Good Folks, it is Good Friday 2016. I ask the question as many have before me, “What is good about Good Friday?” Everyone has their own unique answer.
Since last time, we celebrated Palm Sunday and Holy Thursday. Tonight at 7:00p.m. we will have The Last Seven Words of Christ from the Cross with five different voices from the pulpit. Easter Sunday is 72 hours away, with three distinct worship events: 7, 9 & 11a.m. services.
I came across this story years ago that I want to share:
I hired a plumber to help me restore an old farmhouse, and after he had just finished a rough first day on the job: a flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric drill quit and his ancient one-ton truck refused to start. While I drove him home, he sat in stony silence. On arriving, he invited me in to meet his family. As we walked toward the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands. When opening the door he underwent an amazing transformation. His face was wreathed in smiles and he hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss. Afterward he walked me to the car. We passed the tree and my curiosity got the better of me. I asked him about what I had seen him do earlier. “Oh, that’s my trouble tree,” he replied “I know I can’t help having troubles on the job, but one thing’s for sure, those troubles don’t belong in the house with my wife and the children… So I just hang them up on the tree every night when I come home and ask God to take care of them. Then in the morning I pick them up again. Funny thing is,” he smiled, “when I come out in the morning to pick ’em up, there aren’t nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before.”
What I have learned in life and especially being a pastor; troubles are everywhere. The plumber in the story has a tree where his troubles are laid. I find that an hour working in my vegetable gardens gives me a perspective on mine. Others resort to other venues. I would say, start and end with prayer. That is what Jesus did from the tree that he was hung from. Prayer.
Maybe this is what is good about Good Friday. What Jesus did for me and for you.
I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.
John 10:10 (The Message)
Blessings from Duncanville,