Each year, our church has a Good Friday service. It’s a way to celebrate Christ’s death for our sins and prepare for Resurrection Sunday, commonly referred to as Easter. As Pastor Brooks said tonight, for those of us who know Christ, it is not just Good Friday; it is a Great Friday! Here’s the order of worship for tonight’s service:
Welcome and Scripture Reading
I Peter 2:21-25: “For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you as an example, so that you might follow in His steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in His mouth. When he was reviled, He did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but continued entrusting Himself to Him who judges justly. He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.” ESV
Choir: “Beneath the Cross,” Text by Keith & Kristyn Getty
Beneath the cross of Jesus I find a place to stand,
And wonder at such mercy that calls me as I am;
For hands that should discard me hold wounds which tell me, “Come.”
Beneath the cross of Jesus My unworthy soul is won.
Beneath the cross of Jesus His family is my own—
Once strangers chasing selfish dreams, Now one through grace alone.
How could I now dishonor the ones that You have loved?
Beneath the cross of Jesus see the children called by God.
Beneath the cross of Jesus—The path before the crown—
We follow in His footsteps where promised hope is found.
How great the joy before us to be His perfect bride;
Beneath the cross of Jesus we will gladly live our lives.
Hymn: “Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed,” Text by Isaac Watts
Alas! and did my Savior bleed and did my Sovereign die?
Would He devote that sacred head for such a worm as I?
Was it for crimes that I had done He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity! grace unknown! And love beyond degree!
Well might the sun in darkness hide and shut his glories in,
When Christ, the mighty Maker died, for man the creature’s sin.
Thus might I hide my blushing face while His dear cross appears,
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness, and melt my eyes to tears.
But drops of grief can ne’er repay the debt of love I owe:
Here, Lord, I give my self away ’tis all that I can do.
Prayer & Sermon by Pastor Brooks, “It Is Finished!”
John 19:28-30 is a shout of victory: “28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” 29 A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said,“It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”
Christ was triumphant in that He was fully knowledgeable of God’s plan; Christ knew all along what it would take to complete the Father’s will and still did it for us. (See Psalm 69:19-21; Jn. 19:28-29.)
Christ was triumphant in that He fulfilled every word written of Him. He sacrificed Himself as THE Pascal Lamb; no other lamb will ever be required again. He was the final sacrifice once and for all. Our debt of sin is paid; the new covenant is mediated; once for all, He perfected those who are being sanctified.
As you partake in the Lord’s supper, eat & drink with awe and joy and gratitude. Do you struggle to believe God can remove all of your sin? Doubt no more! What more can you possibly add to the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ that would make it more perfect? It is finished! Set aside your doubt! Receive Him by faith as the free gift that He is.
Maybe you’ve already trusted Jesus as your Savior but you don’t feel you measure up to His standard. Be assured: when you trusted Christ, at that moment, a legal standing was pronounced upon you, an eternal declaration made over you: perfectly righteous! On the practical side of life, we still mess up and we still to choose to sin at times, and we ask forgiveness and move on; that’s part of sanctification, God growing us to be more like Himself. But our position never once shakes or changes: we are justified, declared righteous, once and for all.
The Lord’s Table: The Bread
We remember Jesus’ body, broken for our sins, by breaking bread together.
Hymn: “His Robes for Mine,” Text by Chris Anderson
His robes for mine: O wonderful exchange!
Clothed in my sin, Christ suffered ‘neath God’s rage.
Draped in His righteousness, I’m justified.
In Christ I live, for in my place He died.
I cling to Christ, and marvel at the cost:
Jesus forsaken, God estranged from God.
Bought by such love, my life is not my own.
My praise-my all-shall be for Christ alone.
His robes for mine: what cause have I for dread?
God’s daunting Law Christ mastered in my stead.
Faultless I stand with righteous works not mine,
Saved by my Lord’s vicarious death and life.
His robes for mine: God’s justice is appeased.
Jesus is crushed, and thus the Father’s pleased.
Christ drank God’s wrath on sin, then cried “‘Tis done!”
Sin’s wage is paid; propitiation won.
His robes for mine: such anguish none can know.
Christ, God’s beloved, condemned as though His foe.
He, as though I, accursed and left alone;
I, as though He, embraced and welcomed home!
The Lord’s Table: The Cup
We remember Jesus’ blood, shed for our sins, by drinking the cup together.
Duet by Matt & Kate L.: “Here is Love,” Text by William Rees
Here is love vast as the ocean, loving kindness as the flood
When the Prince of life, our ransom, shed for us His precious blood
Who His love will not remember? Who can cease to sing His praise?
He can never be forgotten throughout Heaven’s eternal days.
On the Mount of Crucifixion, fountains opened deep and wide
Through the floodgates of God’s mercy, flowed a vast and gracious tide
Grace and love, like mighty rivers, poured incessant from above
And Heaven’s peace and perfect justice kissed a guilty world in love.
Let us all His love accepting, love Him ever all our days
Let us seek His Kingdom only and our lives be to His praise
He alone shall be our glory, nothing in the world we see
He has cleansed and sanctified us; He Himself has set us free.
In His truth He does direct me, by His Spirit through His Word
And His grace my need is meeting, as I trust in Him, my Lord
All His fullness He is pouring in His love and power in me
Without measure, full and boundless, as I yield myself to Thee.
Hymn: “The Power of the Cross,” Text by Stuart Townend
Oh, to see the dawn of the darkest day: Christ on the road to Calvary.
Tried by sinful men, Torn and beaten, then Nailed to a cross of wood.
This, the power of the cross: Christ became sin for us
Took the blame, bore the wrath—We stand forgiven at the cross.
Oh, to see the pain written on Your face, bearing the awesome weight of sin.
Every bitter thought, every evil deed, crowning Your bloodstained brow.
Now the daylight flees, now the ground beneath quakes as its Maker bows His head.
Curtain torn in two, dead are raised to life; “Finished!” the victory cry.
Oh, to see my name, written in the wounds, for through Your suffering I am free.
Death is crushed to death; Life is mine to live, won through Your selfless love.
This, the power of the cross: Son of God—slain for us.
What a love! What a cost! We stand forgiven at the cross.
Heritage Bible Church, Greer, SC, www.heritagebiblechurch.org.
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