Friday Contemplation

I’m taking a break from my usual Quick Takes and sharing with you some thoughts for today….Good Friday.

Mark 15:18-26

“The Soldiers led Jesus away into the palace (that is the Praetorium) and called together the whole company of soldiers. They put a purple robe on him, then wove a crown of thorns and set it on him. And they began to call out to him “Hail King of the Jews!” Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees they worshiped him. And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him. 

A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on  his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross. They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of the skull). Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. And the crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get. It was the third hour when they crucified him. The written notice of charges against him read “The King of the Jews” 


Mark 15: 33-35:

“At the sixth hour darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried “My God My God, why have you forsaken me?”  

Mark 15:37

“With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And when the centurion who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cray and saw how he died he said “surely this may was the son of God!”

After this, Jesus was placed in the tomb. Guards were placed at the tomb and it was sealed shut because the officials were concerned that Jesus’ body would be stolen. What a day that must have been….what a couple days that must have been. The last supper, until he breathed his last. Can you imagine what that must have felt like?? And then the waiting…….after he was placed in the tomb. I can’t even begin to fathom the emotions that they must have all felt. Now…..they waited. Sunday (or, the day after the Sabbath) was on it’s way.


I’ll see you all again on Sunday!



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