We must ALL stop to seriously consider how even after his death, Jesus, the only begotten Son of God did not have a funeral, and had to be secretly buried.
As it is written:
“And after this Joseph of Arimathæa, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.
And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.
Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.
Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid.
There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews’ preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand” (John 19:38-42).
“And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?’ which is, being interpreted, ‘My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?’ And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom. And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, ‘Truly this man was the Son of God”’ (Mark 15:33-34. 38-39).
Jesus was crucified along with two thieves. It was customary after a crucifixion to break the legs; however, “when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs; but, one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water” (John 19:33–34).
“And he that saw it bare record and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe” (John 19:35).
This record of blood and water which came out of the pierced side of Jesus is significant as spoken of by John when he asked, “Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and is truth” (1 John 5:5–6).
Every day of our lives when we drink a glass of water especially when we are thirty, let us be reminded how much our Lord Jesus sacrificed for us on that day.
On the day our Lord Jesus was crucified, it was a very hot day. As he suffered in the heat assuredly he needed a drink of water; however, “They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink” (Matthew 27:34).
Good Friday: Repentance
Every human alive today would be wise to come to repentance of sins and accept Jesus Christ as Lord, Savior and King. The prophet Isaiah foretold of the day of Jesus’ crucifixion when he said:
“I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting” (Isaiah 50:6).
On the day that our Lord, Savior and King was crucified, he endured unimaginable things at the hands of the roman soldiers who mocked, scourge and spit on him (Mark 10:24).
“And the soldiers led him away into the hall, called Prætorium; and they call together the whole band. And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head, And began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews!
And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him. And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him” (Mark 15:16-20).
We must take a moment of silence in prayer this Good Friday to acknowledge the magnitude of God’s love for humankind (John 1:1-4, 14, 3:16-18). It doesn’t matter who we are in this world, if we want to be freed from this earth on the Last Day to make it to the next world without an end in New Heavens and a New Earth (Isaiah 65:17-18) (John 3:16-18, 14:2–3) (Ephesians 3:9-12) (2 Peter 3:13) (Revelation 21:1-2), the word of God says:
“He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36).
“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth” (Isaiah 53:4-5,7).
“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus: who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time” (1 Timothy 2:5–6).
Many people are going about their daily lives, unfortunately, not taking the time to consider the magnitude of what the only begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ did for the human race. Today, we bring into remembrance Good Friday. During today we must take a moment in silence pray to God in truth and spirit to give him thanks for given us his only begotten Son, in order that we may inherit the promise of eternal life (John 12:32).
No amount of money on this earth can purchase salvation. “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Peter 18–19).
At the beginning of time, God give light of life to the first man and woman, Adam and Eve. However, Adam and Eve did not believe the word of God: the truth; they believed instead a lie, and as a consequence all humans were condemned to death.
God gave life, but then came death. However, God then sent his only begotten Son Jesus, at the right time, in the fullness of time, to bring and to spread the word of life.
While he was here on earth, King Jesus told his disciples of this fact when he said, “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father” (John 10:17–18).
Jesus was very troubled during the final hours of his mission to complete as commanded by his Father (John 3:16-18, 6:38).
Jesus said: “Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour” (John 12:27).
Jesus knew that the time had come to fulfil his purpose, but as a human being would have, he had difficulties facing this reality. However, he knew that it had to be done, as the entire survival of humankind rested on the successful completion of the mission which his Father sent him to accomplish.
In spite of the fact that Jesus knew the time had come, on the night before, he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and was very heavy and sorrowful in his heart (Matthew 26:37). Jesus said to them, “My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me” (Matthew 26:38), and he went to pray three times to his Father.
Jesus knew the time had come to fulfil the word of God, the will of his Father who sent him to be the propitiation for the sins of the world (1 John 4:10).
Jesus was about to be crucified and die for all humankind.
Two thousand or so years ago, a person name Jesus was commanded by his Father to give his life for the human race (John 3:16-18, 6:38). This is very, very, very serious because who do we know would willing give their life for anyone?
“For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:7-8).
God specifically sent his only begotten Son “forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the Devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” (Hebrews 2:14–15).
“For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:21–22).
Jesus came to this earth thousands of years ago to reveal to the world knowledge of the commandment given to him by his Father, which was hidden from the foundation of the world. God declared to Satan when he lied to Adam and Eve, “It shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel” (Genesis 3:15).
During his time here on earth, Jesus described to his disciples how he must go to Jerusalem to suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests, and scribes, to be killed and to be raised on the third day (Matthew 16:21). However, Peter didn’t understand and tried to stop him.
“But he turned, and said unto Peter, ‘Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offense unto me: for thou savorest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men’” (Matthew 16:23).
Notwithstanding the attempts of Satan, Jesus accomplished what he came here to earth to do, and he declared then, “Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out” (John 12:31).
Jesus, the only begotten Son of God, came here to this earth for a specific purpose, which is perhaps the most significant of all time. Therefore, the time of our life should not be lived in vain (John 3:16-18).