On January 1, I announced a new blog series here at Joy Woven Deep. If you haven’t seen that post yet, I encourage you to check it out, then come on back and join in the journey.
What’s this holy day all about?
Good Friday marks the day when the Jewish religious leaders demanded that the Roman officials kill Jesus. Based on what the Jewish leaders believed to be blasphemy (Jesus’ claim to be God) and the Roman officials’ belief that He was a threat to their government (due to Jesus’ claim to be King), they convicted Him and sentenced Him to death. Jesus was beaten, flogged, scorned, given a crown of thorns, and nailed to a cross. As He was dying, He invited the thief hanging on the cross next to Him into paradise; He fulfilled prophecy; He claimed “it is finished.” On Good Friday, most simply, we remember Christ crucified (John 18-19).
What’s the history of this observance?
There are records of Good Friday observances as early as the 4th century. The holy day eventually became known as a day of fasting and penance. Historically, many Christians have observed Good Friday by commemorating the “Stations of the Cross,” which is a series of fourteen events surrounding Christ’s death. It is also traditional to venerate a cross in a ceremony.
What’s it to me?
Everything. This day is everything to us. This is the day that we nailed him to the tree, the day that our sin and the brokenness of this world lost its power over us because the blood of the perfect Lamb was spilled. “It is finished,” Jesus said, just before He died. That’s what this day is to us. It is the day where all that we owed was paid, where all the sin and chaos we started was finished. This is the day we each deserved to face ourselves, yet our burden has been carried instead.
So, boil it down for me, would you?
Good Friday commemorates the day when Jesus was crucified and killed at the hands of jealous Jewish religious leaders, Roman government officials, and, ultimately, each of us. This is the day of the Lamb of God, the sacrificed One, Who takes away the sins of the world.
So, how could we observe it?
Read the Lectionary texts.
Read + pray the liturgy for Good Friday.
It’s not too late to join us for an the remainder of our Holy Week journey through a simple devotional. Click to have Deep & Lowly: taking refuge in the Suffering Servant emailed to you.
Read Jerusalem Greer’s Holy Week ideas from last year (family friendly).
Attend a Stations of the Cross and/or Good Friday service at your church or in your community.
Download the Sacred Ordinary Days Essentials Workbook and grow in your understanding of Lent + Holy Week through the one page summary. Then use the workbook pages to reflect on the past season and reset for the remainder of the season of Lent.
Add touches of purple (reminds us of Christ’s painful death and His royalty) and red (reminds us of Jesus’ shedding of blood) to your home through decor, flowers or candles.
Reflect upon the debt that was paid for you at the cross, and give thanks to the One Who loved you so much that He paid it.
For kids: Bake a hot cross bun together. Braid yarn or string to make a Triduum Bracelet. Read an account of Christ’s crucifixion from the Jesus Storybook Bible or other children’s Bible.
Create a playlist from songs we’ve been gathering on the Facebook page, where we asked what people were they have been listening to in order to orient their hearts during Holy Week.
Death Was Arrested by Gwinnett Worship
Oh the Blood by Kari Jobe
Power of the Cross by Natalie Grant
High Noon by Andrew Peterson
Christ is Risen by Matt Maher
This I Believe, Our Father & Calvary by Hillsong Worship
How Deep the Father’s Love for Us
There is a Fountain Filled with Blood
Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy
Hallelujah! What a Savior
I would love for you to join the conversation. Would you add your voice to the conversation via blog post comments or on the Facebook page and share your thoughts on these questions with us?
What are your ideas for observing Holy Week + Maundy Thursday?
Which components of exploring liturgy and the Christian calendar are you thinking about this week?
Is this series serving you well? What are you enjoying? How could it improve?
From Him | Through Him | To Him,