I have worked my entire life. Nine-to-five, 40 hour work weeks. It didn’t take long to realize what I looked forward to was Friday. Then the term T.G.I.F. (“Thank Goodness It’s Friday”) became popular. Every long work week had a bright spot to it – Friday. When I recently became part of a community choir for a T.G.I.F. Good Friday service, the term “TGIF” brought new meaning.
Last words from someone passing from this world to the next gives us a view into their soul. Most will share their last words in private, but Jesus shared them publicly hanging from a tree. As our eighty- member choir from ten community churches took part in a multi-lingual “TGIF” Good Friday service to share the Passion of Jesus Christ in story and song, it became a masterful visual and verbal presentation that brought new meaning of Good Friday and the Resurrection to me.
The Word of Forgiveness (Luke 23:34)
The Word of Salvation (Luke 23:43)
The Word of Affection (John 19:26-27)
The Word of Despair (Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34)
The Word of Physical Torment (John 19:28)
The Word of Triumph (John 19:30)
The Word of Committal (Luke 23:46)
What’s good about Good Friday is the knowledge that evil did not prevail and the world did not win on Golgotha. Jesus was victorious over death and He arose. That gives me hope. Each and every Friday I can say victoriously, it’s Friday … but Sunday’s coming. A lot can change in three days! Now that’s hope!
“The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” (John 1:9-13)