Good and Holy Friday
Today is Good Friday, the day we remember the crucifixion of Jesus the Messiah. The term Good was not used to refer to the redemption we received through the cross and resurrection (even though that is amazing!). Long ago, good actually meant holy – like when we say the Good Book. I like knowing that. It makes the meaning of the day somehow more powerful. Today is a good day; a holy day. A day worthy of us taking some time to reflect upon the cross of Jesus and the events that led up to it.
According to the gospels, Jesus:
Was brought to Pilate Sent to Herod Returned to Pilate Was mocked and beaten Saw Barabbas released Was crowned with thorns Was condemned to death Carried the cross Spoke to the weeping women Was crucified between two thieves Forgave those who crucified Him Entrusted Mary to the beloved disciple Told the thief he would join Him in paradise Uttered the seven last words Cried out and died
There was darkness over the land There was an earthquake The veil of the temple was torn in two Many saints of the Old Testament period were raised A soldier pierced Christ's side and blood and water flowed out Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus went to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body He was buried in Joseph's own tomb A guard was set over the tomb All Jesus' friends and family grieved at his death
Matthew 27:1-66 Mark 15:1-47 Luke 23:1-56 John 18:28-19:42