What’s good about someone dying?
I’ll get back to that, but for now, bear with me.
I’m a very sentimental guy. I remember important dates in my life (often associating them with a song I heard that day…weird, I know) as if it were second nature. For instance, every year I remember the weekend that I met my wife for the first time. I recall weekends of last year’s road trips and triathlon events. I just like to remember such things and allow the emotions associated with those key moments to flood back in.
I don’t think I’m alone. Every year our culture celebrates birthdays, Christmas, Fourth of July, and anniversaries. Facebook voluntarily offers a window into previous years by pulling up older pictures that were posted. Great friends continue a conversation over coffee with, “Remember when…” and the laughter that follows.
God made us this way. We capture memories and hold on to the best of them until the day we die. It’s good for the soul.
This is not only an individual practice. It is also something communities, like our church family, do. In the Old Testament, the Holy One of Israel gave festivals and key moments in the religious calendar. In the New Testament church, we also mark days in the year connected with a memory of what God has done.
Easter weekend is the pinnacle of our Christian calendar. So much is remembered, and honored, over those few days, and rightly so. Each of us has many memories of celebrating the resurrection event year after year. In that weekend we see the gospel explicitly and our hope is again renewed in the new life offered by the risen Christ.
We take that very seriously here at Kossuth. We seize several days of that weekend to honor Christ and preach the gospel to ourselves (and to our friends and family who join us).
So, what’s so good about someone dying? Well, nothing, unless we are talking about Jesus Christ. In his death we are freed and in his resurrection we are raised to new life. That’s why we call it Good Friday. And that’s why such a somber day is redeemed into celebration. Because out of a bloody cross comes forgiveness.
This year we, as a church family, will celebrate three events on Easter weekend. First, on Thursday, March 24, we will observe an inaugural event in our church, Covenant Thursday (also called Maundy, or Holy Thursday). At 6:00 pm, we will meet upstairs in rroms 205/206 to take of the Lord’s Table, read through relevant Scriptures and sing hymns (a capella style by request).
Second, on Friday, March 25, we will observe Good Friday at 6:00 pm in the church sanctuary. This will be a time to sing about Jesus and the cross, read through Scripture, and hear from the Word of God.
Third, on Sunday, March 27, we will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ during our normal worship service time. There will be no Sunday school or Connection hour, as we want to make it as easy as possible for you to bring your friends, neighbors, and relatives.
Come to any, or all three, of these opportunities as we remember and celebrate the new covenant ushered in through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.