From Holy Thursday, we move to Good Friday, the second part of the three-day Triduum service. This is the most solemn day of the Church Year—the day on which we recall the death that saves us. On this day, we remember that God gave us His name as His word and bond. The saving name of God is Jesus, the incarnate Son of God who walked obediently under the Law, delivered Himself up to the suffering and death of the cross, and made salvation available for all who wear that name by Baptism and faith. Luther reminds us that the name of God was given to us to be the name we call upon in prayer and the name we raise in worship and praise. Jesus’ death fulfills the commandment’s promise and makes His name the source of all our hopes of redemption—but not for us only! He died for all that those who live should not live for themselves but for Him.

The sermon text for Good Friday is from Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9 (ESV).

Jesus the Great High Priest

[14] Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. [15] For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. [16] Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16 ESV)

[7] In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. [8] Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. [9] And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, (Hebrews 5:7-9 ESV)

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