And being found in human form, Jesus humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. – Philippians 2:8
This Friday, April 14th, Redemption Hill will be observing Good Friday together. Good Friday is the day in the church year during which we intentionally look to Jesus’ death for us on the cross. This service is also called Tenebrae, the Latin word meaning shadows. We are doing a Good Friday service for a few reasons. First, we want to read, narrate, and remember the events of Jesus’ death directly out of Luke 22:1-71 and Luke 23:1-56. Second, we want to reflect on these events for our understanding of God and the redemption accomplished by the cross. Lastly, we want to invite all worshippers to renewed prayer and dedication.
So why is it called “Good” Friday? There are a number of ways to answer this question. One is that way back when, “Good” had a different meaning than how we use it today. It meant revered Friday, honored Friday, highly esteemed and venerable Friday. In other words, it was a title lifting up this Friday as especially important and deserving of respect because of what Jesus did for us. In the Eastern Church, they even call this Great and Holy Friday for much the same reason.
The service Friday night will be a prolonged meditation on Christ’s suffering, and is meant to place the participants in the middle of Jesus’ last moments before being laid in a tomb. Readings will trace the story of Christ’s passion, music will portray his pathos and the bewilderment of his followers, and the power of silence and darkness will suggest the drama of this momentous day. As the service proceeds, the sanctuary will darken, concluding in near darkness, symbolizing the darkness which covered the earth at the time of Jesus’ death. Because of this, please plan on entering The Fourhundred humbly, worshiping deeply, and reflecting quietly when the service has concluded, with your heart centered on the suffering of Christ for you and your salvation.
Here are the songs that will be sung on Good Friday:
Our Good Friday service will be this Friday night, April 14th, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., at The Fourhundred. If you are planning on attending, please RSVP here and share the event with your friends, family, and neighbors. No childcare will be provided. Make plans now to join us as we conclude this holy season together by looking to the cross and seeing the iniquity that caused Jesus to be “made a curse (Galatians 3:13).” Our prayer is that during this time, God would once again show us the enormity of our guilt, and help us meditate on the sufferings of Jesus. We pray that God would have compassion on us in your weakness, and would help us let walk in the depths of humility, bathed in the forgiveness of Jesus’ blood and righteousness.