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Good Friday

Posted by Rev. Jacob Cogman on

John 19:14-18

Now it was the day of Preparation for the Passover; and it was about noon. He said to the Jews, ‘Here is your King!’ They cried out, ‘Away with him! Away with him! Crucify him!’ Pilate asked them, ‘Shall I crucify your King?’ The chief priests answered, ‘We have no king but the emperor.’ Then he handed him over to them to be crucified.

The Crucifixion of Jesus

So they took Jesus; and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them.


“Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” – such a profound yet poignant question that opens one of my favorite spirituals. We weren’t there historically. However, this spiritual – this question – invites us to remember and reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice on Calvary’s cross. This is not the Jesus that we see in most depictions. Jesus is bruised and bloody. He has nails in his hands and nails in his feet. He decided to die for you and me at the hands of a corrupt system. The light of the world appears to have been extinguished. Were you there? No, but I hope you’ll go there. I hope you’ll go there when they nailed him to the tree. I hope you’ll go there when they pierced him in his side. I hope you’ll go there when the sun refused to shine. I hope you’ll go there when they laid him in the tomb. I hope you’ll go there. I hope you’ll sit there. It isn’t an easy place to sit. It isn’t a comfortable place to sit. But, friends, this is our reality today. Be comforted, my brothers and sisters, knowing that you don’t sit alone. 

Reflection: In going there, in sitting there, what did you learn?

Song List
Were You There? - Marian Anderson

Calvary - Mahalia Jackson

Down at the Cross - Phillips, Craig and Dean

You Are the Living Word - Fred Hammond

O the Blood - Kari Jobe

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