My Friends in Kenya make corn dolls.  I have some manger scenes that I have shown in the pages of these blogs.  There were many folks in Minnesota North and North Dakota that received these manger scenes and not long ago I saw one displayed somewhere.  Before I left on my last trip there I was given this one.  It is certainly more somber and stark and it should be.  Today has the pathos and the terror and the woe.  The long Lenten journey is over and it ends on a cross as we knew it always would.  “The son of man must go up to Jerusalem and suffer and die”….

Good Friday is not just the prep work for Easter.  It is the point that makes Easter the center piece of life.  He was crucified for our sins and raised again for our justification.