Good Friday Recap 4.3.2015

Good Friday is the day Christians remember and celebrate Jesus' suffering and death on the cross. Why would we celebrate such a thing? The death of Christ is what John Owen called "the death of death." Through the penal substitutionary atonement of Jesus Christ, sinners are made righteous through the sacrifice of Jesus.  In other words, the legal requirements of the law are satisfied (penal), Jesus stands in our place (substitution), and he repairs the break our sins had made (atonement). All of this satisfies the righteous demand of God's holy wrath and simultaneously expresses God's love for his people. In a day and age where people are uncomfortable with a God of wrath, Good Friday is the textured yet simple event where we meet the God of the Bible in sorrow and joy.

Below is a collection of readings, songs, and prayers from our service. 

What Wondrous Love Is This

Isaiah 53:1-3

Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

"Man of Sorrows" What A Name!

Isaiah 53:4-6

Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Shine Into Our Night

Isaiah 53:7-9

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.

And Can It Be?

Isaiah 53:10-12

Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.

Hallelujah For The Cross

Neil, our Lead Pastor, preached from Isaiah 53 about the Suffering Servant.

Beautiful Scandalous Night

Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross

Prayer from the Valley of Vision

Holy Trinity, continue to teach us that Christ’s righteousness satisfies justice and evidences thy love; help us to make use of it by faith as the ground of our peace and of thy favour and acceptance,so that we may live always near the cross. In the name of Jesus, Amen.






Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery