On Thursday night in Gethsemane, Jesus was arrested—betrayed by one of His disciples and abandoned by the others. The chief priests and the Sanhedrin called for secret trials in the dead of night, and the verdict handed down was that Jesus would be crucified. This is something the Roman prefect, Pontius Pilate, has to execute. And reluctantly, he does.
After a severe beating, Jesus is nailed to a cross where He remains for six hours until dead. Never before or since has more been lost and gained at the same time.
Father God, we are awed at the mystery of Christ’s death and all that He accomplished for us on the cross. How can we thank You enough for the sacrifice of Your Son on the cross? Your plan of salvation is beautiful, and we rejoice that You’ve made a way for us to be in a relationship with You and to live with You forever.
We pray specifically for our loved ones who do not believe. Let this day be the day they come face-to-face with their need for a Saviour. Let the magnitude of Your sacrifice touch their hearts and lead them to repentance.
As we reflect on Good Friday, deepen our faith and renew the joy of Your salvation once again. In the wonderful name of Jesus, amen.
If you're looking for Easter music, here's a playlist of recommendations -- FC Holy Week Worship.