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Welcome to our online morning service!
Spend a moment in prayer asking God to prepare your heart as we gather around His Word together.
Today is Good Friday, the day we remember and celebrate the death of our Lord Jesus Christ, who for the joy set before him endured the shame of the cross and, having risen and ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of the throne of God.
And so we come this morning to give praise to God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ who in the words of Galatians 1:3:
…gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever.Galatians 1:3 (NIV 84)
One of the most powerful descriptions of what the Lord Jesus Christ did for us on the cross is given in a prophecy written nearly 700 years before Jesus lived. Isaiah 53:5 tells us,
“he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities: the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed”.Isaiah 53:5 (NIV 84)
In these amazing words we are reminded not only of how serious our sins are, but also how loving our saviour is. Instead of trying to rationalise or excuse all the things we’ve said, thought and done that we know is wrong, we are free to be brutally honest with ourselves and with God, as we pray to him now. If you don’t know what words to pray, you can use this set prayer to help you:
Lord Jesus, we want to praise you today for your redeeming love and all that you have done for us, especially this Good Friday as we remember your death on the cross for our salvation. As we turn to you in faith, we see it was our sin you bore, our ransom you paid and our salvation you won, even though we don’t deserve it.
Heavenly Father, as we bow in humble thanks before the cross of Christ, please accept our thanksgiving and praise. And Holy Spirit, we humbly ask that you might change our hearts in our innermost being, make us new creatures in Christ, and give us power to live for the Father’s glory.
Hear us Father, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit: one God, now and forever, Amen.
God’s Word assures us from this passage in 1Peter 2 (that alludes to Isaiah 53), speaking of Jesus:
He himself bore our sins on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.1Peter 2:24-25 (NIV 84)
Intercessory Prayers: As we come to pray for our world, for the church and for those known to us who are in need, Murray Thomas has prepared the following prayer. Our weekly email newsletter also has more detailed prayer items for you to continue to pray through during the week.
As we prepare hearts to listen to God as he speaks to us through his Word, let’s sing once more:
Please open your Bibles to John 19:1-16, which Les Walton will read out and Don Morling will be preaching from:
In closing let’s remind ourselves of these great words from the end of Hebrews:
May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.hebrews 13:20-21