Friday, April 6, 2012

Reflecting on Passion Week - Good Friday

What happened during Biblical times during this week?
Biblegateway has a great timeline illustration here.

Today is Good Friday.
Much happened on this day.
Jesus was betrayed by one of his disciples.
He was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane.

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He was brought before the high priests and then sent to Pontius Pilate.
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Pilate decided to let the crowds decide what to do with Jesus.  Release Jesus or Barabbas.  The crowds shouted for the release of the criminal, Barabbas.  They shouted for Jesus to be crucified.  Jesus, who had done no wrong.
The disciple who betrayed Jesus {Judas} killed himself.
Peter would deny any connection to his Lord three times.
Jesus would be condemned to death on a cross.
He would be whipped.
He would be forced to wear a crown symbolizing his status as "King".
He would bleed.
He would take on agonizing torture.

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He would be forced to carry his own cross through the streets and in front of the crowds who cheered on the fact that he would be crucified!
Were some of these people in the crowds just days earlier shouting "Hosanna!" as he entered the city??
He would be nailed to a cross.

For what?

Look in the mirror.

That's "for what".

Jesus would suffer unbelievably.
Because he was following the path that God, his father, had set for him.

I cannot even imagine what he went through.
I cannot imagine what his closest friends, family and followers must have been thinking as they watched these events unfold.

Yet, Jesus was obedient to his Father through all of this.

In Luke 22:42 we hear him ask for mercy:
42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”

Yet we do not see a man complaining.  We see him ask only this once that his Father show mercy if He is willing.  But he knew what being fully obedient to his Father meant.  It meant paying the ultimate sacrifice.  Death on a cross.  God is a God who is able to do so much more than we can ask or imagine, yet He allowed His son to suffer death on a cross.  For you.  For me.  To wipe our slate clean.  An act of forgiveness for all of our sins past, present and future.

I wasn't around 2,000 years ago.  Neither were you.
Yet he did all this for US.
Not just for the people of that time - but for all people who would follow - and who have yet to come into this world.

So as we go about our day this Good Friday, let us be mindful of what took place all those years ago, and of the purpose it served for us today.

And let us give thanks to God who loved us so much that He would allow this to happen, just so that we might have eternal life with Him.

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you can read more reflections:
palm sunday / holy thursday

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