Pastor J.D. Greear has a thoughtful post called Three Lessons from Jesus in His Darkest Valley. Although it focuses on Gethsemane, I still find it helpful this Good Friday morning.
“Every year, as Easter approaches, I’m tempted to rush through passion week and just focus on the resurrection. It’s such a beautiful and empowering end to the story, a message that both Christians and non-Christians need on a daily basis. But as I re-read the passion narrative this week, it struck me again that without the pain and gore of the passion, the resurrection is meaningless. And without the suffering of the passion, Jesus doesn’t offer us any answer to the pain and suffering of our lives,” Greear writes.
You can find the three lessons he draws from this at his website.