14 April, 2006

No Other Fount I Know

This is my favourite day of the year. My birthday (May 23, gifts accepted) is nice because I don't share it with anyone I know (Joan Collins doesn't count.) Christmas is nice, to be sure, with all the comforts of lights and warmth against the dark and cold. Easter is great with it's triumphant celebration and happy pinks and yellows.
Image at right: Golgotha, the Place of the Skull

But Good Friday doesn't really have any decoration. It just is.

Good Friday is the day when God made Himself lower than the angels.

Good Friday is the day when God struggled, bruised and bleeding, through an angry mob. For the angry mob. Each and every one of whom He loves.

Good Friday is the day when the Thief tasted forgiveness.

Good Friday is the day when Jesus tasted vinegar. Vinegar is spoiled wine. Just as the Wine of communion is Christ's blood the vinegar is Christ's blood made bitter with the sin of the world.

Good Friday is the day when the Temple Veil was torn. From the top to the bottom. Before Good Friday only a Priest could enter the Holy of Holies to represent the people before God. But at the time of Jesus' death the rending veil opened access to God for everyone. Jesus became our High Priest.

Good Friday is the day when the women stayed by the side of their dead God. In their faith and grief they would still not leave him.

We always celebrate on Easter because it is the day of the Resurrection. The day when Jesus came back to the women who had stayed with his body and let them know their grief was ended and their faith was made complete. But to me the best day will always be the one where the Veil was rent. The day God made plain his invitation to everyone.

Good Friday Playlist
You may not realise it, but there are several songs that are perfect for Good Friday. Here they are!

Nothing But The Blood Of Jesus (sound)

There Is Power In The Blood (sound)

The Old Rugged Cross (sound)

Were You There? (sound)

At Calvary

More Than Wonderful

and, of course, not as "sacred-seeming" but still absolutely great...despite what some would tell you...

Sunday's On The Way


At 8:08 AM, April 14, 2006, Blogger Cheryl said...

Love today's post!! Very uplifting for us working souls today. BTW, this was always my favorite hymn on Easter Sunday ever since I was about 3: http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/l/i/lintgrav.htm Have a Happy Easter!

At 5:51 PM, April 14, 2006, Blogger jag said...

You actually do share May 23rd with two people I know, but they are two of the coolest, kindest, most honest people I know. I'd say a May 23 birthday is a sign of great things.


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