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Good Friday Greetings

April 10, 2020
By David Rowe

Good Friday greetings from Trinity Christian School!

As my son Joey took this picture yesterday, I was reminded anew of what makes Trinity such a special school. On Good Friday I could think of no better image with which to encourage our school.

The tradition of families decorating this cross was brought to my attention this week by PTF President Stacey Whitten, who wondered if we were going to follow that practice again this year. Our admissions director, Lana, filled me in on the details and told me what a great tradition this is for our school. I then contacted our famous facility guy, Uncle Toby, and he installed the cross in its place of honor. This type of collaboration-working together to advance the school and glorify God- is a case in point of what makes Trinity a great school to lead.

The meaning of this cross during a time of worldwide crisis is moving and powerful. We see, first of all, that the cross is adorned with the type of flowers and other foliage that makes Hawaii a worldwide tourist destination. This brings to mind Psalm 96, in which we are told to, “Worship God in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him all the earth.“ I could think of no better symbol to illustrate this truth for us  on Good Friday.

Good Friday also commemorates the day on which our Savior poured out his life and died. Without his sacrifice on the cross, and apart from his bodily resurrection, we would be alienated from God and without hope in the world. In that case, all the world's beauties would be, as the writer of Ecclesiastes said, nothing but vanity upon vanity.

Finally, we see that our little Trinity cross is empty of everything but flora. This demonstrates that Christ has not only died on the cross, atoning with his one sacrifice of himself for our sins; he has not only conquered death by his resurrection, but he has also ascended into heaven and sits on the right hand of the father.

On Good Friday we remember that this COVID-19 crisis that has affected our lives so strongly does not catch our Savior unawares or leave us without hope. From his position on high, he directs all of these events for the good of his people and, ultimately, for his own glory. At a Christian classical school, grounded in such timeless truths, we can weather these storms most faithfully. Question 27 of the Heidelberg catechism expresses this truth about God‘s loving care most poignantly and I will leave you with this to consider on Good Friday, that

“God’s providence is his almighty and ever present power, whereby, as with his hand, he still upholds heaven and earth and all creatures, and so governs them that leaf and blade, rain and drought, fruitful and barren years, food and drink, health and sickness, riches and poverty, indeed, all things, come to us not by chance but by his fatherly hand.”

Q. What are your family’s or your church’s Easter traditions?  

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