Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34
On Good Friday, we come before the Lord in worship and faithful remembrance of His death on the cross.
Most of us probably grew up celebrating Good Friday with the “seven sayings” or the last statements of Jesus when He hung dying on the cross.
I’m sure traditional Good Friday services are best remembered for its length because you will hear seven short sermons by seven speakers.
You probably have experienced a Good Friday service where some speakers had been carried away, forgot about the time limit, and just talked on and on.
There was one Good Friday worship I can’t forget because one speaker took it as an opportunity to make an evangelistic invitation while the rest of the speakers waited for their turn.
For the clergy and the church, the Holy Week celebration is the busiest event in the life of the church. Unlike Christmas, which is only one day, Holy Week is a series of celebrations from the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, Crucifixion on Good Friday and Resurrection on Sunday.
I have experienced participating and preparing for special programs, like a play on Thursday and Friday and Easter Cantata on Sunday.
Oh, how tiring things could be but then we were happy to have engaged in such activities, making the celebration memorable each year.
Today, Christian churches are holding joint Good Friday and Resurrection Day celebrations, organising one big event for several churches and denominations.
Interestingly, there are those who don’t mind lengthy Good Friday worship services because they only come to church twice a year, Good Friday and Christmas.
If you’re in the Philippines, you might hear some people warning you not to get wounded on Good Friday or Black Saturday because it won’t heal. Their explanation was God was dead when you got wounded so you won’t heal. Of course, this could either be a superstition or a joke.
Isaiah 53:5 says, “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.” (emphasis mine)
The very good thing about Good Friday is that the “goodness” isn’t limited on a specific day.
The atonement we gained from the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is one great miracle that time, place, or religion could not confine.
It is a serious relationship with the Saviour Jesus. His goodness and mercy we ought to prove and celebrate on a day-to-day basis.
And we pray, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of life. And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord, forever” (Psalm 23:6).
PHOTO CREDIT: “Rusty Bolt” by Ross Waugh