Good Friday with Arthur Pink
Today is Good Friday. It is the day we remember Christ Jesus as our Passover Lamb. On this night, we reflect upon His death on the cross. Tonight we will gather together for corporate worship. I have planned to take us through the final seven sayings of Jesus on the cross.
The final seven sayings of Jesus on the cross were uttered as he was being crucified. Three of the sayings appear exclusively in the Gospel of Luke and three appear exclusively in the Gospel of John. The other saying appears both in the Gospel of Mark and the Gospel of Matthew.
Since the 16th century these sayings have been widely used in preaching on Good Friday and entire books have been written on the theological analysis, and the devotional elements of the seven sayings. In order to bless the church, I am writing this blog post to commend to you a great devotional penned by Pastor Arthur Pink (1886-1952).
Arthur Pink was born in Nottingham, England. He became a Christian at the age of 22, which then lead him to the United States to study the Scriptures as a student at the historic Moody Bible Institute (my personal alma mater!). He traveled greatly as a pastor in churches in Colorado, California, Kentucky, South Carolina, Britain, Australia and England. In addition to his pastoral work, Pink was a very active writer whose writings posthumously are still used today in many churches and institutes of higher learning. Biographer Iain Murray observes of Pink, "the widespread circulation of his writings after his death made him one of the most influential evangelical authors in the second half of the twentieth century." His writing sparked a revival of expository preaching and focused readers' hearts on biblical living.
I commend to you today, on this Good Friday 2012, the writings of Arthur Pink on the seven saying of the cross. I pray this small book will bless you this weekend as you worship the crucified and risen One, our LORD Jesus Christ.