As we approach Good Friday, I want to give you a meaningful opportunity to contemplate, reflect, and still yourself before the dawn and celebration of Easter Morning. I believe that the celebration of Easter Morning has its fullest meaning only when we understand the depth of what Jesus did for us on the cross and in the tomb.
Matthew 27 tells us that Jesus was put on the cross in the morning and that he was there until he died at around 3pm. From noon to 3pm, darkness fell upon the land and during these hours Jesus asked, "My God, My God, why have you abandoned me?" During these hours, Jesus was taking the sins of the world -- and your sins and my sins -- upon his own shoulders. And darkness covered the land as God the Father turned away. I think it is fitting that we consider these hours and contemplate what they mean to us.
This Friday, from noon until 8pm, our Chapel will be open to any who want to come and sit in reverence and stillness for a while. You are welcome to come and go at your convenience during these hours. I encourage you to bring your Bible, read and reflect on Matthew 26-28, and take time to pray. You can stay seated or kneel. And when you are ready, the elements of Holy Communion will be sitting on the altar for you. Please serve yourself and remember that it was on Good Friday that the body of Christ was broken for you and that the blood of Christ was shed for you.
This is an opportunity to have an intimate moment with God. I hope you'll take time out of your day to come to HRC's Chapel and be in revent communion with the Lord on this holy day of the year. The celebration of Easter Morning will be most meaningful when you stop on Friday to remember the sacrifice Jesus made for you. I also remind you to be in prayer for those who are entering into Holy Week while grieving the loss of a loved one. May they be filled with hope and peace in the promise of eternal life through Christ, our Lord.
Holy Week Blessings,