On this Good Friday, we remember the day that changed human history, the crucifixion of the Son of God. Ours is not a pseudo-mourning of One we pretend is lost to us. We view the Cross through the eyes of the Resurrection.
God calls us to worship Him with Acts 2:22-36, where we are confronted with the marvellous sovereignty of God in planning, executing and completing the work of the Cross. This kind of power should humble us, so we begin with a hymn that speaks of our pride being shattered at the Cross: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.
We come humbly, confessing our unworthiness to experience the Cross, yet approaching with confidence that we will be received in Christ. We ask for grace to see and know God in worship.
With knowledge of the power of the Cross of Christ, we can sing with joy, “Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness”.
Our first Scripture reading follows the crucifixion account in Matthew’s Gospel, Matthew 27:33-50. Pay attention to what His enemies said to Him on the Cross.
We sing of Christ’s grief in “‘Man of Sorrows’, What a Name” and follow that with Luke’s account of the Cross in Luke 23:33-47.
We then spend time considering the curses and insults that were thrown at Jesus on the Cross, and what it reveals about God, man, and the Cross itself.
We close with “How Deep the Father’s Love For Us” and receive God’s blessing from Revelation 1:4-6.
Call to Worship: Acts 2:22-36
Hymn 150 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Hymn 228 Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness
Scripture Reading: Matthew 27:33-50
Hymn 151 “Man of Sorrows”, What a Name
Scripture Reading: Luke 23:33-47
Sermon: Matthew 27:37-44: Calvary’s Ironic Insults
Song 19 How Deep The Father’s Love
Benediction: Revelation 1:4-6