In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Ghost.
This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” This may seem like an odd verse for Good Friday. We think of this as being a somber day, a day of repentance and reflection upon sin. It is, but we also must remember that we do not mourn as those who have no hope. We certainly do focus on the crucifixion, the ultimate price paid by Our Lord for the sake of sheep who love to wander, people who sin in thought, word, and deed, in ways known and unknown. But we cannot and must not pretend that we don’t know what’s coming. We know the end of the story, and so there certainly is a note of victory, of rejoicing that runs through this day. If you want proof, look in the back hallways or side rooms of churches around Cleveland, and around the world. Lilies are waiting, lined up, waiting to adorn the Altar in praise of Jesus’ resurrection. We know, and so we rejoice.
Sermons from Mount Olive
Mount Olive follows the historic one-year lectionary (series of readings).