Good Friday - April 2, 2021
We offer the opportunity to enter into a time of quiet reflection and listen to the reading of the trial and crucifixion from John’s Gospel. The reading and meditation in music will be available for you to access on Facebook at Noon. When you have about 20 minutes to sit quietly and reflect in a time of individual worship you can access it here.
Each year during Lent, and especially during Holy Week and on Good Friday, many pay reverence and devotion to God by retracing the steps of Jesus' route through the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem. Walker Chapel's mother church, Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, also on Glebe Road, has installed on their property a Stations of the Cross art exhibit (captured digitally below), which refers to a series of depictions, usually either paintings or sculpture, that coincide with the Stations of the Cross in Jerusalem, as a place to pray and meditate this week. Artwork and words by Scott Erickson. Read more at Mount Olivet's Stations of the Cross: A Digital Journey.
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𝟭. 𝗝𝗲𝘀𝘂𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝗧𝗲𝗺𝗽𝘁𝗲𝗱
"𝘔𝘺 𝘴𝘰𝘶𝘭 𝘪𝘴 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘮𝘦𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘴𝘰𝘳𝘳𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘥𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘩. 𝘚𝘵𝘢𝘺 𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘬𝘦𝘦𝘱 𝘸𝘢𝘵𝘤𝘩 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘮𝘦." 𝘔𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘸 26:38
+ Jesus is compelled to desperate prayer.
+ What drives you to such a desperate time of prayer?
+ Think of Jesus’ complete honesty.
𝟮. 𝗝𝗲𝘀𝘂𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝗕𝗲𝘁𝗿𝗮𝘆𝗲𝗱
"𝘍𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘥, 𝘥𝘰 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘤𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘥𝘰." 𝘔𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘸 26:50
+ The son of God was betrayed by a friend.
+ The son of God was betrayed by his creation.
𝟯. 𝗝𝗲𝘀𝘂𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗺𝗻𝗲𝗱
"𝘉𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘳 - 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘥𝘢𝘳𝘬𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘳𝘦𝘪𝘨𝘯𝘴." 𝘓𝘶𝘬𝘦 22:53
+ Jesus submits quietly and peacefully.
+ Jesus is condemned by religious leaders.
+ What was their fear?
𝟰. 𝗝𝗲𝘀𝘂𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝗠𝗼𝗰𝗸𝗲𝗱
"𝘉𝘶𝘵 𝘪𝘧 𝘐 𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘵𝘩, 𝘸𝘩𝘺 𝘥𝘪𝘥 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘮𝘦?" 𝘑𝘰𝘩𝘯 18:23
+ What brings on our mockery?
+ These soldiers brutalize Jesus.
+ Imagine the Son of God being brutalized by men.
𝟱. 𝗝𝗲𝘀𝘂𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝗚𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝗛𝗶𝘀 𝗖𝗿𝗼𝘀𝘀
"𝘑𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘢𝘴 𝘔𝘰𝘴𝘦𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘶𝘱 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘯𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘵, 𝘴𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘔𝘢𝘯 𝘮𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘣𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘶𝘱, 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘣𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘩𝘪𝘮 𝘮𝘢𝘺 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦." 𝘑𝘰𝘩𝘯 3:14-15
+ The cross was a public murder device for criminals.
+ This is how Jesus was killed.
+ Imagine carrying the wood of the cross… up the hill to your eventual slow and public death.
𝟲. 𝗝𝗲𝘀𝘂𝘀 𝗙𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘀
"𝘜𝘯𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘢 𝘬𝘦𝘳𝘯𝘦𝘭 𝘰𝘧 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘧𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘥𝘪𝘦𝘴, 𝘪𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘴 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘢 𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘭𝘦 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘥. 𝘉𝘶𝘵 𝘪𝘧 𝘪𝘵 𝘥𝘪𝘦𝘴, 𝘪𝘵 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘦𝘴 𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘴." 𝘑𝘰𝘩𝘯 12:24
+ This station, although not found in scripture, is traditionally in three stations.
+ It symbolizes his humanity and his ever-decreasing strength as he moves towards his public death.
+ Imagine Jesus experiencing weakness and distress in a public setting with nowhere to hide.
+ Imagine the exhaustion of the last 24 hours.
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𝟳. 𝗦𝗶𝗺𝗼𝗻 𝗖𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗝𝗲𝘀𝘂𝘀' 𝗖𝗿𝗼𝘀𝘀
"𝘐𝘧 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘢𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘮𝘦, 𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘺 𝘩𝘪𝘮𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘶𝘱 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘤𝘳𝘰𝘴𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘸 𝘮𝘦." 𝘔𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘸 16:24
+ Imagine being pulled from the crowd and carrying this man’s device of death.
+ What is it like to walk alongside Jesus in this?
𝟴. 𝗝𝗲𝘀𝘂𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝗦𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗽𝗽𝗲𝗱
"𝘍𝘰𝘳 𝘪𝘧 𝘮𝘦𝘯 𝘥𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘯, 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘯 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘪𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘥𝘳𝘺?" 𝘓𝘶𝘬𝘦 23:31
+ Romans crucified criminals naked.
+ Reflect on the shame of nakedness in the Garden of Eden.
+ And the shame of nakedness in this moment.
𝟵. 𝗝𝗲𝘀𝘂𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝗡𝗮𝗶𝗹𝗲𝗱 𝗧𝗼 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗿𝗼𝘀𝘀
"𝘔𝘺 𝘎𝘰𝘥 𝘔𝘺 𝘎𝘰𝘥, 𝘸𝘩𝘺 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘴𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘯 𝘮𝘦?" 𝘔𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘸 27:46
+ The long physical pain of crucifixion was excruciating.
+ In fact, the word excruciating is derived from crucifixion.
𝟭𝟬. 𝗝𝗲𝘀𝘂𝘀 𝗗𝗶𝗲𝘀
"𝘎𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘯𝘰 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴: 𝘵𝘰 𝘭𝘢𝘺 𝘥𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘰𝘯𝘦'𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘰𝘯𝘦'𝘴 𝘧𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘴." 𝘑𝘰𝘩𝘯 15:13
+ Jesus died. He died. Our greatest fear is death. And He was not insulated from that fear.
+ His physical body stopped working.
+ His friends watched Him die. His mother watched Him die.
𝟭𝟭. 𝗝𝗲𝘀𝘂𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝗕𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗱
"𝘞𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘶𝘮𝘦 𝘰𝘯 𝘮𝘺 𝘣𝘰𝘥𝘺, 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘪𝘥 𝘪𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘮𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘣𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘭." 𝘔𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘸 26:12
+ His friends buried Him.
+ Have you ever buried a loved one?
+ Imagine doing that with the one you believed was going to change the world and bring ultimate justice and healing.
𝟭𝟮. 𝗝𝗲𝘀𝘂𝘀 𝗥𝗶𝘀𝗲𝘀
"𝘐 𝘢𝘮 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘱𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘥. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘱𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘥 𝘭𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘥𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘦𝘱." 𝘑𝘰𝘩𝘯 10:11
+ Consider the other side of our greatest fear.
+ Jesus shows us that there is something beyond death.