GOOD FRIDAY

Good Friday is a Christian holiday remembering the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. Read along with me.

Luke 23:33-56

When they came to the place which is called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and one on the left.

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they divided His clothes by casting lots.

The people stood by watching. But the rulers with them scoffed, saying, “He saved others. Let Him save Himself if He is the Christ, the Chosen One of God.”

And the soldiers also mocked Him, coming to Him and offering Him sour wine,  saying, “If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself.”

An inscription was written over Him in letters of Greek and Latin and Hebrew: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

One of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us!”

But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, seeing you are under the same sentence?  And we indeed, justly. For we are receiving the due reward of our deeds. But this Man has done nothing amiss.”

Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”

Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”

It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over all the land until the ninth hour, 45 while the sun was darkened. And the veil of the temple was torn in the middle.

And Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.” Having said this, He gave up the spirit.

When the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God and said, “Certainly, this was a righteous Man.”

All the crowds who came together to that sight, witnessing what occurred, struck their chests and returned.

But all those who knew Him and the women accompanying Him from Galilee stood at a distance, seeing these things.

Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, who was a good and just man.

He had not consented to their counsel and deed. He was from Arimathea, a city of the Jews, and he himself was also waiting for the kingdom of God.

This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took Him down, and wrapped Him in linen, and placed Him in a hewn tomb, where no one had ever been buried.

It was the Day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was drawing near.

The women who came with Him from Galilee followed and saw the tomb and how His body was placed.

Then they returned and prepared spices and ointments. On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

My closing remarks: What will you do about Jesus? You can either confess Him as your Lord and Savior or deny Him for many reasons, but He gives us a chance to have our sins forgiven. Romans 10:9-10 says, That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord”, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”

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