Posted by: morgan1965 | March 30, 2013

Good Friday 2013 & A 100th Birthday Celebration

Good Friday 2013 was a wonderful and eventful day for me. I began the day by attending a Good Friday Breakfast at the St. Paul United Methodist Church. The Good Friday message was entitled, “Weep.” I was reminded of the times in life when one is compelled to weep in light of prevailing circumstances. Jesus wept over Jerusalem. The women wept when they witnessed the cruel treatment that Jesus received on Good Friday. After the breakfast event, I attended the Good Friday service at Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church from noon to three o’clock.

It was my privilege to preach a sermon based on the second word of the Seven Last Words of Jesus. The second word is the word of promise: “Truly, I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:39-43). The story is that Jesus was placed on the cross between two thieves, convicted criminals. One criminal mocked Jesus. The other criminal then chastised the first criminal.

After the two criminals bantered back and forth, the second criminal asked Jesus to remember him when he came into his kingdom. It was then that Jesus made the commitment of salvation: “Today you will be with me in paradise.” The criminal dared to believe that Jesus would come into his kingdom, so he wanted to be remembered. Jesus surprises us when he extends the promise of salvation.

When Jesus promised to remember the criminal, he demonstrated his deep love for humankind. It is important to note that Jesus came into the world full of grace and truth. God sent Jesus into the world not to condemn the world but to save the world through Jesus.

We are the recipients of God’s love and grace. The criminal had faith in Jesus.
When we have faith in Jesus, Jesus gives us the power to become “sons of God” (John 1:12). Jesus gave his life for you and me, because of his abiding love. He died for our sins. God’s salvation, therefore, invites us into God’s big circle of love. Jesus daily invites us to live a life of love.

The third event that I attended was a 100th birthday celebration for Mother Porter, a dear friend and a true servant of God. She was honored by her children and her church family, and she was joined by a host of friends and relatives. Mother Porter is a person who accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior a long time ago. She has been a faithful and active member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church for many years. Through her abundant faith, she received God’s power to be a dedicated pilgrim disciple who has inspired many young people along the way. it is a joy to be in the presence of a Centennial woman.

It was a great Good Friday because Jesus paid the price for our sins with his own shed blood. It was a great Good Friday because Mother Porter’s 100th birthday fell on the day we observed Good Friday in 2013. I will have a lasting memory of this Good Friday.


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