I absolutely love this song. This morning I am putting everything aside and making a conscience effort to remember what happened today all those years ago; the sacrifice that was made and the price that was paid. I encourage you all to do the same.
As a kid I never understood why this day was called “Good” Friday. Now that I am older, I get it. I truly get it. Without Friday, without the crucifixtion, there could not have been an Eater, could not have been a resurrection, and most certainly, I would have never seen the Kingdom of Heaven.
I have yet to be able to watch the Passion movie. I can’t make it through. I can’t stand to watch what was done to my beloved Jesus. It hurts too much. I can’t stand it. Well, what I have recently come to realize is that it is supposed to hurt. It is supposed to be hard to bare because it hurt Jesus all the more to actually go through it. The hurt reminds us of His sacrifice. The hurt reminds us that it was our sin that put Jesus on the cross. Yes, it is easy to get mad at the Jewish leaders. It is easy to cast the blame on them. But once again, the blame is on me; the blame is on you. We too played a major part in the death of Jesus Christ. The good news? Yes, there is great good that comes from his death: his resurrection and the forgiveness of all our sins.
Below is the scriptures for the rest of the story. I put them there for your convience, but I think the video “It’s Friday” says it all.
Jesus Faces the Sanhedrin (Matthew 26:57-67) (Late Thursday night-early Friday morning)
57 And those who had laid hold of Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled. 58 But Peter followed Him at a distance to the high priest’s courtyard. And he went in and sat with the servants to see the end.
59 Now the chief priests, the elders,[g] and all the council sought false testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, 60 but found none. Even though many false witnesses came forward, they found none.[h] But at last two false witnesses[i] came forward 61 and said, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and to build it in three days.’”
62 And the high priest arose and said to Him, “Do You answer nothing? What is it these men testify against You?” 63 But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest answered and said to Him, “I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!”
64 Jesus said to him, “It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
65 Then the high priest tore his clothes, saying, “He has spoken blasphemy! What further need do we have of witnesses? Look, now you have heard His blasphemy! 66 What do you think?”
They answered and said, “He is deserving of death.”
67 Then they spat in His face and beat Him; and others struck Him with the palms of their hands, 68 saying, “Prophesy to us, Christ! Who is the one who struck You?”
The Jewish leaders have a hard time coming up with an exact charge. I find funny that they arrest Jesus before they actually know what they are going to charge Him with! All they can find is false accusations and it ends up that Jesus was the one who came up with a chargeable offense (vs. 64)
Jesus Handed Over to Pontius Pilate (Matthew 27:1-2)
27 When morning came, all the chief priests and elders of the people plotted against Jesus to put Him to death. 2 And when they had bound Him, they led Him away and delivered Him to Pontius[a] Pilate the governor.
Jesus Faces Pilate (Matthew 27:11-14)
11 Now Jesus stood before the governor. And the governor asked Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?”
Jesus said to him, “It is as you say.” 12 And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing.
13 Then Pilate said to Him, “Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?” 14 But He answered him not one word, so that the governor marveled greatly.
Taking the Place of Barabbas (Matthew 27:15-26)
15 Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to releasing to the multitude one prisoner whom they wished. 16 And at that time they had a notorious prisoner called Barabbas.[c] 17 Therefore, when they had gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” 18 For he knew that they had handed Him over because of envy.
19 While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent to him, saying, “Have nothing to do with that just Man, for I have suffered many things today in a dream because of Him.”
20 But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitudes that they should ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus. 21 The governor answered and said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?”
They said, “Barabbas!”
22 Pilate said to them, “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?”
They all said to him, “Let Him be crucified!”
23 Then the governor said, “Why, what evil has He done?”
But they cried out all the more, saying, “Let Him be crucified!”
24 When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but rather that a tumult was rising, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this just Person.[d] You see to it.”
25 And all the people answered and said, “His blood be on us and on our children.”
26 Then he released Barabbas to them; and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified.
Once again, the leaders, government, and people are given the chance to not go through with the crucifixion. It was customary to release one prisoner at the time of the feast, obviously, this should have been Jesus. The crowd, which days earlier were shouting his praises, are now yelling “crucify Him” and they choose to release someone one else. Another betrayal added to the pile.
The Soldiers Mock Jesus (Matthew 27:27-31)
27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole garrison around Him. 28 And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. 29 When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 30 Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head. 31 And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified.
I absolutely hate all the mocking and violence. This is wear I can’t watch anymore (it is easier to read than watch).
The King on a Cross (Matthew 32-36)
32 Now as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. Him they compelled to bear His cross. 33 And when they had come to a place called Golgotha, that is to say, Place of a Skull, 34 they gave Him sour[e] wine mingled with gall to drink. But when He had tasted it, He would not drink.
35 Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments, casting lots,[f] that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet:
“They divided My garments among them,
And for My clothing they cast lots.”[g]
36 Sitting down, they kept watch over Him there. 37 And they put up over His head the accusation written against Him:
THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. (Matthew 38-44)
38 Then two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and another on the left.
39 And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads 40 and saying, “You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”
41 Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with the scribes and elders,[h] said, 42 “He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel,[i] let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him.[j] 43 He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”
44 Even the robbers who were crucified with Him reviled Him with the same thing.
Jesus Dies on the Cross (Matthew 27:45-55)
45 Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”[k]
47 Some of those who stood there, when they heard that, said, “This Man is calling for Elijah!” 48 Immediately one of them ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and offered it to Him to drink.
49 The rest said, “Let Him alone; let us see if Elijah will come to save Him.”
50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.
51 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, 52 and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53 and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.
54 So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!”
55 And many women who followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to Him, were there looking on from afar, 56 among whom were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses,[l] and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.
At the beginning I encouraged you all to think about this day, to remember what happened. However, I did not mean we have to sit around and cry all day. Yes, Jesus died on the cross. Yes, it was a horrible death. But, He did not stay dead, now did he? No, of course not! It is good to feel remorseful that it was our sins that put him on the cross and I think that deserves reflective time, but don’t spend all day being sad, but rather rejoice because…….Sunday’s coming!
Have a “Good Friday” everyone, and join me tomorrow for a special Saturday blog,