Holy week


Good Friday Reflection


2nd April 2021

...mocked and sentenced...

At dawn Jesus was brought again to face
the Sanhedrin - the council of the high priest,
elders and scribes.

They pronounced him guilty as charged
but still need to take him to Pilate
the Roman appointed governor of Judea,
as they did not have the necessary authority
to carry out the death sentence.

So, in front of Pilate his second trial begins;
but Pilate soon realised that Jesus
was a Galilean and was therefore
under the jurisdiction of the ruler
of the region of Galilee and Perea,
so sent him to Herod who mocks Jesus and,
not knowing what to do with him,
sends Jesus back to Pilate.

On his return Pilate attempted to release Jesus,
as he was now certain of his innocence.

Pilate's plan backfired and Barabbas,
a revolutionary and murder,
was freed in Jesus' place.
Before we gasp in horror remember Jesus
took our place as well as Barabbas.
Barabbas' release was not coincidental;
nothing was going to get Jesus
free at this point.
Not even a stern warning from Pilate's wife
who had a frightening dream that night
about the innocence of Jesus.

Jesus is finally scourged,
mocked and sentenced to death
by crucifixion.

Jesus died on the cross for our sins.
Read the account yourself in
   Matthew 27:32-44;
   Mark 15:21-32;
   John 19:17-27
   and Luke 23:26-43.
Try and put the whole story together
and conclude the passion events.
Ponder the implications
and lessons as you go along.

   The gospels record the seven words
   Jesus spoke on the cross.

   1. Father forgive them for they do not know
   what they are doing

..(Luke 23:34).

   The death of Jesus on the cross
   opens the door for God's forgiveness.
   The cross is all about forgiveness
   and God's love.
   No wonder that these are the first
   words Jesus spoke on the cross.

   2. I tell you the truth;
   today you will be with me in paradise

..(Luke 24:43).

   Jesus' act of love on the cross
   means we now have access to God.
   Not just now but even
   after this physical body dies.

   3. Women here is your son,
   ... here is your mother

..(John 19:26 - 27).

   The love of God should be shared
   among Christians now on earth.
   We are one family and should
   treat each other as such.

   4. My God, my God why have you forsaken me

.. (Matthew 27:46;

.. Mark 15: 34,

.. Psalm 22:1)

   On the cross Jesus felt
   the separation that sin brings.

   5. I am thirsty

..(John 19:20)

   Jesus suffered thirst on the cross.
   His flesh had been stretched to the limit.
   This cry of Jesus gives us a clue to
   the agony he underwent for you and me.

   6. It is finished

..(John 19:30).

   Having paid the price
   Jesus declared it is finished.
   The price for our salvation;
   physical and spiritual wellbeing
   had been settled.

   7. Father, into your hands
   I commit my spirit

..(Luke 23:46).

   Jesus then went where all saints should -
   into the hands of God, back to his Father.

God had no intention of allowing
Christ's death go unnoticed.
The Bible records several supernatural
incidents that occurred such as:

   1. The darkening of the sun -

      Matthew 27:45; Mark 15:33; Luke 23:44

   2. The tearing of the veil -

      Matthew 27:51; Mark 15:38; Luke 23:45

   3. The earth quake -

      Matthew 27:51

   4. The raising of the dead -

      Matthew 27: 52 - 53

   5. Conversion of the centurion -

      Matthew 27:54; Mark 15:39

The above incidents were a dramatic
illustration of what God was doing.
The darkening of the sun was a reflection
of how sin affected God's creation.
The tearing of the veil was the evidence
of the access being granted
into the presence of God that
Jesus death had accomplished.
The earthquake and rising of the dead
was a physical manifestation
of a spiritual reality.
The power of death had been broken
and the centurion was the first
of many men (and women)
to be raised from the death of
isolation from God
into the light of his salvation.

God was speaking through these phenomena
and he still is today. Are we listening?

The death of Jesus on the cross
was a fulfilment of several
Old Testament prophecies.
   His divided garments - Psalm 22:18
   His crucifixion
   with two criminals - Isaiah 53:12
   He is mocked (Ps 22:7; 70:3)
   taunted (Ps 42:10)
   and offered wine (Ps 69:21; Proverbs 31:6)
   He is acclaimed as the Righteous One Isaiah 53:11
   He is maltreatment - Isaiah 52:13-15; 53:10-12

All the above is only a summary of the passion.
Much more can be said.
I leave it to you to do further meditation.

It may be interesting to watch,
or just listen to a song
'Were you there? '
sung by A Capella by Pegasis.
via the link shown below.