good friday cross

Today is Good Friday.
In other words, around 2000 years ago on this day, Jesus took on his shoulder the many sins, anxiety, depression, etc. of many. May we never forget the price He paid on that cross for our sins, and more than that—to give us grace and mercy. With no idea that Sunday was coming. What a Savior… I’m forever thankful for this love. It’s a perfect, crazy not-of-this-world kind of love story.

Today, I saw Jesus alive. I hid from him because I was ashamed. When He saw me, He ran to me. My body was weak and my knees buckled, but He caught me… And embraced me. As I held on to His white garments tightly, I cried ‘Don’t leave me!’ His words were like honey as He whispered in my ear, ‘I will always be with you.’
—  John
Part 3: The Beginning

“We sit down in tears and call to you in the grave: rest in peace, peacefully rest,rest in peace, peacefully rest!”

A stunning processional tableau of the Deposition/Descent from the Cross, taken during my pilgrimage to Bulacan and Pampanga earlier.

As for me, God forbid that I should boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.Galatians 6:14 
What glory is there in the cross? It was an instrument of torture and shame. Why did Paul glory in it? He gloried in it because the most selfless act ever performed took place upon it. He saw-emanating from that rough, unartistic beam upon which the Son of God had been crucified-the radiant hope of the world, the end of the believer’s bondage to sin, and the love of God shed abroad in the hearts of men. With my finite limitations, I cannot fully comprehend the mystery of Christ’s atonement. I only know that all who come to the cross in simple, trusting faith lose all their guilty stains and find peace with God.
Prayer for the day
Father, help me to glory in the cross of Jesus and more fully understand the tremendous meaning it has for me as a believer and for all who would come to its foot and kneel. Amen
Billy Graham

EXODUS 12:7,13 And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.
The Egyptians had no protection from the destroyer, but the people of Israel who put dblood of a lamb on their dwellings were safe.
The blood represented the Blood of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world – Jesus Christ (Revelation 13:8)..
The blood applied stopped the destroyer. With blood on the door of the Israelites in Egypt, no evil dared enter their dwelling. Christ is our Passover Lamb. Likewise, we are kept safe through the protection of the divine Blood of Jesus.
1 CORINTHIANS 5:7 For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.


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2010 Château La Vieille Cure

Finding religion with this wine on Good Friday! Bouquet of red and purple fruit, plums, cocoa powder, dark potpourri, black tea, and caramel with whiffs of burnt embers, church pews, and incense on the nose. Not quite as complex on the palate but still some great notes of raspberry, blackberry, and plum with church pews. Nice soft mouthfeel. Really solid Old World Merlot - perhaps one of the best value Merlots out there? Try this wine if you want to figure out whether you like Old World Merlot or not. Dig into some lamb stew with it for good measure!

5/5 bones


Merlot (some Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon)

14.5% abv

Fronsac (Bordeaux), FRANCE


Happy Good Friday!!!!!!

At the cross I bow my knee, where Your blood was shed for me. There’s no greater love than this.

Today was buuuusy.. but honestly, so much fun. There’s nothing better than seeing my kids have fun, be with friends, and learn important life lessons. Between GF crafts, an easter egg hunt, church, and shopping around to get everything ready for easter dinner and the kids baskets, I am ready for a nap! I’m sitting on the couch right now eating a bag of chips trying to gain some energy to clean the house while the kids nap with Levi.. Although, I might just crawl up and snuggle with them for a half hour or so too… Shhhhh, don’t tell anybody :)

Anyway, I hope you all enjoy your Good Friday! and enjoy your Easter weekend! I’m so thankful for my Savior and so thankful for all of you. 

The darkest day in history was when Almighty God laid on His Son the sins of all mankind. And Jesus Christ, who knew no sin, carried our sins to the cross, suffered, and died. He paid the “wages of sin”—death. Even though it was midday, the world went totally dark for three hours as the Savior surrendered His life and died. He did it all so that those who trust in Him wouldn’t have to live in the darkness, bondage, and death sentence of sin. When He said, “It is finished” (John 19:30), it was really just the beginning…
The brightest day in history was coming—in just three days.


—  Franklin Graham | March 25, 2016

GOOD FRIDAY is a public holiday and is celebrated on the Friday before Easter Sunday. The Christian’s belief is that Jesus Christ was crucified on a Friday.

Traditionally, Jamaican families get together and go to church. In some denominations, this worship is accompanied by a day of fasting. In the past, no meals were cooked on this day. Fried Fish would have been prepared from the night before (Holy Thursday / Maundy Thursday) to go with hard dough bread the next day. Sweet Potato Pudding or Pone, as well as bun and cheese would also be enjoyed on Good Friday. 

:: Meditate On The Cross :: — It’s not every day we find someone who’ll give us a second chance— much less someone who’ll give us a second chance every day! In Him we can find both. Can you feel the love?!