This is Good Friday, the day we remember Jesus’ crucifixion. Most congregations will read scriptures that focus on his arrest, trail, beating and crucifixion. Others will run their services from noon until three p.m. because this is believed to be the time of his death. Still others will concentrate on the seven phrases he said on the cross.
Crosses will be draped with purple to symbolize his royalty, or black to show his death. Bells might toll thirty-three times to symbolize the number of years he lived on earth. Many will follow the twelve stages of the cross, the last twelve actions of his life here on earth.
All that symbolism is terrific, but more importantly, what will we personally do about Jesus?
God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die. (John 3:16, CEV)
Prayer – Lord, give us your grace, the kind of grace that makes Jesus more than a symbol in our lives. We accept what he did for us on the cross, with renewed commitment, love and service. Thank you. Amen