Good Friday stands at the heart and center of the Triduum, even as Christ’s death on the cross, which it commemorates and celebrates, stands at the heart and center of the Christian faith and life. The service of this day is marked by the church’s deepest humility and most solemn reverence, for she gives her attention to the cross and passion of her dear lord and savior, Jesus Christ. However, her sorrow and contrition do not give way to despair; nor does she mourn the death of Christ. Rather, in repentant faith, the church gives thanks for Christ’s atoning sacrifice and lays hold of His redemption in the hearing of His gospel.
A God Who Bleeds, a God Who Dies
Why has God become man? Why does God have flesh? Why does God have a heart that beats, lungs that breathe, a brain with synapses that fire? For this: to die. His heart beats so that it can stop beating. His lungs draw in breaths and exchange oxygen for carbon dioxide so that they can fill with fluid and stop taking in breath. His brain conducts an electro-chemical symphony so that it can stop abruptly before the final act. His eyes see so that they can be blind. His ears hear so they can be deaf. His hands work so they can be pinned to a wooden cross. His blood courses through His veins so it can flow in rivulets down the post of a torture device and leave a crimson stain in the dirt at a place named “Skull.”
God is man so that He can die. For you.
Friday (April 2nd):
7 PM: Teleconference: Dial-in number: (425) 436-6358; Access code: 367780#
I apologize for anyone who tried to join us on the teleconference for Good Friday’s worship.
I had some technical difficulties and ended up doing the whole service with no sound for those trying to listen. Unfortunately, this also affected the recording of the service, so there will be no YouTube version of this service either. However, I’ve figured out what I did wrong and I pray I won’t duplicate the same mistake for Easter. Lord, have mercy on me!