Friday, March 30
Today we say “Yes” to Church and “No” to Skipping Out. In case you’re wondering, this is not a ploy to increase church attendance on Good Friday. Many churches are hosting Good Friday services and each church hopes to fill every chair. However, only the most committed church-goers typically attend a Good Friday service. That’s too bad, because Good Friday is one of the most powerful worship services that any Christian Church hosts.
Good Friday represents the day that evil believed it had won a victory through the death of Jesus Christ. For those who were experiencing Good Friday in real-time, it likely represents the longest day of their lives. Everything that Jesus’ followers believed in had vanished, with no hope or plans for their respective futures. They had lost everything.
When the modern church remembers Good Friday with special worship services, we try to rebuild those feelings of loss. We’re not trying to make people feel guilty or bad. Rather, we’re trying to paint the picture that the world would be experiencing if we didn’t have the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. We might keep in mind that this kind of despair is similar to the feelings that non-believers experience when tragedy strikes them. Without Faith, they don’t know where or how to turn for hope and guidance.
Good Friday is a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate Faithfulness in the midst of struggle and adversity. Like Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Luke 1:2, NIV).
Today is Good Friday. Find a Good Friday worship service today and No Skipping!