I wanted to go to a Good Friday Service. Since not all Prostetant denominations hold Good Friday services I knew I would have to extend my search.
You know, really, I do not understand that. Not all, but certainly only a few protestant denominations do not hold these type services. I am told it is because the emphasis should be on the resurrection much more than the death and that is why specific denominations do have crosses in their churches with Jesus still on them. I get all that, which is more man’s interpretation than anything.
My thought on that is all die but do not return to life three days later. A death is not followed by a resurrection. But a resurrection is always preceded by a death. I think we should, especially in the Baptist denomination place more emphasis on the death of Christ, because it was that sacrifice that made the resurrection possible.
Anyway, enough of that soap box.
So, I ended up at the Saint James The Apostle Catholic Church for the evening. Had a wonderful time. Before the service started I approached one of the priests and said, “Father, is it okay if a lowly prostetant joins you on the backrow?” He chuckled and said, “Or course.”
I began to look over their hymnal which is where the title of this post was inspired. Amen. El Cuerpo de Cristo translated means Amen. The Body of Christ. It is a hymn composed by John Schavone. Some of the lyrics say, “We eat your body and we drink your blood.”
I love that. We do not simply enter into your suffering Lord but we partake of your suffering,
And isn’t that what this day is all about for us, entering into His suffering so that we might have life.
“For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection.” Romans 6:5
What an important marker of the Christian experience.
A man brutally murdered on this day for being perfect, innocent and filled with unending love and we call it a good day. A Good Friday.