Posts Tagged ‘Good Friday’

One word #9

Posted: April 12, 2017 in Easter, Food, life, religion, words
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When we’re asked a question, we can often give elaborate answers which really tell the questioner nothing. So for the following questions I’m looking for single word answers only, but as it is Holy Week, each of these questions relate to Easter :

  1. What does Easter mean to you?
  2. How will you celebrate Good Friday?
  3. How many Easter eggs have you bought this year?
  4. Where will you spend Easter Sunday?
  5. What is the biggest sacrifice anyone has made for you?

Whatever your answers, did you answer honestly or did you give the answers you think you should be giving?

If you didn’t answer honestly, can I suggest you try again, but this time be honest with yourself, because if you are, you might get an insight into the ares of your life you need to change.

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We are now into what many around the world call Holy Week. Holy week is the last week of Lent and is when remember the last week of Jesus’ life.

As Easter is one of the most important times in the Christian calendar, many churches will hold various services this week.

Holy Week starts on Palm Sunday, is followed by Holy Tuesday, Holy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and then Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

 

This week is Holy Week, the week leading up to Good Friday and Easter Sunday…but do these days actually mean anything to you, or are they just names you associate with days off school or work, or a time to each lots of chocolate?

Sadly for many, Easter is just about holidays and Easter eggs, but for some of us, those who believe in Christ, Easter is pivotal to our religion, as without Easter we would not have been forgiven of all our sins, and we would not have the guarantee of eternal life.

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Easter is not just a story, Easter is a reality, a reality which changed the world for each one of us, all because of God’s amazing love for us.

How deep the Fathers love for us.
How vast beyond all measure, that He should give His only son to make a wretch His treasure.
Why should I gain from His reward,
I cannot give an answer.
But, this I know with all my heart,
His wounds have paid my ransom.

Christ willingly died for us. He shed His blood just so we could live.

I will never forget the great sacrifice Christ gave for me, and that is why today, I again say thank you to God for accepting me for who I am, faults and all. I believe because I have given my heart, my life, my all to Him, that He can achieve all He needs and wants me to.

It was my sin that held him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying words have brought me life
I know that it is finished.

Power of the cross is what makes today a day to celebrate Christ, and God’s love for every one of us.

Christ is alive, He is risen from the dead and He is Lord!

Easter Sunday, today, is one of the happiest in the Christian calendar. Why? Because today we celebrate the resurrection of Christ. So let’s celebrate today by rejoicing in God’s love for each one of us.

God gave His son for us, so in return let’s celebrate this Easter by give our all to God.

Lord, make Calvary real to me;
Lord, make Calvary real to me.
Open mine eyes to see victory in Christ for me;
Lord, make Calvary real to me.

Today is Good Friday. A day when Christians around the world remember the day when Christ was crucified on a cross, at Calvary.

Now doesn’t that sound a bit odd, people remembering, and celebrating the death of another? It would if it wasn’t for the significance of the person who was crucified. Jesus Christ, the Son of God who came to earth to live amongst us and teach us how to love one another, was that person. Because Christ died on a cross we have been forgiven of our sins. In other words,

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:15-17)

So today is all about the cross, the blood, forgiveness and The Christ!

One of my favourite Easter songs is Written in Red. Please listen to the following audio of Olwyn Mathie singing this beautiful song which has such power and emotional words:

If you hear the term Holy Week, what do you think of?

For those of you who don’t know what Holy Week is, here’s some details:

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The last week of Lent is known as Holy Week, and this is when Christians particularly, remember the last week of Jesus’ life – It is therefore the week which concludes with Good Friday. i.e. Easter Friday.

Easter is one of the most important times in the Christian calendar, and therefore many churches will hold various services during this week.

Holy Week starts on Palm Sunday, which is the Sunday before Easter, and it is so-called because it celebrates Jesus arriving into Jerusalem for the Jewish festival of Passover. Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem, and the people there lay down their cloaks and mall branches in front of him to pave his triumphant entry into Jerusalem.

Psalm 118:26-29 (The Message)

Blessed are you who enter in God’s name — from God’s house we bless you!
God is God, he has bathed us in light.
Festoon the shrine with garlands, hang colored banners above the altar!
You’re my God, and I thank you.
O my God, I lift high your praise.
Thank God—he’s so good.
His love never quits!

We often hear people saying that they sacrificed x or y for z. Sometimes their sacrifice can seem insignificant to others who don’t truly understand just what the sacrifice means to those involved. Other times the sacrifices we hear others have made can sound awesome and beyond belief because of the just how much they appear to have sacrificed.

Whatever the sacrifice, the important thing is the reason for the sacrifice and the willingness the person showed to make the sacrifice. There is of course one person in history who has paid the ultimate sacrifice just for you and for me, and that of course is Jesus.

Today on Good Friday, we celebrate and remember the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus paid all those years ago when He was crucified at Calvary.

Don’t let Jesus’ sacrifice be in vain, let Jesus into your life today by kneeling before Him at the foot of the cross and offering yourself to His service.

At The Foot of The Cross by Kathryn Scott

At the foot of the cross
Where grace and suffering meet
You have shown me Your love
Through the judgment You received

And You’ve won my heart
Yes You’ve won my heart
Now I can

Trade these ashes in for beauty
And wear forgiveness like a crown
Coming to kiss the feet of mercy
I lay every burden down
At the foot of the cross

At the foot of the cross
Where I am made complete
You have given me life
Through the death You bore for me

I’m laying every burden down
I’m laying every burden down