Fatal Friday or Victorious V-Day? (John 19:17-42)

When we think about Christ on the cross it is not something that is celebratory.  That means we do not look at this event and celebrate the reality of the promises of God.  The reason why I say this is because Christ has died.  He died on the cross for what?  He died on the cross for our sins.  The disciples are rattled, his followers are rattled, but what has Christ done that is so good?  Why would we call this Good Friday and not Fatal Friday if this is about the death of Christ?  Death means failure right?  Or are we missing something about that?

Tasting the Bread of Life (John 6:35-40; LD 28)

It is easy for us to beat up on the immediate audience that meets with Christ and asks Christ for things that might seem silly to us.  In other words as Christians we might think that it is silly to ask Christ to provide bread.  In our minds this might be something that is so short sighted.  If we are honest, there are many things in our lives that miss the promises of Christ, the provision of the Gospel, and the ultimate peace of the kingdom.  How does the sacrament of communion help to refresh in us the life of the kingdom?  How does it call us to look beyond this world?

Glory of the Son of God (John 17:1-5; Jer. 31:31-34)

In this first part of Jesus' high priestly prayer, he prays that God would glorify him through the dark hour of the cross, and exalt him to his right hand. It is through his cross and resurrection that believers receive eternal life, and come to know the only true God in the face of Jesus Christ

(Preached by our summer intern Mr. Daniel Ventura)