Every year at Easter I am reminded that we know nothing of the Saturday between the crucifixion and the resurrection. In this week where most of the events of Jesus’ ministry were explained it is weird to think that we have this hole there on Saturday.
I have preached about this a few times, but this idea I think will work on a Good Friday service.
This is a short sermon idea that would be part of a larger Good Friday worship experience.
- You will need 7 or 8 volunteers who need to have a little foreknowledge of what is to come, but they will not need much practice.
- Right before your message bring the people up on stage. Have one person stand off to the right side and the rest of the group to the left side.
- The people on the left should face inward and sort of be pretending to talk among themselves.
- Right after they get set the person on the right should approach them and very subtly look like he is going to join their circle before walking back to his place on the right.
After their little scene plays out leave the participants on stage and have the Then have the speaker come on stage and ask these questions about the guy on the right:
What do you think he is feeling?
Why do you think that?
Have you ever felt like this before?
What do you normally do when you feel this way?
When you are feeling alone is it easy to think that you are the only person who feels this way?
Have your volunteers sit down and then begin your message. Depending on what your focus is for the rest of the evening either read from Isaiah 53 or
Matthew 27:45-46 “From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over the whole land. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Elí, Elí, lemá sabachtháni?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
When we are feeling alone it is easy to think that we are the only person who feels this way. One of the amazing things that we see in the story of the cross is our Savior experiencing loneliness. Even though he is surrounded by a crowd and between two theieves His words indicate that He felt alone and abandoned.
As we come to this time and place where we pause and remember the cross. Let us not move to quickly to Sunday morning. Let us remember that Jesus left His place in heaven, left eternal and perfect community with God and came to earth to suffer, to die, and to be alone.
Jesus chose to be alone so that through his death and sacrifice we who were outcast no longer had to be alone.
So if you are here and you feel like you are an outcast. If you are here and you feel alone, rejected, on the outside you need to know two things. One this church is a place for you to feel accepted and find your place, but much much more than that number two is that Jesus himself knows what it feels like to be alone. He walked through loneliness, separation and the cross so that you could know Him.
That is why we call this Friday good. Not that Jesus died, but that Jesus sacrificed himself for us, and Just like the story of Jesus didn’t end of Friday your story doesn’t end with you alone. In your story there is a Sunday coming and it is when Jesus Christ comes into your heart and you are never again alone.