Day Six: Trial, Crucifixion, Death
Matthew 27:1-62, Mark 15:1-47, Luke 22:63-23:56, John 18:28-19:37
Good Friday is the most horrific day of the Passion Week of Christ. It is the final hours of Christ’s life. We find Christ in the early morning hours praying on the Mount of Olives. His disciples are with Him but are easily led to sleep. The anguish and agony of Jesus’ heart and soul are displayed as He begins sweating blood. Yet, being in agony He prayed more earnestly (Luke 22:44). He did not give up. He did not stop. He did not give in to the agony of His heart. He knew what was coming. He understood the brutality and hatred that was to be unleashed on Him. Yet, He prayed more earnestly!
Around 9 a.m. Jesus endured false accusations, condemnation, judgment, mockery, beatings, loneliness, and abandonment. His own disciple betrayed Him and then killed himself. His followers were demanding His execution. His disciples were betraying him and in hiding. He was sentenced to death while a known criminal was released. His punishment would be one of the worst capital punishments known at the time.
Soldiers spit on Him and mocked Him. They thrust a crown made of long thorns into His head. They made Jesus carry His own cross to Golgotha where He would be insulted, mocked, and nailed to this cross. The cross was then lifted into the air and dropped into a hole, causing the nailed arms and feet to tear and bring even more excruciating pain to Jesus. His back that was raw and torn from beatings with a leather whip formed with glass and rocks in it was now writhing against bare wood, nails in His hands and feet, a crown of thorns on His head, and hanging naked on display for the world to see.
Jesus spoke seven final statements from the cross.
- Jesus said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then he said the disciple, “Behold, your mother! (John 19:26-27, ESV
- Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani? That is, My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Matthew 27:46, ESV)
- Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing. (Luke 23:34, NIV)
- Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise. (Luke 23:43, ESV)
- I thirst. (John 19:28, ESV)
- Father, into your hands I commit my spirit! (Luke 23:46, ESV)
- It is finished (John 19:30, ESV)
At about 3 p.m. Jesus breathed His last on the cross. By 6 p.m. Friday evening, Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea took Jesus’ body down from the cross and placed it in a garden tomb.