky. It was completely overcast. I could not see the sky in any direction. I could tell the sun was coming up, but I could not see it at all. I became frustrated and disappointed. I wanted to climb on the church roof (safely and purposefully) and see the sun rise. I went back into the house and sat on the couch. My frustration began to turn into joy as I felt led to rejoice in the fact that I did not need to see the sun rise in order to know that the Son had risen. I began to worship the Lord. Then I must have fallen asleep. I awoke with an attitude of anticipation in regards to coming to CLC and celebrating the plan of God’s love for me.
What a Sunday morning it was. Amazing hymns and songs about Christ’s life and resurrection. Songs of worship that engaged my heart, mind, soul and body into worshipping the God who saved my life. Listening as 6 different members of our congregation read from their Bibles the account of Jesus’ death and resurrection. I love hearing the Bible read in our church gatherings. Well done. As the service went along, I looked forward to sharing the message. This past Sunday morning was a wonderful experience for me.
Here is a quick synopsis of Sunday’s sermon:
- On Good Friday Jesus said many profound and meaningful things.
- There were 3 things that Jesus said on the cross on Good Friday that really grabbed my attention.
- “My God, My God, why have you Forsaken me” (Mark 15:34 NLT)
- “Father, Forgive them!” (Luke 23:34 NIV)
- “It is Finished” (John 19:30 NLT)
Blessings as you continue to remember Good Friday, Easter Sunday and all that God has done to show His love for you.