In the final readings we learn that Jesus isn’t dead any more, that He has risen to a new life that we will share.
On Good Friday we read the Passion according to John. Jesus died in the midst of sinners, comforted by only a few people who respected Him.
“As I have done for you, you should also do,” Jesus says. This is the major lesson that the liturgy wants to teach us today.
We know that God is powerful enough to bring blessing from our suffering, even as God brought salvation through the suffering of Jesus.
At some time or other all of us have betrayed Jesus. But He has always been willing to take us back--always willing to forgive.
Jesus knows He is surrounded by evil. All He can do is continue to be faithful to the will of His Father.
Jesus' continued dedication to the Father’s plan of salvation would make up for the sins of the world. He would die because of His faithfulness to the Father.
As we approach Holy Week God’s word makes clear who Jesus is, and invites us to remember who we are.
The promises God made are fulfilled differently now than they were at the beginning, but the Lord is still with us, faithfully and forever.
Jesus liberates us and makes us God’s children. And if the Father of Jesus is our father, nothing can enslave us.