Based on: John 18:1 - 19:42
Last night we stripped the altar and church of ornaments. We slowly carried out the things that help to make this beautiful building a testament and a triumph to our Lord. We carry them out and we spend Good Friday in bleakness and darkness to remind us just how broken and needy we are.
It's easy for most upper-middle class folks to forget how broken and needy we are. We go along from day to day with enough to eat and enough to drink and really, if we would admit it, more than enough to buy most of what we want. We need reminders of just how broken and how needy we are, how near death we are, how close to end of our ropes and how very, very close we are to denying both that and the Savior we claim to love. Because underneath this sweetness and light lies bitter darkness, darkness so deep only one thing can penetrate it.