Good Friday, April 3, 2015

Mark 15:1-21 (ESV)

1 And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. And they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate. 2 And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” 3 And the chief priests accused him of many things. 4 And Pilate again asked him, “Have you no answer to make? See how many charges they bring against you.” 5 But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed.

6 Now at the feast he used to release for them one prisoner for whom they asked. 7 And among the rebels in prison, who had committed murder in the insurrection, there was a man called Barabbas. 8 And the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do as he usually did for them. 9 And he answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” 10 For he perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered him up. 11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release for them Barabbas instead. 12 And Pilate again said to them, “Then what shall I do with the man you call the King of the Jews?” 13 And they cried out again, “Crucify him.” 14 And Pilate said to them, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify him.” 15 So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

16 And the soldiers led him away inside the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters), and they called together the whole battalion. 17 And they clothed him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on him. 18 And they began to salute him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 19 And they were striking his head with a reed and spitting on him and kneeling down in homage to him. 20 And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. And they led him out to crucify him.

21 And they compelled a passerby, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross.

Today is Good Friday. Today is day that Jesus died on the cross. We see in this passage in Mark the final events leading to that moment. Jesus is put before Pilate who leaves the decision of Jesus’s fate to the people, in fact the same people who were worshipping and praising him with palms just days before. They have turned against him, calling for his death by crucifixion—a request Pilate grants, fearing the repercussions of going against the mob and crowd.

Jesus is then beaten and mocked relentlessly. He endured torture that not even a R-rated movie (Passion of the Christ) could fully capture and describe. And he did all of this for you, you his believer and follower. Yes you! Talk about the ultimate example and exhibit of love.

This day, Good Friday, brings about feelings of remorse and sadness, yet also thankfulness and joy. I am reminded of the price paid for me and am overwhelmed, overwhelmed by the love of God.

Overcome by God’s grace, my only response is to repent and offer up all that I have to the God who saves us. All I can do is think of the chorus of the song How He Loves and sing at the top of my lungs:

Yeah, He loves us,
Oh! how He loves us,
Oh! how He loves us,
Oh how He loves.

Lord, I am so thankful for all that you have done for me. I am overcome and overwhelmed by your love.
May my life be pleasing to You. In Christ’s name, Amen.