April 10

April 10
by Joe Hill
Today is one of the most powerful days in the church year: Good Friday. On Good Friday, we solemnly remember the lengths to which Jesus Christ went for us as we reflect on his arrest, trial, torture and death. During Holy Week, we walk with Jesus through his last week of life and, on Good Friday, we linger on the gravity of his death on the cross. Today, I encourage you to read John 18-19. And as you read through the story of Good Friday, I want to invite you to do a meditative exercise. Imagine yourself there on that day, as an eye witness to the events. Put yourself in the shoes of different people that were surrounding Jesus on that day. 

    What was it like to be present for those events? To be a curious onlooker, familiar with Jesus but unsure of what would happen?

    What was it like for Peter, following Jesus closely, curious about what was happening, but afraid to be associated with him?

    What was it like for those followers of Jesus who fled as they saw the one they had followed mocked, beaten, and crucified? 

    …or for who sat at the foot of Jesus’ cross as he hung?

Jesus willingly laid down his life for you and for me. He suffered innocently on behalf of those who are guilty. “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).

On Good Friday, it can be tempting to want to jump straight to Easter. Jesus died… but we know how the story ends. But I want to encourage you to spend time in this space. Reflect on how far our savior has gone so that we can be forgiven and reconciled to God. His body was broken, his blood was shed, and our sins were forgiven.

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