Not Good Friday, but Good Morning by Daniel Rodgers

Not Good Friday, but Good Morning
Daniel Rodgers
Mark 15:24-41; 16:1-6

INTRODUCTION:

1. On Friday morning, a lady called the office and wanted to know if we were going to have a ''Good Friday'' service. I told her were not; however, I invited her to attend Easter services with us.

a. On Friday of this week, millions of Christians around the world celebrated ''Good Friday.'' Many believe this to be the day our Lord was crucified.

2. Let me begin by making a brief comment on the term, ''Good Friday.'' The designation, ''Good Friday,'' was introduced by the Catholic Church in the 4th century, during Catholic festivals held in Jerusalem.

a. Their basis for the Good Friday designation comes from Mark 15:42, when Jesus was entombed. The Bible says, ''It was the preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath.''

1) I personally believe Jesus was crucified on Wednesday, but that is irrelevant to my message this morning. The day Jesus was crucified is not important, that fact that He was crucified is important.

QUOTE: Here is another bit of interesting information. Ken Collins writes,

Calling the day of the Crucifixion 'Good' Friday is a designation that is peculiar to the English language. In German, for example, it is called ''Karfreitag.'' The ''Kar'' part is an obsolete word, the ancestor of the English word ''care'' in the sense of ''cares and woes,'' and it meant ''mourning.'' So in German, it is Mourning Friday. And that is what the disciples did on that day-they mourned. They thought all was lost.

2. Let me pick up on that statement, ''They thought all was lost.'' All was not lost; there was another day coming, which brings me to my message this morning, ''Not Good Friday, but Good Morning.''

I. LET'S CONSIDER OUR FIRST POINT; IT IS ''NOT GOOD FRIDAY''

ILLUSTRATION: An article from the Daily Bread reads. . .

We call it ''Good Friday,'' but no one standing there that day would have called that Friday ''good.'' The best man th ...


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