Holy Week Reflections 2024: Good Friday

Hymn: o sacred head now wounded

Reading: Mark 15:25-33 NIV

25 It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. 26 The written notice of the charge against him read: the king of the jews.

27 They crucified two rebels with him, one on his right and one on his left. [28] a] 29 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, 30 come down from the cross and save yourself!” 31 In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! 32 Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

The Death of Jesus

33 At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon.

Ponder: spend a few moments in silent reflection before the cross. Use a holding cross if you have one. How has this journey and walking with Jesus in this Holy Week transformed you?

Prayer read by Michael Small

Loving Saviour, you gave your very self in pain and suffering on the cross for the redemption of the world.
Forgive us for all the ways we fail you each day.
As we acknowledge the work you did on the cross for the sake of all humankind,
help us to accept this incredible gift in trust and with hope.
As we journey with you through Holy Week,
grant us the grace to look beyond the night to the sunrise.