Good Friday

 

 

 Good Friday 

 Reflections

Good Friday or Holy Friday For the follower of Christ is the most important day of their lives. Where Jesus Christ loves us, and willingly went to the cross and sacrifice Himself on it, and took mankind sins and His Father wrath to bridge the gap between His Father and mankind As scriptures declares,  2 Cor. 5:21

Even thou the Bible does not explicitly state on which day of the week Jesus was crucified. However, in Mark 15;42 it states And when evening had come, since it was lthe day of Preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath, 

Stuart my brother told me this story about Jesus carrying his cross-prior to his execution. He kept falling down, however, He kept getting back up because He had a mission to accomplish to be obedient His Father will and this work had to be accomplished. While this narrative is not told in the Bible, yet  that was his mission taking mankind sins and Father wrath to bridge the gap between mankind and His Father?  

Prior to His crucifixion his disciples celebrated Passover where Jesus established a new convent in which the disciples to observe  

Where Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take and eat it; this is My body.”  Then, He took a cup, and after giving thanks, He gave it to them and said, “Drink from it, all of you.  For this is My blood that establishes the covenant; it is the shed for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in remembrance of Me?

Where Jesus  fell facedown and prayed, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.” John MacArthur wrote Christ would “bear the sins of many” (Heb. 9:28)—and the fullness of divine wrath would fall on Him (Is. 53:10, 11; 2 Cor. 5:21). This was the price of the sin He bore, and He paid it in full. His cry of anguish. Reformed Bible Study wrote In, “6:39 cup. See 20:23 note. Jesus is horrified at the prospect of enduring His Father’s wrath. Jesus had to face death knowing that His Father would not be with Him, but against Him in wrath of judgment.

He was arrested, tried, convicted, and brought before Pilate even thou there was no formal charges . The Jewish method executing the  guilty party is stoning. Only the Romans had authority to execute criminals; however, they could not use blasphemy. The Roman method execution was crucifixion. 

So the chief priests and the Pharisees brought Jesus to Pilate who was the Government of Judah. Pilate said, “What charges are you bringing against this man?” They responded, “If he were not a criminal, we would not have handed him over to you.” So Pilate told them, “Take Him yourselves and judge Him according to your law.”” But, we have no right to execute anyone,” they objected. This took place to fulfill what Jesus predicted what kind of death he would die. John 3:14 As “Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up.” 

 The only thing they could mustard up was that claim that Jesus was Son Of God or the Messiah the king. Pilate called together the chief priests, the rulers, and the people, and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was inciting, the people to rebellion. I have examined him in your presence and have found no basis for your charges against him. Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us; as you can see, he has done nothing to deserve death. Therefore, I will punish him and then release him. 

Remember Pilate heard reports, and written report on Jesus, and saw that it was quite clear that He wasn’t leading a military revolution. There was simply no evidence support the Jewish leaders charges. The Chief Priests  and Pharisees, eventually admitted the real reason why they wanted Jesus dead, “We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God.”

Now, it was the governor’s custom at the festival to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd.  At that time they had a well-known prisoner whose name was Jesus Barabbas. So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked for them, “Which one do you want me to release to you: Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus  the Messiah?”  For Pilate knew it was out of self-interest that they had handed Jesus over to him. Pilate wife warns him not have anything to do with them because he would innocent. 

 But, the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to asked to release Barabbas and crucify Jesus.   Because of the hatred to Christ and their spiritual blindness they wanted Jesus died. “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” asked for the governor. “Barabbas,” they answered. “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Pilate asked. They all answered, “Crucify him!” “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate. But, they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!” When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting; he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!” All the people answered, “His blood is on us and on our  children!  

Then, he released Barabbas to them although he was  found guilty of insurrection. Pilate found no charges against Jesus. Yet, He was executed Jesus replaced the sinner.   Even thou Pilate declared Jesus innocent he condemned him, and sent to His death. Then, Pilate symbolically washed his hands in front of the crowd, telling them he was innocent of Jesus’ blood. He found Jesus not guilty to keep the peace with  The Jewish leader pronounce Jesus to be crucify .  

 Linda Alchin wrote a piece on Roman Crucifixion and wrote these words. ” Death by Roman crucifixion was a result of the whole body weight being supported by the stretched arms. When nailed to the cross there was a massive strain put on the wrists, arms, and shoulders often resulting in a dislocation of the shoulder and elbow joints. The rib cage was constrained in a fixed position, which made it extremely difficult to exhale, and impossible to take a full breath. The victim would continually try to draw himself up by his feet to allow for inflation of the lungs enduring terrible pain in his feet and legs. The pain in the feet and legs became unbearable, and the victim was forced to trade breathing for pain. The length of time required to die from crucifixion could range from hours to several days.

While hanging on the cross the crowd, the leader, and the two thieves were mocking Him. Eventually would be abandoned by His Father.

I witness someone who had emphysema cause by second hand smoke it not easy to watched them struggle for oxygen not pretty pictures. 

 I can imagine going through the pain and anguish Jesus went through. For example, every time I got extremely ill I was not the most gentle person to be around with, if anything I could be ill-mannered, harsh, and unsympathetic, not the gentle spirit to all men during those times as scripture declares. Or another example when I was in the hospital in recovering from an operation in which they removed my second toe due resulting from diabetes. A patient who was next to me names George not his real name had pneumonia, asthma, and an extremely sore back. However, he was allergic to penicillin and Tylenol 3. Every time his back would seize up it would become very painful, and he would start cursing and taking the Lord’s name in vain. When the condemned criminal had been in intense pain or  agony while hanging on the cross the condemned would start cursing Rome resulting from the lack of oxygen to the brain. The Roman soldiers would eventually cut the tongue to silence them. Sinful man tends to blame to God in times of trouble water were mankind was responsible for mess there in because of the fall Adam and Eve they themselves committing their own sins.  

  Despite his agonizing pain. Jesus still did not sin, nor He violates God ordinance. His last seven words were source  encouragement and blessing to others.

• “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” Luke 23:34. He was hanging on the cross-resulting from mankind sin not His own and paying the sin debt that mankind violated and they were the unaware full scope of theirs sins, along Jesus was the lamb of God who take away the sins of the world. (Jn 1:29.  

• ” Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”  Luke 23:43 Ensuring the thief would enter Heaven’s Gate or garden as forgiven a sinner.

• Woman, this is your son.” Then he said to the disciple: “This is your mother.” Ensuring that His earthly mother was cared for when He departed into glory 

•My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27; 46. All Of mankind sins fell upon Him. Jesus bore His Father wrath resulting from mankind sin. Cor. 5:21   

• “I thirst.” Gospel of John 19:28   The worst ordeal that of bearing in the place of His people the wrath of God against sin (Matt. 27:46; Mark 15:34), is over. He also was fulfilling prophecy in Ps 69;21.

• “It is finished”; John 19;30 The sin debt is now paid in full. The entire work of redemption had been brought to completion. Jesus died as a victor and had accomplished His Tasks

• Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Luke 23:46 His Father was satisfied and accepted His payment of the sin debt and, His Father was satisfied with payment of sin since He committed no sin. Prophecy was fulfilled Ps 34; 20, He protects all his bones, not one of them was broken. 34:20 not one of them is broken. John 19:36 applies this verse to Christ, the only perfect righteous Man.

 George Macleod wrote these words, “I simply argue that the cross should be raised at the center of the marketplace as well as on the steeple of the church. I am recovering the claim that Jesus was not crucified in a cathedral between two candles, but on a cross between two thieves; on the town’s garbage heap; at a crossroad so cosmopolitan that they had to write His title in Hebrew and Latin and Greek … at the kind of place where cynics talk smut, and thieves curse, and soldiers gamble. Because that is where He died. And that is what He died for. And that is what He died about. That is where churchmen ought to be and what churchmen ought to be about.”  As scripture declares, “Therefore, since Christ suffered in His body, arm yourself with this same attitude, because He who has suffered in his body is done with sin.”

Got question wrote  The Bible does not instruct Christians to remember Christ’s death by honoring a certain day. The Bible does give us freedom in these matters, however. Romans 14:5 tells us, “One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.” Rather than remembering Christ’s death on a certain day, once a year, the Bible instructs us to remember Christ’s death by observing the Lord’s Supper. First Corinthians 11:24-26 declares, “…do this in remembrance of me…for whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”

Expositor’s Bible Commentary wrote these words, “That Christ, treated as if he were a sinner, became the object of God’s wrath and bore the penalty and guilt of sin.”  Furthermore they wrote, “Just as “the righteousness of God ” is extrinsic to us, so the sin with which Christ totally identified himself was extrinsic to him. He never had a sinful attitude or did a sinful act.”

He came as savour not as warrior. He came as lamb not a lion. He came set us free from our sins.

For the Christians it not a sad day its day of celebrating because they no longer need carry the curse of sin instead wearing theirs sinful clothes they’re now wearing Christ clothes

 

Hiro Nakamura fictional character in Hero uttered these  words, To eulogize him is to admit he is gone. My father is not dead. Kaito “Nakamura taught me right from wrong. What it means to be a hero. So long as his lessons live through me he will never die. My father taught me to understand that  certain things are in God’s hands. But for everything else God gave us the gift of choice. My father gave me the tools to fight the battles ahead. Every hand I extend in kindness is his hand, and every blow I strike for justice is his fist. So long as the lessons he taught me stays in me and so long as he lives in my heart then my father is not truly dead.

As scripture declares, “I have been crucified with Christ and me no longer live, but Christ lives in me.The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

 

 https://www.gotquestions.org/three-days.html

https://www.gotquestions.org/Good-Friday.html 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Friday

https://www.christianity.com/god/jesus-christ/what-s-so-good-about-good-friday.html hero season two Ep 9 Hiro Nakamura  fictional character   

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Good%20Friday

https://heavy.com/news/2016/03/good-friday-what-is-when-why-called-meaning-jesus-death-crucifixion-fasting-rules-lent-2016/ 

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+22%3A19&version=NIV 

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+26%3A26-28&version=ESV 

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+26:39&version=KJV 

 

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Galatians+2&version=HCSB 

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