Prayer: Lord, help us to be moved this day as we hear the story again of the work your son did on the cross. Amen.
Reading: John 18: 1- 19: 42 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
“Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”
The little baby, born in the quiet cattle stall, who grew up to be the boy in the temple and the man who healed, preached, and taught while he walked from place to place is dead. He asked God if this duty could be taken away but in the end, he bowed in reverence to the Father and gave up his spirit. “It is finished,” they heard him cry. The end was here.
It may seem strange, but Good Friday is one of my favorite days of the year. Growing up, I always looked forward to the Tenebrae Service at my home congregation. The retelling of Jesus’ final day always moves me. This past summer at camp, this story was the one our campers studied when we looked at the church season of Lent. My daughter, who heard this story often this summer, has told me that it is her favorite story in the Bible. The story has been passed from my generation to hers.
How do you pass this story onto others? What do you tell others about how your God sent his Son to earth, born of humble beginnings, brought to teach, preach, and heal, and ultimately die for you? On this day, and every day, may this story move you to go share the Good News! --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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