A Good Friday Moment

A time of reflection and questioning…


“Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?”

Dan MacMaster (chancel) and Janet Eastwood (balcony)
Tenebrae Service, March 25, 2016
Haney Presbyterian Church
Maple Ridge, BC



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Wood for a Cross

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

[John 3:16]


We don’t often stop to wonder where that cross came from, do we? Rough timber, that’s what we think of.  Timber formed into a device of death. But the wood? It was cut from a tree — a tree that grew from a seed, just like every other living thing. God gave it life and allowed it to grow, despite knowing its destiny.


“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” 

[Galatians 2:20]


“It is the Spirit who gives Life, … the words that I speak to you are Spirit,
and they are Life.”

[John 6:63]
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He was broken for me.

 “From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”)…  And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.”

[Matthew 27:45-46, 50]