This is the week that changed everything. On Palm Sunday, Jesus rode triumphantly into Jerusalem (Mt 21:1-11). On the following Sunday, Jesus triumphantly rose from the dead (Mt 28:10). Between those two Sundays, events would unfold to fulfill the promise of God to send One who would crush the head of the serpent would be fulfilled (Gen. 3:15).
On Friday, Jesus endures six trials, is beaten, made to carry his cross, and, finally, crucified between two common thieves. We refer to this day as Good Friday. Why “Good” Friday? The term derives from a time when the word “good” was used to express the concept of pious or holy. It is a Holy day – a day that is set apart. A day when all of the promises of God to send a Redeemer find their fulfillment in the death of the Lord Jesus Christ.
At this worship service on Good Friday, we encourage you to leave the sanctuary in silence and to not engage in casual conversations until you are in the vestibule or outside the building. We do that as a way to be reminded that this day – this Good Friday – is a different day. It is a good opportunity to be intentional in reflecting on all the God accomplished for us in the death of His Son.
Saturday is another silent day. The Disciples are in hiding. Jesus is in the grave. The religious leaders believe they have won. The Enemy is celebrating. But…..Sunday is coming!