Good Friday

As we continue to remember, think about, the events leading up to Easter we come to Good Friday. Good Friday, the Friday before Easter, is the day we commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Why Good?

Good because it is a part of the fulfillment of God’s plan for redemption. It is the day that Jesus died on the cross, but not only did He die, He took on our sins and bore the penalty for our actions. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:10

Following are some of the events from Good Friday starting from what happened after Jesus was arrested in the Garden.

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Peter’s Denial – Luke 22:54-62

Then they seized Him (Jesus) and led Him away, bringing Him into the high priest’s house, and Peter was following at a distance. And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them. Then a servant girl, seeing him as he sat in the light and looking closely at him, said, “This man also was with Him.” But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know Him.”

And a little later someone else saw Him and said, “You also are one of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not.”

And after an interval of about an hour still another insisted, saying, “Certainly this man also was with Him, for he too is a Galilean.” But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how He had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny Me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.

Jesus goes before Pilate – Luke 23:1-25

Pilate questions Jesus and finds no guilt

Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no guilt in this man.” vs 4

But the crowds didn’t care…

But they all cried out together, “Away with this man, and release to us Barabbas” a man who had been thrown into prison for an insurrections started in the city and for murder. vs 18-19

Pilate addressed them once more, desiring to release Jesus, but they kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify Him!” vs 20-21

A third time he said to them, “Why? What evil has He done? I have found in Him no guilt deserving death. I will therefore punish and release Him.” vs 22

But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that He should be crucified. And their voices prevailed. vs 23

So Pilate decided that their demand should be granted. He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, for whom they asked, but he delivered Jesus over to their will. vs 24-25

Jesus Mocked – Matthew 27:27-31

Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the praetorium, and they gathered the whole battalion before Him. And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe upon Him, and plaiting a crown of thorns they put it on His head, and put a reed in His right hand. And kneeling before Him they mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they spat upon Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head.

And when they had mocked Him, they stripped Him of the robe, and put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him.

Jesus Crucified – Mark 15:22-26

And they brought Him to the place called Gol’gotha (which means the place of a skull). And they offered Him wine mingled with myrrh; but He did not take it. And they crucified Him, and divided His garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take.

It was the third hour, when they crucified Him. The inscription of the charge against Him read, “The King of the Jews.”

Two Robbers Crucified with Jesus – Luke 23:39-43

One of the criminals who were hanged railed at Him, saying, “Are You not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation?  And we indeed justly; for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.”

And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into Your kingdom.” And He (Jesus) said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”

Darkness covered the land – Matthew 27:45

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour.

As His Mother Watched – John 19:26-27

When Jesus saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing near, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.

Jesus Breathed His Last – Luke 23:37-39

And Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed His last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood facing Him, saw that He thus breathed His last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”

Blood and Water – a sure sign of death – John 19:34

But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water.

Jesus placed in the tomb – John 19:38-42

After this Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him leave. So he came and took away His body.

Nicodemus also, who had at first come to Him by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds’ weight.

They took the body of Jesus, and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews.

Now in the place where He was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb where no one had ever been laid. So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, as the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.

The Tomb was Secured – Matthew 27:65-66

Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers; go, make it as secure as you can.” So they went and made the sepulchre secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard.

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