“…Having said this, he breathed his last.” Luke 23:46
Folks, today is Friday, April 3, 2015, also known as Good Friday.
I have many memories of this day both from my life, and from my family. My parent’s owned a fish market for 40 years, and Good Friday was always the busiest day of the year. Lots of effort went into preparing for this one day, which was at least 12 non-stop hours of cutting fish and attending to the customer’s needs and questions.
For the last 27 years, it has been a day of remembering what God has done, is doing and promises to do…in Jesus Christ. The last seven words of Christ from the cross will be preached in many churches today, and no two sermons will be remotely alike. Thank God.
My father—Ricardo H. Alegria, Sr. and my sister—Virginia B. Alegria, breathed their last breath on September 2, 1994 and April 5, 2002, respectively. I was there on both occasions, as were other family and friends. You do not forget moments like those, but are privileged to witness someone entering eternal life.
I miss my dad. I would tell folks that if I could see him one more time, if only for a few seconds, I would say, “You were right.” My dad and I would argue about how to do things, how to achieve the desired goal. When I would see my sister’s picture, I would wish that she were still here to see, and be a part of my children’s lives. “Virg” loved her nieces and nephews, and was often generous to them.
Many folks were at the scene of the crucifixion, as recorded in the gospels. Luke records, “…Having said this, he breathed his last.” It was the end of Jesus’ earthly life, but it was not the end of His life.
The service tonight and those on Sunday will be about God’s love and God’s power. They will tell a story from several difference voices.
There is a hymn that goes like this:
“We’ve a story to tell to the nations,
hat shall turn their hearts to the right,
story of truth and
story of peace and light, a story of peace and light.
the darkness shall turn to dawning,
the dawning to noon-day bright;
and God’s great kingdom shall come on earth,
kingdom of love and light.”
(UMH 569) H. Ernest Nichol, 1896, Words and Music
So, go tell the story. How will folks know, unless you tell them?
See you tonight and Sunday morning.
Pastor Frank (firstname.lastname@example.org)