Friday (Good Friday) - Holy Week Prayer
Jesus cried out to you on the cross,
“Why have you forsaken me?”
You seemed so far from his cry
And from his distress.
Those who stood at the foot of the cross
Wondered where you were,
As they saw Jesus mocked and shamed and killed.
Where were you then?
We, too, ask where you are,
When there is trouble and suffering and death,
And we cry out to you for help.
Be near to us, and save us
So that we may praise you for your deliverance.
We wait, on Friday, for the resurrection of Sunday
And sometimes our lives seem a succession of Fridays
And we cannot see what is “Good.”
Teach us to call your name
As Jesus did.
Make us to trust in you like little children.
In Jesus’ name,
-Excerpted from 8 Prayers for Each Day of Holy Week by Maria Miriam on iBelieve.com.
John 18:1-40 https://www.biblestudytools.com/john/18.html
John 19:1-42 https://www.biblestudytools.com/john/19.html
Isaiah 53:1-12 https://www.biblestudytools.com/isaiah/53.html
Hebrews 10:16-25: https://www.biblestudytools.com/hebrews/passage/?q=hebrews+10:16-25
"Over 2000 years ago, a man named Jesus Christ of Nazarene died on a cross for the salvation of Jews and Gentiles alike. Today, we, too, celebrate two days before Easter Sunday in the United States, Good Friday. A beautiful way to reflect and meditate on His sacrifice on Good Friday is with hymns and worship songs.
Contrary to the name, Good Friday is a day commemorated to the crucifixion and death of Jesus. As a solemn day, often observed with fasting, Holy Friday represents the anniversary of not only His death but, more importantly, the crutch of Christianity through His resurrection. A beautiful way to reflect and meditate on His sacrifice on Good Friday is with hymns and worship songs. As you listen, remember the amazing love of our Savior, the victory over sin, and the new life that is available to you!
Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:12-23 the entire premise on which this day is based:
"But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is worthless, and so is your faith. In that case, we are also exposed as false witnesses about God. For we have testified about God that He raised Christ from the dead, but He did not raise Him if in fact the dead are not raised... (Read full passage here.)
Because of His death, we can live, and this Good Friday, it's time to worship, praise, and reflect on what this story of redemption means for each of us today."
-Excerpted from 10 Good Friday Hymns and Worship Songs to Inspire Reflection and Praise by Amber Ginter on iBelieve.com.
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Originally published Friday, 02 April 2021.