The Crucifixion (Mark 15:1-47)
Today we reflect on the death of God’s Son. The child whose birth we celebrate at Christmas has lived the sinless life and yet he gives his life for us. The innocent for the guilty!
After Jesus is betrayed, arrested, placed on trial with false acquisitions, denied by Peter, condemned, beaten and mocked, he carries his cross to Golgotha (Place of the Skull). There he is crucified along with two other prisoners. Prophecy has been fulfilled.
Take a few minutes today to read from your Bible, reflect on what Jesus has done for you, and pray. Pray often today especially for those you love and any who do not yet know Jesus. Consider what God’s Son has done for you and then let others see your faith.
You are indeed my Savior. On this day I remember your unbelievable sacrifice. You were innocent and yet you willingly gave your life for me. May my life reflect your love. Amen.
You are invited to join us this evening at 7:00 p.m. CST to hear “The Voice of Innocence” and “The Seven Last Words.” Join us in person at 200 North Plum Grove Road, Palatine, IL or online.
See you in church tonight!
P.S. A little more on our Good Friday worship service for those of you who missed last Sunday’s Holy Week post:
On Good Friday, we commemorate the arrest of Jesus, his trial, crucifixion and suffering, death, and burial. Since Holy Communion is a celebration and we are observing the death of Jesus, we do not have communion on Good Friday. You can expect a series of Scripture readings, a dramatic reading entitled “The Voice of Innocence” and time for prayer and meditation. Our service will end in darkness, reminding us not only of Jesus’ death but of the hopelessness in the world without God. The final candle, the Christ candle, will be carried out of the sanctuary to symbolize the death of Jesus. There will be a loud noise to symbolize the closing of Jesus’ tomb.