Followers of Jesus had no way of knowing the joy that awaited them. The one they loved and believed to be the Messiah, died that day on a cruel cross. To them it was the end! For us it was just the beginning!
Good Friday is the beginning of the three days of celebration of the death, burial,resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ. Praise God, Jesus only had to die once. Our God is not dead! He is alive!
Yet, today we pause and reflect to remember what salvation cost God and His Son.
My act of worship today includes gratefully sharing these pictures and this ancient sacred song. Please, don’t let the language of that day keep you from looking through the lens of time over 2,000 years ago.
O Sacred Head now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down
Now scornfully surrounded with thorns, Thine only crown;
How pale Thou art with anguish, with sore abuse and scorn!
How does that visage languish which once was bright as morn!
What Thou my Lord hast suffered was all for sinners gain
Mine, mine was the transgression, But Thine the deadly pain;
Lo, here I fall, my Savior! Tis I deserve Thy place;
Look on me with Thy favor, vouch-safe to me Thy grace.
What language shall I borrow to thank Thee, dearest friend,
For this Thy dying sorrow, Thy pity without end?
O make me Thine forever, and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never outlive my love to Thee.
Our Father in Heaven, We praise and hallow Your Name; the Name that is above every name. Thank you for paying the costly price of our salvation. Thank you for forgiving our sins. Thank you for preparing a place in heaven for us. In the Name of Jesus our Lord, amen.
Song: “O Sacred Head Now Wounded”
–Authorship uncertain; Gerhardt, Alexander, Hassler
Harmonized by Bach 1685-1750