The suffering of Christ is not a morbid fascination for Christians. It is a real historical happening that carries immense spiritual importance. For those who know Christ, the suffering of Jesus is personally significant: the Messiah absorbed the wrath “my” sin earned. But the suffering of Christ is also corporately significant: the Messiah absorbed the wrath “our” sin earned. It is because of this that we take time as a body, as a church, to commemorate his death and celebrate his resurrection. We have been pardoned, forgiven and adopted into His family. And so we value the chance to set aside an evening for reflection and remembrance of the awful price that was paid to give us life.
On April 6th we will be having our yearly Darkening Service. This sober and moving service has been a truly special experience for many in our body, bringing into focus the agony of the physical, emotional and spiritual suffering of Christ. We begin and end the service in silence, exiting the dark building with a small sense of the weight of the crucifixion event, returning again on Sunday to celebrate with joy the triumph of the resurrection; the fatal blow dealt to death and darkness by Jesus, the Living Light of the World.