Scripture Reading: Matthew 26:47-27-26
The arrest, trial, crucifixion, death, and burial of Jesus Christ all took place on Good Friday. Jesus was taken into Roman courts, before Pontius Pilate and Herod Antipas, who sent him back to the Jewish court. Roman soldiers took him to Golgotha, the place of the skull, where he was crucified (Matthew 26:47-Matthew 27:26).
The seven last words of Jesus on the cross are usually preached during Good Friday Services to commemorate Jesus’ death at 3:00 p.m. We call this day “good” because of what God was able to do for us through the life and death of Jesus. He gave us new life with Him forever.
One traditional use of Scripture is to base the homily or devotional on the Seven Last Words of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Look at the list of the Seven Last Words of Jesus.
“Father, forgive them . . .” (Luke 23:34)
“This day you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43)
“Woman, behold your son . . .” (John 19:26-27)
“My God, my God why has thy forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46, Mark 15:34)
“I thirst.” (John 19:28)
“It is finished!”(John 19:30)
“Father into your hands . . . “(Luke 23:46)
On Friday, Jesus voluntarily submitted to be nailed to a cross. "No one takes my life, I lay it down myself” (John 10:18).
The Bible says that at noon, the skies got dark. There was an earthquake. The temple veil was torn from top to bottom to show that man had absolutely "nothing" to do with it. People suddenly realized that when Jesus cried out, "It is finished," and then died, He was no ordinary man.
What happened on the cross was a divine exchange. Jesus was made sin so we could be made righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Jesus was taken down from the cross, prepared for burial, and placed in a borrowed tomb owned by Joseph of Arimathaea (Luke 23:50-53).
Reflect on what happened on the cross on Good Friday.
Read Lenten lesson for Day 46.