Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday... a Blessing to Us!

Before I begin, I must wish granddaughter A, a very Happy Birthday!

If you've never read about Good Friday, you will find information in all four gospels in the New Testament Bible:  Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.  Each book is one person's account of their time and experience with Jesus.

I'll begin with what led up to Jesus' crucifixion on Good Friday.  Then, will continue with His crucifixion.

Jesus and his disciples shared in the Feast of Passover, what we Christians commonly call The Last Supper, for it truly was Jesus' last meal on earth, as 100% man and 100% God.

At the end of the meal, Jesus foretold of how one of His own would betray him.  Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, fulfilled scripture by dipping the last piece of bread, and having satan enter him.

After Judas left, Jesus says in the book of John 13:31-35, "So, when he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in Him. If God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and glorify Him immediately. Little children, I shall be with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come,’ so now I say to you. A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”"

In John 14:6 Jesus says, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."  He also told us that if we love Him, we should keep His commandments.  He promised to send a helper to us.  The Holy Spirit.

Jesus told that if the world hates you, you need to know that it hated him first...without a cause, fulfilling scripture.

Jesus and his disciples went to the Garden of Gethsemane, to pray.  This is where Jesus was arrested.

Jesus was questioned by the Caiaphas, the high priest, before being sent to Pilate's court.  Finding no fault in Jesus, he offered Barabbas the robber, to be crucified in place of Jesus, but the crowd cried, "Crucify Him!"

Pilate took Him and scourged Him, fulfilling scripture of Isaiah 53:5, "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was on him; and with his stripes we are healed."

 Soldiers twisted a crown of thorns, placing it on his head.  They clothed him in a purple robe.  And, they mocked Him.  Again, Jesus was brought out before the people.

Once again, the people cried, "Crucify Him!"  Saying once again that he found no fault in Jesus, Pilate told the Jews to take Him and crucify Him, themselves.  He made a sign, printed in several languages, to be hung on the cross above Jesus' head reading, "JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS".

There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death.  We read in Luke 23:32-34, "And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”"

Prophetic scriptures were fulfilled when the soldiers divided Jesus' clothes among themselves and cast lots for His tunic.

As Jesus hung on the cross, He said, "When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!”  Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home."

We read in John 19:28-30, " After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit."

Continuing in verses 31-37, "Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe. For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, “Not one of His bones shall be broken.”And again another Scripture says, “They shall look on Him whom they pierced.”"

Jesus was taken down from the cross and buried in a tomb owned by a follower of his, Joseph of Arimathea.

While it breaks my heart how Jesus suffered, I am truly grateful.  Not only did He fulfil Old Testament prophecy in the Bible and in the Jewish Torah, but He made a way for me and for you, to be saved from an eternity in hell.

If you would like to see what Jesus' crucifixion was like, please click on this link:

John 15:13 says it all, "Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."  That's what Jesus did... for me and for you.

In Acts 16:31, we are told, "...Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved, and your house". If you are not already trusting in Jesus Christ, for your salvation, please do so, today.

Until next time...

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