STAFFORD, NJ - Many churches in the Stafford and Long Beach Island area will conduct Good Friday services today. Area churches have gathered for 20 years at the Ocean Community Church on Route 72 in Manahawkin for a Good Friday service. A number of denominations and leaders are represented.
The service takes place at noon and usually concludes around 3 pm. All are invited.
If you can't make it the service will be live on the radio on WYRS 90.7 FM led by General Manager Bob Wick.
Good Friday is celebrated traditionally as the day on which Jesus was crucified. Why do they call the commemoration of Christ's death Good Friday? Assuming that Jesus was crucified and died on a Friday, should Christians remember Jesus' death by celebrating Good Friday?
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The Bible does not instruct Christians to remember Christ’s death by honoring a certain day. The Bible does give freedom in these matters, however. Romans 14:5 says, “One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.” Rather than remembering Christ's death on a certain day, once a year, the Bible instructs people to remember Christ’s death by observing the Lord’s Supper.
First Corinthians 11:24-26 declares, “...do this in remembrance of me...for whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.”
Why is Good Friday referred to as “good”? What the authorities and Romans did to Jesus was definitely not good (see Matthew chapters 26-27).
However, the results of Christ’s death are very good! Romans 5:8 says “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” First Peter 3:18 reads, “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.”
Many Christian churches celebrate Good Friday with a subdued service, usually in the evening, in which Christ’s death is remembered with solemn hymns, prayers of thanksgiving, a message centered on Christ’s suffering for our sakes, and observance of the Lord’s Supper.
Whether or not Christians choose to “celebrate” Good Friday, the events of that day should be ever on their minds because the death of Christ on the cross—along with His bodily resurrection—is the paramount event of the Christian faith.
Philip Brooks wrote: "We may say that on the first Good Friday afternoon was completed that great act by which light conquered darkness and goodness conquered sin. That is the wonder of our Savior’s crucifixion.”