The Friday before Easter is called “Good Friday”. The origins of Good Friday or not exactly clear, some believe the “Good” stems from an archaic form of the word “Holy”. Regardless of where the term came from, the day has been set aside specifically to look at the cross. Jesus was crucified on a Friday and raised from the dead on a Sunday morning. His work on the cross is not complete without the resurrection and the resurrection could not have taken place without the cross before it, but each one holds unique significance.
Many New Testament writers refer to Jesus’ work on the cross when they describe the theological concepts of propitiation (God’s wrath poured out on Jesus instead of on us), forgiveness of sins (Jesus received our punishment, so now God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins) and obedience (Jesus was obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross).
You are invited as we gather with other Ventura churches for a Good Friday Service, to remember and celebrate what Jesus has done to bring us back to God.