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Good Friday: Reflecting on God's Love Displayed

By Pastor David Rapp in Redeemer Presbyterian Church 21 days ago | 1933 views Link: https://goo.gl/2dvnZB

Reflect on God’s Love Displayed in the Cross of Christ

Today is Good Friday. The day the sun was blotted out as the Son of God hung on a cross of wood.

He cried, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46) so that we might never be forsaken by God.

He said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)

He said to a condemned criminal, “today you will be with me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43) and died to open the gates of Paradise to all who trust in his sacrifice.

He said, “It is finished” (John 19:30) because redemption was accomplished and there is nothing left for us to do but trust in his perfect work for us.

Jesus is “the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2).

Reflect and Worship

Redeemer does not yet have a Good Friday service. But let me encourage you to set aside time in the next few days for you (and your family) to reflect on Jesus’ death.

Specifically, I encourage you to read the account in one of the gospels: Matthew 26-27, Mark 14-15, Luke 22-23, or John 18-19.

The Order of Worship for this Sunday is available here:

http://redeemerprestemple.org/worship

You can sing one or two songs that we’ll sing together on Easter:

My Redeemer

The Power of the Cross

King of Saints

Jesus I Come

Across the Lands

Or maybe sing one or two of these:

Beneath the Cross of Jesus

And Can It Be

O Come and Mourn with Me Awhile

There Is a Fountain

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Christ is Risen

In Christ Alone

Then pray that the hearts, thoughts, words, and attitudes of you and your family would be shaped more and more by the knowledge that your sin is so bad that it required the Son of God to die for it, but that God’s love for you is so infinitely great that the Father willingly sent his Son, and Jesus willingly gave his life, that you might be forgiven, brought into his family, where you will live and feast with him forever.

Until the darkness lifts, the Son rises, and together we shout together, “Alleluia! He is risen!”

May the peace of Christ be with you,

David

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