Good Friday Devotion

To assist you in your meditations on Christ’s passion this Holy Week we will post this short order for private and family devotion each day. They will include Introit, Collect, and Readings for the day. You can listen to the audio for the linked readings if you click on the “play” button at the top left-hand corner of the ESV online webpage.

Introit
He was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our in- | iquities;*
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes | we are healed.

O LORD, rebuke me not in your | anger,*
nor discipline me | in your wrath!

For your arrows have sunk | into me,*
and your hand has come | down on me.

There is no soundness in my flesh because of your indig- | nation;*
there is no health in my bones because | of my sin.

For my iniquities have gone o- | ver my head;*
like a heavy burden, they are too hea- | vy for me.

I confess my in- | iquity;*
I am sorry | for my sin.

Make haste to | help me,*
O Lord, my sal- | vation!

He was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our in- | iquities;*
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes | we are healed.

COLLECT
Almighty God, graciously behold this Your family for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed and delivered into the hands of sinful men to suffer death upon the cross; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

PSALM
Psalm 22

OLD TESTAMENT
Isaiah 52:13-53:12

EPISTLE
Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9

GOSPEL
John 18:1-19:42

BRIEF MEDITATION ON GOD’S WORD

Many people ask theologians and pastors, “Does God care? Does God understand me? How about even when I don’t understand myself?” The message of Holy Week and Easter is that God is not far off. Our suffering and sin is not unknown to Him. God, in Christ Jesus, came down in the depths of our human predicament and pronounced His singularity with us in our struggle. Christ became sin for us on the cross. Christ suffered all for us that we might be forgiven. Christ suffered all so all of us can be assured that no matter what assails us God has not forsaken us in our sins. He has not abandoned this fallen and hurting world. Does God care? Look to His cross. Does God understand you? Look to His cross.

“Jesus Christ did not remain at base headquarters, receiving reports of the world’s suffering from below and shouting a few encouraging words to us from a safe distance. No, He . . . came down where we live in the front line trenches . . . where we contend with our anxieties and the feeling of emptiness and futility, where we sin and suffer guilt, and where we must finally die. There is nothing that he did not endure with us. He understands everything.” – Helmut Thielicke

Helmut Thielicke, Christ and the Meaning of Life, trans. John W. Doberstein (New York: Harper, 1962), 18.

LORD’S PRAYER

PRAYERS FOR OTHERS AND OURSELVES
Suggested additional prayer for Friday: For the preaching of the holy cross of our Savior Jesus Christ and for the spread of His gospel throughout the world; for thanksgiving for the fruits of the cross-forgiveness, eternal life, peace with God and salvation; for the persecuted and oppressed; for the sick and dying; for thanksgiving for those who died before us and enjoy God’s peace while we await with them the day of the resurrection of the dead.

LUTHER’S MORNING PRAYER

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.

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LUTHER’S EVENING PRAYER

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have graciously kept me this day; and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.

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