Jesus’s seven last sayings on the cross still resonating
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    What’s so good about Good Friday?

    Good Friday, the cruelest day of the Holy Week, used to pass as a just another work day for me. I didn’t grasp the full gravity of the day until about 14 years ago.  My pastor at the time emphasized the sacrifice that Christ made on the cross for us in a way that I had not paid attention to before. He urged us to put in our pink slips at work and at least take off to attend the noon to 3 p.m. worship service.  Those were the hours that a bruised and bloody Jesus Christ hung on the cross before dying for the sins of the world.

    For the last several years, I have made my way to a church service to hear “The Seven Last Sayings of Christ.” My life has been blessed each Good Friday by hearing a fresh word about Jesus’ crucifixion. The teachings help me to understand more about God and prompt me to examine where I am in my faith journey. They inspire me to fortify my relationship with God.  

     Today was no different, except I had the added blessing of hearing those sayings from seven preachers who were women, including my own, Rev. Dr. Cynthia T. Turner.   The program  called them  “The Sisters at the Cross.”

    “Not women preachers but preachers who happen to be women,” said Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley, the pastor of Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Va., where the mid-day service was held.

    In each saying that Jesus uttered from the cross is a faith-strengthening take-way.  Here is my own quick synopsis from each speaker.

    • “Father, forgive them: for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)        It was an expression of God great love for us. 

     

    • “Verily, I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43)    It’s never too late to make a u-turn in your life and have a personal encounter with Jesus.

     

    • “Woman, behold your son. Behold thy mother.”  ( John 19:26-27)    What one sees with their eyes is inextricably linked to what is in their heart.

     

    • “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46Mark 15:34)    Because of what happened on the cross, we can be assured that Jesus will never forsake us.

     

    • “I thirst.” (John 19:28)    It’s important to know God’s timing and to get up every day with a mind to fulfill our God-called purpose.
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    • “It is finished.” ( John 19:30)     Stay focused and look to God as the author and finisher of our faith. 

     

    •  “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.”  (Luke 23:46)       Whose hands do you want to be in when it comes down to your last hour? You have to be in the right hands.

     

     What so good about good Friday?  Ultimately, everything.

    What does Good Friday mean to you?

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