In case no one has ever told you, Good Friday is the day to think about the depth of Jesus’ love for you. On Good Friday, the innocent, sinless Son of God was whipped, beaten, insulted, and nailed to the cross as payment for the sin of this world so we could be restored back into relationship with God the Father. So today is Good Friday, 2012. A day to stop. Think. Remember. Examine our hearts. I’d like to share with you some simple Good Friday thoughts with you from the Book of Common Prayer. Read on…
I hope you will make these scriptures and reflections your prayer today as you remember God’s lavish love for you. Jesus Christ, going to the cross, for your sin and mine. Think about it. It can change your life. I know it changed mine.
From the Book of Common Prayer, a devotional exploring the meaning of Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection.
We will glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ:
In whom is our salvation, our life and resurrection.
He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:3-5
All you who pass by, behold and see: If there is any sorrow like my sorrow.
Walking in the Way of Jesus
Almighty and everliving God, in your love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
By the Passion of Your Blessed Son
O God, by the passion of your blessed Son you made an instrument of shameful death to be for us the means of life: Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
Give Us Courage
Almighty God, whose beloved Son willingly endured the agony and shame of the cross for our redemption: Give us courage to take up our cross and follow him; who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
In the Way of the Cross
Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.
Give Us Grace
Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave his body to be whipped and his face to be spit upon: Give us grace to accept joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, Have mercy upon us.
Questions: What is it about the Passion of Christ that makes you in awe of God’s love for you? How are you reflecting on Christ’s death today?
I’d love your comments and feedback. Psalm 22 Crucifixion ’04 by Wayne Forte