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The Last Week – Friday

by on April 17, 2014

Friday – the fateful day – began in the very early hours of the morning. Jesus prayed to His Father asking that, if possible, the bitter cup could be removed from Him. Jesus was very deeply distressed and troubled. Three times He asked His disciples to pray for Him. Three times they fell asleep. The spirit was willing but the flesh was weak.

Sometime during the very early morning Judas arrived with soldiers. Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss. Peter cut off the ear of the servant of the High priest. Jesus healed the man and warned that those who take the sword will die by the sword.

Jesus was arrested and subjected to six trials: three Jewish trials and three Roman trials. False accusations were brought against Him. False witnesses disagreed on their testimony, but the trials proceeded. Jesus was bound, blind-folded, slapped, beaten, spit upon – He was charged with treason, refusing to pay taxes, making Himself a king, and blasphemy.

To most accusations, Jesus said nothing. He had spoken out powerfully against the religious system. He had spoken in defense of persons who were neglected. But, when the accusations were against Him personally, He was silent. Apostle Paul says that Jesus Christ witnessed a good confession before Pontius Pilate. Most of it was silent.

Twice He stood before Pilate, the puppet procurator hired to keep the peace for Rome. Four times Pilate declared Him to be innocent and wanted to release Him. In spite of this, Pilate succumbed to the will of the people and delivered Jesus up for crucifixion. Before crucifixion, Pilate had Jesus scourged – a terrible whipping capable of causing death. Jesus was unrecognizable – His back torn open to the ribs.

Jesus was mocked. A royal robe placed on Him and a crown of thorns was placed on His head. The Creator was crowned with the curse of creature disobedience.
Those who lauded Him on Sunday now called for His death. The persuasive religious leaders persuaded the common folk to call for Jesus death.

The trials of Jesus were illegal – His death was illegal but it made no matter-
Life may do that to you – if so, God has His reasons.
He did then and He does now.

Barabbas was set free. We are all Barabbas – and Barabbas is us.
We are guilty men made innocent because an innocent man was made guilty.

Jesus suffered:
Physically – slow, painful, bodily death on the cross
Emotionally – rejected by His people, disciples fled and left Him alone
Spiritually – forsaken by God, carrying the sins of the whole world

Even nature grew silent when Jesus suffered and died.
Perhaps even angels hovered over Heaven, wondering when the order would come to rescue their Lord. But, it did not come. Jesus could have called them by asking His Father. They could keep Him in all His ways. He who was their King would die while they watched in awe as salvation was wrought. These are things the angels desire to understand.

Excruciating – from the cross –Jesus carried His cross as far as He could.
Simon was then pressed into the service of the condemned King.
• Jesus was crucified. Between two thieves, Jesus was crucified.
• For you and for me, Jesus was crucified
• The cost of my sin – Jesus crucified.
• All the evil of the world was hung on him as He hung on the cross.
• Satan hurled all his demonic forces and wickedness against Jesus.
• Jesus absorbed all the evil.
• He carried all the evil.
• He defeated all the evil.
• Evil exhausted itself against Jesus and evil was worn out.
• Jesus tasted death for every man and
• Through death he destroyed him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.
Jesus conquered death, hell, and the grave.
Jesus, the mighty Conqueror conquered death by dying.
Jesus gave up His life. No one took life from Him. He was/is the Giver of life.
Jesus laid down His life and then would take it up again.

Before He laid down His life He said,
“Father forgive them, they do not know what they are doing.”
“My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me?”
“It is finished”

Jesus refused the mixture of sour wine that would have deadened some of His pain
He endured the cross, despising the shame – For the joy that was set before Him!

He who was the way, the Truth, and the life – died.
But, Truth killed will rise again. And so He will – as He said.

From → Bible, Church History

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