Reflections on Good Friday

“THERE IS MORE WORK TO DO”

by Sharon Rondeau

The New Testament of the Bible says that Jesus, son of Joseph and Mary, was crucified on Good Friday in the year AD 33, after which Christianity sprouted and flourished in the belief of His resurrection and offer of eternal life

(Mar. 29, 2013) — In an undated video produced by the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), Dr. Mary Neal, an orthopedic surgeon, describes the separation of her spirit from her physical body she experienced during a 1999 drowning accident after her kayak cascaded over a treacherous waterfall in Chile.

“I could see my body being pulled to the shore,” Neal explained.  After recovering from her ordeal, Neal wrote a book titled To Heaven and Back in which she describes having been “overcome by a very physical sensation of being held and comforted and reassured” by Jesus Christ.  The “heavenly beings” who greeted her brought Neal down an “exceptionally beautiful path” which led to a colorful light.  “I could hardly wait,” Neal described.  However, she then reports that she was told that it was not “her time,” after which her spirit was “returned to her body” as she watched.

Dr. Neal said she was sent back to earth because there was more work for her to do there.

On Thursday, Christians around the world celebrated Holy Thursday, also known as “The Last Supper,” which came from the Jewish celebration of Passover.  During the meal, Christ spoke of a New Covenant and first predicted in the book of Jeremiah and told the twelve disciples, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you.”

Jesus then humbly washed the feet of his disciples, as Pope Francis did at a juvenile detention center on Thursday in Rome.  Jesus’s instructions to his disciples in John 13:16 were, “Truly, truly, I say to you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.”  Verse 17 states, “If you know these things, happy are you if you do them.”

Modern Maundy Thursday music includes “Thy Will Be Done” by Craig Courtney, “Sing My Tongue,” and “Ave Verum Corpus” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

It was during the Maundy Thursday meal that Jesus predicted that one of the twelve would betray him, which was Judas Iscariot, who received 30 pieces of silver for his deed.  Judas then ended his own life.

Today is Good Friday, the day on which Christians reflect on the betrayal, arrest and crucifixion of Jesus Christ, who had committed no sin, but was sacrificed “in reparation for the sins of mankind.”  Good Friday is part of the Easter Triduum, which concludes the season of Lent and Holy Week, the final week before the celebration of Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Good Friday is called “Holy Friday,” “Great Friday,” and “Sorrowful Friday” in other parts of the world, respectively, and is a time for meditation for many. One Christian believer wrote of Good Friday, “It is the day on which all our sins are loaded on the Lamb of God, when He takes upon His shoulders your sins and mine. What wonder is this? What have we done to be so rewarded? How can this be? What wondrous love is this? Good? Yes, the best news mankind ever had or ever will have. Whatever confessional allegiances divide us, I like to feel on this day of all days, the Cross of Christ unites us.”

Even though Jesus knew he was going to die, he cried out on the cross, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”

Another writer wrote of Christ’s ordeal:

Jesus knew what was over that horizon. He knew He had to remain faithful to the end. This can be, this must be, a source of great strength to us today. Crowds who once hailed what we hail are turning away from Truth. We are daily witnessing betrayals. Many of the mighty view us with scorn, if not yet with spitting, if not yet with scourging. Why is this? They hated Him. They will hate us. The servants are not greater than their master. Expect it. Be prepared. Don’t lose hope. Stand together.

Did God forsake Jesus?  Has He forsaken us?

In a world full of sin, can His modern-day disciples make a difference?

While Christians await their ascension into heaven when their time comes, is there more to be done here on earth?

Can man become more like Jesus and reject sin?

Can we say “no” to evil, to sin, to perversion?  What would Jesus have said about today’s politicians?

What does the Bible say about corruption?  Should Christians remain silent, or speak out when they see it?

“Sin separates man from God.”

On this, the darkest day of the Christian calendar, is there reason for hope?

For new life?

As men can be reborn, can so also a nation?  Psalm 22:28 states “For the kingdom [is] the LORD’S: and he [is] the governor among the nations.”

What can we give?

Jesus “now lives and reigns with [God] and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”  But we are still here, because we have more work to do.

3 Responses to "Reflections on Good Friday"

  1. Sidesaddle   Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Luke 22:1 Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover.

    7.Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed.

    14. And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him.

    15. And he said unto them. With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:

    16. For I say unto you, I will not anymore eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God,

    17. And he took the cup, and gave thanks and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves:
    18. For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.
    19. And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.
    20.Likewise the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

    Dallas Holm- I’ll Rise Again (skip the Ad)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkIJfLfzZ0w

    May we all be watching and waiting for the KING of KINGS and LORD of LORDS soon return when every knee shall bow.

  2. Loggia   Friday, March 29, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    This is true, Mrs Trowbridge. Even when so many Americans are still God-Fearing, our Leadership represents us for better or worse. Even if “usurped” against our Constitution, corruption, cowardice and complicity have allowed it to happen, so that we have a national responsibility and culpability.

    Of course, those who give to God what is His, already know what has happened.

    The Angels rolled the stone away from the Sepulchre not for Christ to get out; He had ALREADY resurrected. It was for others TO SEE IN.

    America and the World will SOON SEE IN to what is our Constitutional Crisis which imperils us and our allies as well.

    Lord Monckton has had it right all along.

    The Stone of Obfuscation will be thrown down yet.

    Yea,it is already rolling.

    Blessings at the Feast of the Resurrection.

  3. Martha Trowbridge   Friday, March 29, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    A lovely essay, thank you, Sharon.

    As for who forsook whom – AMERICA has forsaken God. That’s how evil gained its ascendancy.

    Thanks be to God we are one by one recognizing our folly.

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