Good Friday Reflections

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this,
That caused the Lord of bliss,
To bear the dreadful curse,
For my soul, for my soul,
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul.

To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing!

To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing!

To God and to the Lamb, Who is the great “I AM,”
While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing!
While millions join the theme, I will sing.
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on!
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on,
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing and joyful be,
And thro’ eternity, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,
And thro’ eternity, I’ll sing on.

One of H’s friends was over last night. Because last night was Maundy Thursday, she also went to church with us. (She’d never been before.) She was insanely curious about the Christian faith, and I listened as my father explained the essence of our faith – Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross… for us.

I’ve been raised in church, but listening to this explanation, I realized how cynical/ignorant I’ve managed to become. I was struck by my father’s explanation of our faith, but especially of this Holy Week which we now are in.

Holy Week – Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday. Today, we observed the probable hour that Christ died. As I held the heavy wooden cross in front of the congregation (I’m an acolyte/crucifer.), I thought I’m not sure I could do this. I couldn’t even hold the cross still

without my knees wobbling a little bit. How on earth could I pay for my sins in the horrible manner in which Christ died? How could I even pay for my sins at all?

But the Good News is that I don’t have to, because Jesus already has. Because he loves you, me, and the rest of the world enough to give his life so that we might have a relationship with him. And guess what? He’s alive.

He is alive. As Christians, we observe a period of waiting before the two major holidays in our church calendar – Christmas and Easter. Advent and Holy Week. Because we recognize that the joyous events of both holidays couldn’t have happened without the events beforehand.

So in this time of waiting, observing and remembering, we remember the sacrifice of Christ, and await our observance of His resurrection.

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