Lenten Scripture Reflection | Good Friday: Psalm 22; Genesis 22.1-18; Hebrews 10.1-25, John 18-19

From: Natasha Cassamajor

Pondering death can be hard. When I started writing this reflection, I looked at the bottom of the computer for the date and realized that it’s the 16th anniversary of my mother’s death. I hadn’t really forgotten; the year she died that same date fell on Good Friday so I always remember her death near Good Friday. Death can bring so much sorrow sometimes. I lost a few friends in the past few years, joy was not the first thing that came to mind while mourning their death.

Today we remember a different kind of death, a death that brings life. A death that gives us access to the throne of God and forgiveness of sin. During our Ash Wednesday service, one of our pastors encouraged us to not think about what we were giving up for Lent. Instead we were encouraged to remember. There was something we needed to remember in this season. Psalm 22:27 says “All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord.”

What exactly are we remembering? We remember that “for our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

This Good Friday we remember: “he was pierced for our transgression; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5 The death of Jesus had purpose.

May we remember this great news on the most ordinary of days.

I recently acted in my first film. Repetition was not my strength, but I would do it again.