Holy Week – Good Friday – Mark 14:53-15:41
Read Mark 14:53 - 15:41 (Set aside uninterrupted time for this long reading)
Today, Good Friday, will be a relatively short blog for two reasons.
First, there is little more I can add to the scripture. Mark, along with the other Gospel writers, sufficiently recount the trial, persecution and execution of Jesus.
Second, I honestly do not like to reflect on the sadness and pain of that day. And yet, I know that I must. The eternal significance is too great to ignore or avoid.
Calling this day “Good” Friday is ironic and difficult, also appropriate. It is nearly beyond comprehension how the pain of one could lead to Good for so many.
God broke into human history for the purpose of becoming the sacrifice for the sins of the world. Jesus came to pay the price that humanity was unwilling, unable, to pay. On this day, the price was paid. As we hear in Jesus’ own words in John 19:30, “It is finished (completed)”
Without Good Friday, Easter never comes.
Read the accounts of this day in all four Gospels. Read them as many times as you can bear. Allow God’s Word to convict you of both the tragedy and great Goodness of this day.
( Matthew 26:57-27:50 / Mark 14:53-15:39 / Luke 22:54-23:46 / John 18:28-19:30 )
PRAYER FOCUS: Grace, Atonement, Sacrifice, Repentance.
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