Holy Week – Day 7
Today – Friday – is the day that changed the world. It is the day that our Lord and Savior laid down His life as a ransom for many. It is called ‘Good Friday’, and there is debate as to why it is called ‘Good’. Some sources say it comes from the sense that the words ‘pious’ and ‘holy’ are also seen as ‘good’, while others contend that it is a corruption of ‘God Friday’. Others will say that is simply because of the ‘good’ that came out of the horror of the crucifixion. As horrific as this day was in the life of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we who have been called to life by God’s grace rest in the truth that “For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)
Here are the events of the day – hour by hour:
– Jesus stands trial before Pilate (Matthew 27:11-14; Mark 15:2-5; Luke 23:1-5; John 18:28-37)
– Jesus Sent to Herod (Luke 23:6-12)
– Jesus returned to Pilate (Luke 23:11)
– Jesus is sentenced to death (Matthew 27:26; Mark 15:15; Luke 23:23-24; John 19:16)
– Jesus is led away to Calvary (Matthew 27:32-34; Mark 15:21-24; Luke 23:26-31; John 19:16-17)
9AM (“The Third Hour”)
– Jesus is crucified on the cross
- Mark 15: 25 – “It was the third hour when they crucified Him.” The third hour in Jewish time would have been 9 a.m.
- Luke 23:34 – Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
– The soldiers cast lots for Jesus’ clothing (Mark 5:24)
– Jesus is insulted and mocked
- Matthew 27:39-40 – And the people passing by shouted abuse, shaking their heads in mockery. “So! You can destroy the Temple and build it again in three days, can you? Well then, if you are the Son of God, save yourself and come down from the cross!”
- Mark 15:31 – The leading priests and teachers of religious law also mocked Jesus. “He saved others,” they scoffed, “but he can’t save himself!”
- Luke 23:36-37 – The soldiers mocked him, too, by offering him a drink of sour wine. They called out to him, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!”
- Luke 23:39 – One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!”
– Jesus and the criminal
- Luke 23:40-43 – But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”
– Jesus speaks to Mary and John
- John 19:26-27 – When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, He said to her, “Woman, he is your son.” And he said to this disciple, “She is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home.
NOON (“The Sixth Hour”)
– Darkness covers the land
- Mark 15:33 – At the sixth hour darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour.
1PM THROUGH 3PM (“The Ninth Hour”)
– Jesus cries out to the Father
- Matthew 27:46 – And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God,My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
– Jesus is thirsty
- John 19:28-29 – Jesus knew that everything was now finished, and to fulfill the Scriptures he said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips.
– It is finished
- John 19:30a – When Jesus had tasted it, He said, “It is finished!”
- Luke 23:46 – Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.
– The Earthquake
- Matthew 27:51-52 – At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.
– The Centurion
- “Surely he was the Son of God!” (Matthew 27:54; Mark 15:38; Luke 23:47)
– The Soldiers Break the Thieves’ Legs
– The Soldier Pierces Jesus Side (John 19:34)
– Jesus is Laid in the tomb (Matthew 27:57-61; Mark 15:42-47; Luke 23:50-56; John 19:38-42)
– The disciples scatter and hide in fear, confusion, and grief.
Tomorrow – Saturday, is referred to many as “Holy Saturday” and it is a day of grief since everyone at that time thought that their Messiah was dead and the ‘dream’ of setting the captives free was lost. We at Grace Christian Fellowship open the church from 7:00AM until 7:00PM for prayer. Hundreds of prayer requests will be laid out to pray for. We will gladly pray for your request. Just click here to let us know. All are welcome.