I Interrupt My Regularly Scheduled Friday Post
Instead of my normal Friday “To My Future Husband” post, today, as it is Good Friday, I will instead be writing about that.
I know, I know, it’s a cliché topic to write about on Good Friday but that’s just it, it shouldn’t be. Yes, year after year Good Friday comes and goes and honestly most people don’t pay that much attention, it’s a story most of us have heard forever. Literally, it’s a story I’ve heard since I was born and don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a bad thing, it’s the most important story ever told but due to the amount of times we’ve all heard it, I think it’s losing it’s meaning to most people. How often do we stop to think about what it truly means? At least for me, not that often. This Holy Week however, I’ve been trying to view it differently, to really reflect on what this day means.
Good Friday of course is the remembrance of the day Jesus was hung on a cross and brutally murdered. He did this for us, He didn’t have to but because of His love for every single one of us, and His wish that none would die and be sent to eternal life in Hell. Why don’t we think about this more often? I mean, this is ridiculously awesome and the most loving act that has ever occurred in the history of the world! He died for us, He was tortured for us, just to save us for sin, which we don’t deserve at all. That kind of love is outstanding and what I strive to live for in life, I want to live my life with that kind of love for people. Obviously I’m not nearly that loving because I’m not perfect and I’m only human but this is what I strive for. To love people enough to lay down my life for them.
This sounds like a sad story of course, and it is, it is the saddest story ever, that my Savior, my Jesus, my everything was killed and tortured for me, but that’s not the end, because 3 days later, He was raised from the dead. But more on that later. For now, think about how awesome this love is and truly reflect on what this means for us.
John 15:13 ~ No one shows greater love than when he lays down his life for his friends.
Mark 15 ~
The Crucifixion of Jesus
A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross. They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get.
It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. The written notice of the charge against him read: the king of the Jews.
They crucified two rebels with him, one on his right and one on his left.Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, come down from the cross and save yourself!” In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him.
The Death of Jesus
At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).
When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.”
Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said.
With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.
The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died,t he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!” Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph, and Salome. In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there.
The Burial of Jesus
It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached, Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died. When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph. So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where he was laid.