Some Readings for Good Friday, from the Gospel according to John
I have not offered any meditation or reflection for today. The Biblical accounts speak for themselves, and it is recommended that you read and dwell with them through the day. The core readings of John’s account are shown in bold. The others provide an optional supplement.
As you read, note any word or phrase that strikes you; dwell with that word or phrase, pondering it, turning it over in your mind. Notice your feel feelings and emotions – it may help to note them down. What is it that speaks to you; encourages, cheers, challenges, or comforts? Let God speak to you through your body; your heart.
John 15.1-11 I am the vine, you are the branches
John 16.19-22 Present grief and promised joy
John 18.1-14 Arrest
John 18.15-27 Denial and Inquisition
John 18.28-19.16 Trial and Pilate’s sentence
John 19.17-27 Crucifixion
John 19.38-42 Burial
John 14.1-11 In my Father’s house are many rooms
John 14.15-27 The Holy Spirit will come to you
See from his head, his hands, his feet, sorrow and love flow mingled down! Did e’er such love and sorrow meet? Or thorns compose so rich a crown? Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast Save in the death of Christ my God. All the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to his blood. Were the whole realm of nature mine, That were an off’ring far too small; Love so amazing, so divine, Demands my soul, my life, my all. Isaac Watts
Our meditations for Holy Week are by the Revd Malcolm Nicholas, author of The Vicar's Secret Wallpaper and Journey into Spiritual Spaciousness. These readings can be used at any time, all together, or spread through the day.