I AM

Dear Church Family,

I’m going to keep this note brief.

At some point today, make sure to read the gospel writers’ accounts of the crucifixion, death, and burial of Jesus. You can find these accounts in Matthew 26:47-27:66, Mark 14:43-15:47, Luke 22:47-23:56, and John 18:3-19:42. In the midst of your day, please spend some time meditating on Jesus Christ’s sacrificial gift of love. 

I’ve always enjoyed these words about Good Friday from Bishop Will Willimon,

“Despite our earnest efforts, we couldn’t climb all the way up to God. So what did God do? In an amazing act of condescension, on Good Friday, God climbed down to us, became one with us. The story of divine condescension begins on Christmas and ends on Good Friday. We thought, if there is to be business between us and God, we must somehow get up to God. Then God came down, down to the level of the cross, all the way down to the depths of hell. He who knew not sin took on our sin so that we might be free of it. God still stoops, in your life and mine, condescends.” 

(Will Willimon, Thank God It’s Friday, p. 58)

I hope to see you later on tonight at 6:30 p.m. for our Good Friday service. Together we’ll look at the 7 “I AM” statements of Jesus and reflect on the wonder of those words.

I also hope to see you at one of our Easter services this weekend, including our special Sunrise Service, which will be outside on Sunday morning at 6:30 a.m. (Make sure to bring a lawn chair!)

Good Friday is only “good” because of what happened on Easter. So, join us as we journey not just to the cross, but to the empty tomb. 

Blessings,
Chris