Why is Good Friday “Good”?

Good Friday is all about Saying “No” to Opportunities.

We say “No” to more and more opportunities every day.

Whether those opportunities are for our spiritual well-being or for our intellectual & physical improvement, we just say “No”.

But should we?

The Sanhedrin Court said “No” to Christ because He was not what they expected the Messiah would be.

Pontius Pilate said “No” to Christ because he didn’t want to go against the crowd.

How many times do we say “No” to Christ-given opportunities because they demand too much of a sacrifice?

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Maundy Thursday

“Maundy” is such an odd word.

Maundy comes down to us from the Middle Ages, entering English in the old French form of mandé, which leads back to Latin and mandatum, meaning command, order.

The mandatum comes from Jesus’ words to his disciples.

The meeting in the Upper Room began with a shocking event for the disciples.

They have followed Jesus of Nazareth–which some acknowledge as the Messiah–for three years: astonished by His miracles, listening to His lessons, and gifted by Him with the powers of healing and casting out demons.

Yet more astonishing events await them.

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