churches, Good Friday is marked by a worship service in a solemn and contrite manner in which sermons on the cross of Christ are preached.
However, if your congregation holds Maundy Thursday services instead--or doesn't hold either--here are a few things you might consider for your devotional life as we prepare for Resurrection Sunday. .
- Tune your heart to the grace of the cross with some worship music. Here is Sarah Sadler's haunting version of "How Deep the Father's Love for Us."
- Listen to a recording the the Gospel accounts of the cross. The entire Bible is free in audio form on the ESV website. Here is the audio of Mark 15. (You may have to click to the "listen" button on the top).
- Listen to a sermon on the cross of Christ. Here is mine from Matthew 27:15-23, detailing the release of Barabbas and the crucifixion of Jesus, entitled "The Exchange."
- Read a rich and rewarding explanation of the work of atonement. Here is R.C. Sproul's devotional thoughts on the terms "expiation" and "propitiation."
- Read the historic Reformed confessions of faith on the cross. Here is the Westminster Confession of Faith chapter 8 on "Christ the Mediator."
Matthew Everhard is the Senior Pastor of Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Brooksville, Florida.