Today is Good Friday.  Good Friday is the day around the world where Christians remember the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.  Hopefully, you’ll be able to find a Good Friday service nearby to commemorate the day.  I know it’s a little odd to have a worship service on a Friday night, or afternoon, but it’s well worth your time.

I know that there are a lot of people in this world that don’t believe in Jesus.  They think the whole thing is just a fairy tale that idiot’s believe.  That’s fine.  They’re entitled to their opinion.  I’m not going to deny anybody’s right to be wrong.  But I think the whole crux of unbelief falls on this day and on Easter day.

Okay, maybe it’s not so unbelievable that the Roman government crucified somebody on this day so long ago.  In fact, the Roman government was pretty good at crucifying people.  They did it all the time.  I’m not kidding, those Romans were some cruel jerks, especially if you didn’t like them and didn’t obey their laws.  I think the real unbelief comes from the fact that on Easter Sunday, Christians proclaim a risen Christ.  That’s pretty unbelievable.

What is so fascinating to me is how closely linked these two days really are.  Without Good Friday, there would be no Easter.  Without Easter, we wouldn’t care all that much about Good Friday.  You don’t have one without the other.  Today, we remember the somber story of a man nailed to the cross, but on Sunday, we remember the joy of resurrection.  Death and life, so closely bound together.

If you claim to be a believer in Jesus Christ, then I strongly encourage you to take part in these services.  If you are on the fence, or don’t really think that God is real, I also want to encourage you.  Find a place.  Listen to the story.  Be present in the worship.  See the reflection of God on the faces of those around you, and open yourself up to the unbelievable.  You may be surprised by what you find.

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