On Friday of Holy Week, Jesus was led by Roman soldiers to a place outside of the city of Jerusalem where he was nailed to a wooden cross. What makes this a “good” day is that Jesus’ substitutionary death, in our place, purchased forgiveness for our sins. Jesus went to the cross as an act of obedience to His father’s will, and we are the beneficiaries of that act. Because of the finished work of Jesus on the cross, we can receive forgiveness for our sins and be made right with God. On Sunday, Easter morning, we will celebrate how the resurrection of Jesus transformed the cross from an instrument of death into a symbol of life and hope. But during the Good Friday service, our focus is the cross. We want to mentally and emotionally feel the “weight” of the cross, which will give us a greater appreciation for Jesus and the faithfulness of God. The service is intended to be reflective, somber, and abbreviated in length – approximately 50 minutes.