Good Friday, Jesus dies for us.

The day is long and every stop is more and more intense.

Read this summary and reflect today on Jesus’ journey for us.  Set an alarm today seven times to pause and reflect and say a personal intention.  Maybe it is gratitude, maybe it is a special prayer you need for yourself or someone else.

Matthew 26:31-75   Matthew 27  Peter had vowed he would never desert Jesus. But Jesus said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” All of Jesus’ disciples ran away in fear when Jesus was arrested.

The high priest demanded of Jesus, “Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.” Jesus replied, “I am, and you will see me, the Son of Man, sitting at God’s right hand and coming back on the clouds of heaven.” Then the high priest said, “You have just heard His blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? What is your verdict?” They all shouted, “He deserves death!” Then they spat in Jesus’ face and started beating Him.

Pilate saw that Jesus was not really guilty of anything and wanted to let Him go. But Pilate did not want trouble with the religious leaders. He asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus replied, “My Kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my followers would have fought to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is from another place.”

Pilate asked the crowd of people, “Which do you want me to release, Barabbas or Jesus?” The crowd yelled for Barabbas to be released. Pilate asked, “Then what should I do with Jesus?”, and the crowd yelled “Crucify Him, Crucify Him!” So Pilate ordered the Roman soldiers to crucify Jesus.

Crucifixion was a cruel form of death reserved for criminals and slaves. First, Jesus was beaten by Roman soldiers. Then he was made to carry His cross to the place of execution. Jesus must have been too weak from the beating to carry His cross all the way; the soldiers forced a man named Simon of Cyrene to carry it the rest of the way

The cross was placed between two other men who were being crucified that day. The soldiers nailed Jesus to the cross and left Him to die. They put a sign on the cross to mock Jesus that said, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.”

About noon, strange things begin to happen. Darkness came over the land for three hours. Then Jesus cried out, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit,” and then He died. The curtain of the temple was mysteriously torn in two, and there was a great earthquake.

One of Jesus’ followers, a man from the town of Arimathea named Joseph, went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. He took Jesus’ body and hastily put it in a new tomb that had been carved in rock. He rolled a large stone in front of the tomb to seal it

The letters “INRI,” sometimes shown on the cross, are an acronym for the Latin phrase Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum. They stand for “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.” This was the inscription put on the cross by Pilate to mock Jesus. Here was the supposed “king” hanging on the cross like a common criminal. Little did His executioners realize Jesus was really the greatest king of all time!

“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24

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