Good Friday meant going to church when I was a little girl. We would get dressed in a special Easter dress and go with my parents to church. My Dad Pastored in a community that’s ministers took turns hosting the Good Friday Service. What a different experience I had as a young girl listening to different Pastor’s preach a Good Friday message.
I remember one particular Good Friday we sat in a cathedral type sanctuary with vaulted ceilings and white walls. The large pipe organ played familiar hymns while we sang about Jesus.
I can’t remember what we sang. I can’t remember the title of the message. What I do remember is the sad music and the depressing heaviness that held the sanctuary in its grip.
No one talked, except the occasional cough. The sanctuary was quiet. The minister’s somber tones washed over me and I remember feeling a deep sadness.
I remembering thinking to myself, “Someone needs to tell these people Jesus isn’t dead anymore.”
Kids see things so simply. I was only nine, but I found a nugget of truth in my Good Friday experience.
Just one little thought. Remember those CE Christians…as we used to call them? The Christmas and Easter Christians. Think about them sitting in that sanctuary.
At Christmas they are told the story of Christ’s birth and the celebration of the gift. At Easter, sometimes we focus more on the death than the resurrection and what it means.
CE Christians get two experiences each year. One is the celebration of Christ’s Birth and the other the Sacrifice of His Death, but let’s not miss the joy of the resurrection and what it means.
Christ died for us, but that is not the whole Easter story. He Lives! I’m Forgiven! You’re Forgiven!
This Good Friday, let your face tell the story of the resurrection. That joy would radiate and CE Christians and others who don’t know Christ would want that joy. Would understand that Easter is more than long faces and the Easter Bunny. Would understand the death of Christ is significant, but the resurrection of Christ is life changing.
What memories do you have of Good Friday?