Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed."
(1 Peter 2:24 KJV)
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
John 3:16 KJV)
The day Jesus Christ died for us on the cross is called "Good Friday?" This would seem to me to be a time for grief and sadness not a time to think of "good." Though somewhere in the article was the thought that it might have originally been called "God's Friday." But think of the sins we had committed and how long Our Awesome God had permitted them to occur before putting His Son to such a horrible and degrading death as the Roman Cross. How can we as humans doubt God's love for us?
A brief history of "Good Friday" should include such things as 1) by the first century following Jesus Christ's death, every Friday was a day of fasting and prayer, 2) by the fourth century the Church was observing the Friday before Easter as "Good Friday," and depending on the Church the traditions and rituals had changed. Most Churches had dark things such as clothing and the sanctuary dark with some having ritual prayers and times to say each of them. Certain Churches had their observation between certain hours and certain lessons were read during those hours.
There is a purpose behind this quiet and almost grim presentation and it is to make us aware of the grief and sacrifice of God's only begotten Son for our sins. It is to remind us that only a perfect non-sinning entity, Jesus Christ could be the sacrifice for us. Our Awesome God gave His only son, a part of Himself so that you could be forgiven your sins and become His adopted children. Such wonderful love! "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." (John 3:16-17 KJV). Can you truly doubt God's love?
Join us at LWBC as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard to tell everyone about Jesus Christ and His salvation. We start with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. There are Prayer Meetings at 7:00 PM on Wednesday and AWANA for children on Sunday evening at 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM. See what you can do and learn!
Flo & Bill