“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” – Ps 22:1

Psalm 22 John 18:1-19:42Crucifixion-76ybva91-large

A little longer, much more focused. The readings for today are intended to take us into an experience of Christ’s life that we often prefer to avoid. Let me encourage you today to stay in that pain. Christians are people of hope but on Good Friday and Holy Saturday, it is good for us to take some time to suspend that hope and enter into the experience of Christ himself.

If entering into the sufferings of Christ seems impossible, then perhaps we can enter into the mindset of his disciples, bereft and confused, as they watch their Savior, Lord, Teacher, and Friend executed as a criminal. His disciples, the new family his sacrifice is creating, remain unaware of what he is accomplishing.

The Collect for Good Friday 

Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your
family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be
betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer
death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and
the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.