Today is Good Friday.
Some ask what is good about it? It is the day Jesus went to the cross and died. Exactly! Without Jesus submitting Himself to the cross by the hand and will of the Father, we would have NO hope for tomorrow. Eternal death would be our future. Now we can have Life, an abundant Life through the Son of God. On this Holiest of Holy weeks in history, last Sunday, Palm Sunday, Jesus walked into Jerusalem on a colt of a donkey, as was prophesied in Zechariah 9:9-11, people greeted Him with palm branches and shouted “Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed ishe that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.” (Matthew 21:1-11) Some laid out their coat and blankets for Him to walk over, showing honor to Him
Through the next few day much was to take place. Jesus knew what was before Him.
He had a “Last Supper” with his disciples, the closest people to him. He spoke of what was to happen to Him and His betrayal of one of His own followers, they all were appalled at the thought.
Followed by washing their feet and they didn’t understand this, even with His explanation. Jesus showed His disciples (and us) great humility before man and God. We are to serve one another as well as come along-side them when the daily “grind” become a bit much for us.
Can you see the awe in their faces. I am sure by what scripture says they were in quite a quandary.
These events are found in John Chapter 13.
But Jesus didn’t leave them there, He talked to them for the next several hours about how He was not going to leave them comfortless or without help. He was going to send His Holy Spirit to them. Also He spoke of His love for them in many ways. He told them not to be troubled or fearful, He was going to prepare a place in heaven for them, for us. He also told them how they were to ‘abide,’ how to live for Him. How to love as He loved them; to keep and obey His word; and oh so much more.
He also the day of the last supper, told Peter he was going to deny knowing Jesus. Peter was astounded at the thought.
Wednesday marked Ash Wednesday. Wednesday is also the day when Jesus went to the garden of Gesminy with three of His dearest disciples to pray. Jesus knew what was to become of Himself starting that night. He was heavily burdened. The closest ones to Him couldn’t stay awake to pray with and for Him. But Jesus wanted the will of His Father more than His own. He knew what was soon to happen.
As Jesu got up from His prayer with the Father, he was betrayed by Judas. Judas agreed to betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver…
Jesus was now taken and put under arrest. Dear ol’ Peter took things into his hands and cut off the soldiers ear that took hold of Jesus as they arrested Him. Jesus picked up the soldiers ear and put it back on the man as if it had never happened. What a sight and demonstration of who He was there before His captures…what a testimony that was, yet they rejected Him still.
The next day Jesus was taken before men of power so that He could be properly accused of a crime, but no one could find any thing to accuse Him of. the people still were so angry they wanted Jesus crucified. but without any thing to accuse Him of any crime they were to let Him go. But no, they would not have that. They were told to choose a prisoner and set him free in Christ’s place. To set a criminal of murder and thievery, Barabas they chose to set free and to crucify Jesus. It was so. This is wha they did.
The next day I will let this video explain what took place on this representative Friday, Good Friday.
Jesus died about noon on this day, but….
Lord I thank You that the ‘story’ does not end here. Through Your death we still have hope.
These events are found in John chapters 14-19. There are othher of the gospels you can read these events, I just used ones from John today.
A SIDE NOTE, A PERSONAL THOUGHT: Today has been quite the sobering day for me. Maybe it has taken all the 36+ years I have known Jesus as Savior for The reality of the crucifixion to sink in. I don’t know. I’m sure I have known an recognize the death of the cross… of Christ before, but this year it has truly become a reality to what He did for me, for man-kind. The amount of suffering, to say the least, that Jesus went through for pay the price of redemption is overwhelming and hitting home. All day I have wept off and on again. What an amazing great love it took for the Father to send His Son to this world to die and for the Son of God, our Savior, to love us and give his life for us has more than astounded me today. I have been full of awe. The reality of His crucifixion, all this week, all that has led to this day has been truly a life changing experience. I have been in many life changing experiences but this one this time has hit a place in my life and heart like no other time. I thank the Lord for it. It has also shown what hope we have to look forward to in the Resurrection of Christ. What hope and joy we have in Him as the giver of life and life abundant in and through Him. “And when I think that God his son not sparing, Sent him to die – I scarce can take it in, That on the cross my burden gladly bearing, He bled and died to take away my sin:” (from – How Great Thou Art) “I scarce can take it in.” No I can’t! My soul does sing how great thou art, my Savior God to thee, how great You are Lord Jesus. Enough said. My heart is full this day. I praise the Lord for His great love.
Lord bless you all until later. Much love and prayers to you all.