Friday, April 10, 2009

Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last

We all know about Good Friday. It is in fact a legal holiday in many parts of the world because of the important significance of it. This is the day on which Jesus was crucified outside the walls of Jerusalem, at the top of the Calvary hill.

Take a look at a crucifix in your home, or even the one pictured here. Stare at it. Meditate on it.

“We may not know, we cannot tell, what pains He had to bear. But we believe it was for us, He hung and suffered there.” These words from the popular hymn we have been bringing up the past several days. They really seem to tell the important story of this week. “He died that we might be forgiven. He died to make us good. That we might go at last to heaven, saved by His precious blood.”

Our churches are bare and stripped of any finery. The body of Jesus lies lifeless on the cross. In a few hours I will be walking The Way of the Cross with many sister and brother Episcopalians through the Mission District here in San Francisco. If you are nearby, come to the Church of Saint John the Evangelist at noon, and join us in our walk.

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