Tag Archive | Good Friday

When Your World Turns Against You

I don’t think there’s anyone alive that hasn’t felt the pain of a betrayal at some point in their life. For most of us, though, that betrayal, however painful it might have been, didn’t end in our death. Jesus knew ahead of time that the betrayal by Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane would prove to be fatal, but he went forward to greet Judas just the same. He also knew that not only Judas would betray him, but everyone else as well. How’s that for the ultimate betrayal? Everyone abandoned Jesus that night. Today’s devotional, reposted from faithgateway.com, gives a glimpse into that final betrayal and Jesus’ response to it.

Get up, we must go. Look, here comes the man who has turned against Me.

The words were spoken to Judas. But they could have been spoken to anyone. They could have been spoken to John, to Peter, to James. They could have been spoken to Thomas, to Andrew, to Nathanael. They could have been spoken to the Roman soldiers, to the Jewish leaders. They could have been spoken to Pilate, to Herod, to Caiaphas. They could have been spoken to every person who praised Him last Sunday but abandoned Him tonight.

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Source: faithgateway.com 


Resurrection Weekend

We had a fantastic time this Resurrection Weekend. Pastor Rei brought a wonderful message Friday evening at the Good Friday Service, and Pastor Marlan brought a heartfelt Resurrection Sunday morning message. The Teens presented a brief skit Sunday morning, and Pastor Rei and Thomas shared some special music. Thank you to everyone that participated in the services and the potluck Sunday after the service.  Here are the messages and bulletin from this weekend as well as some pictures for you to enjoy.

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Not an Empty Day

Jesus on the Cross Worship BackgroundWe’ve walked through the Lenten season with Jesus, and today we come to Good Friday, the day we commemorate His suffering and death on the cross. Following is a devotional by Jill Carattini, Managing Editor of the RZIM publication Slice of Infinity. Click on the “read the rest” link to finish reading this devotional.  And don’t forget to join us for our Good Friday service tonight at 6 PM at JCC. Directions to the church building are on the contact page if you need them.

“There was a body on the cross. This was the shocking revelation of a 12 year-old seeing a crucifix for the first time. I was not used to seeing Jesus there—or any body for that matter. The many crosses in my world were empty. But here, visiting a friend’s church, in a denomination different from my own, was a scene I had never fully considered.

In my own Protestant circles I remember hearing the rationale. Holy Week did not end with Jesus on the cross. Good Friday is not the end of the story. Jesus was crucified, died, and was buried. And on the third day, he rose again. The story ends in the victory of Easter. The cross is empty because Christ is risen.

In fact, it is true, and as Paul notes, essential, that Christians worship a risen Christ. “[For] if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith is in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:14). Even walking through the events of Holy Week—the emotion of the Last Supper, the anguish in Gethsemane, the denials of the disciples, the interrogation of Pilate, and the lonely way to Golgotha—we are well aware…  read the rest of the devotional 

(c)2014 Jill Carattini, Managing Editor of Slice of Infinity at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.