Join us at 6 PM tonight, Good Friday, for a special message from Pastor Matt.
As we look at the final moments of Jesus’ life and the three key statements he makes, we see the Gospel in its truest form. We see grace, mercy, and justification
Luke 23:34 NIV – “Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.”
Jesus asked for God to forgive them/us, even while they were crucifying him. Jesus was giving them what they did not deserve, forgiveness. This is grace. He gives the same to us and wants us to give the same to others. (Matthew 6:12-15)
Matthew 27:46 NIV – “About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lemasabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).
You could replace the word forsaken with “abandoned.” When Jesus took on our sin punishment, he also suffered the separation from God that our sin caused. He did this for us so that we will never be abandoned by God because of our sin. He took it on fully so we will never feel it. God, in turn, didn’t give us what we do deserve; this is mercy.
John 19:30 NIV – “When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”
Jesus was the final sacrifice for sin, making all who believe justified before God. His blood for the permanent purifying from sin and all unrighteousness. Unlike an animal sacrifice that was temporary, this was once and for all. Sin itself died that day on the cross, Satan was defeated, and the war was over. “It Is Finished” means that Jesus’ work was done and he also did the work for us. (Romans 3:23-28) This is why our works fail to reach God, because only the work of Jesus on the cross will get us into God’s glory.
As we reflect this Good Friday on the work of Jesus on the cross, we need to take a moment to have reverence for what Jesus has done for us. Hold these final words in your heart and mind as if you heard them yourself and Jesus looked at you while he was saying them. Jesus deserves all of our love, honor, respect, worship, glory, and adoration.
Let each of us consider how we are living. Are we living in a way that takes for granted the price Jesus paid for our salvation? Are we living in a way that gives Jesus the honor he is due?
Isaiah 53:3-6 NIV – “3 He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. 4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. 5 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. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
Items needed: Find some juice, water, wine (don’t stress about what you use, it is symbolic). Find some bread, pita, crackers, etc.
*Communion is for people who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and savior. They have made the choice for themselves. Communion is a time to remember what Jesus has done for us, so that we can be in this perfect relationship with God, the Father, through our Lord Jesus Christ that He intended at creation. Please look over the following outline and prepare your heart for communion as a fellowship of believers (the church).
1 Corinthians 11:23-28 NIV – “23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. 27 So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup.”
Matthew 5:23-24 NIV – “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.”
- Take a few minutes for private reflection
- Pray for the bread and cup
- Taking the bread, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
- Drinking the cup, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
Close in prayer.