040215 – Good Friday

The Passion of the Christ – Crucifixion & Resurrection

35 When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots.36 And sitting down, they kept watch over him there. 37 Above his head they placed the written charge against him: this is jesus, the king of the jews.

Matthew 27:35-37 New International Version (NIV)

At the time of this writing, it is The Day Of Preparation, Friday – Friday afternoon. The shadows from the trees are lengthening. Sunset and the beginning of The Sabbath will soon be arriving.

The Events Of Good Friday

Luke 22:54-23:55 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Scripture Text.


Jesus’ Arrest

54 Having arrested Him, they led Him away and brought Him to the house of the high priest; but Peter was following at a distance. 55 After they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter was sitting among them. 56 And a servant-girl, seeing him as he sat in the firelight and looking intently at him, said, “This man was with Him too.” 57 But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know Him.” 58 A little later, another saw him and said, “You are one of them too!” But Peter said, “Man, I am not!” 59 After about an hour had passed, another man began to insist, saying, “Certainly this man also was with Him, for he is a Galilean too.” 60 But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” Immediately, while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed. 61 The Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had told him, “Before a rooster crows today, you will deny Me three times.” 62 And he went out and wept bitterly.
63 Now the men who were holding Jesus in custody were mocking Him and beating Him, 64 and they blindfolded Him and were asking Him, saying, “Prophesy, who is the one who hit You?” 65 And they were saying many other things against Him, blaspheming.

Jesus before the Sanhedrin

66 When it was day, the Council of elders of the people assembled, both chief priests and scribes, and they led Him away to their council chamber, saying,67 “If You are the Christ, tell us.” But He said to them, “If I tell you, you will not believe; 68 and if I ask a question, you will not answer. 69 But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” 70 And they all said, “Are You the Son of God, then?” And He said to them, “Yes, I am.” 71 Then they said, “What further need do we have of testimony? For we have heard it ourselves from His own mouth.”

Jesus before Pilate

1 Then the whole body of them got up and brought Him before Pilate. 2 And they began to accuse Him, saying, “We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding to pay taxes to Caesar, and saying that He Himself is Christ, a King.” 3 So Pilate asked Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?” And He answered him and said, “It is as you say.” 4 Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no guilt in this man.” 5 But they kept on insisting, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching all over Judea, starting from Galilee even as far as this place.”
6 When Pilate heard it, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. 7 And when he learned that He belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent Him to Herod, who himself also was in Jerusalem at that time.
Jesus before Herod
8 Now Herod was very glad when he saw Jesus; for he had wanted to see Him for a long time, because he had been hearing about Him and was hoping to see some sign performed by Him. 9 And he questioned Him at some length; but He answered him nothing. 10 And the chief priests and the scribes were standing there, accusing Him vehemently. 11 And Herod with his soldiers, after treating Him with contempt and mocking Him, dressed Him in a gorgeous robe and sent Him back to Pilate. 12 Now Herod and Pilate became friends with one another that very day; for before they had been enemies with each other.

Pilate Seeks Jesus’ Release

13 Pilate summoned the chief priests and the rulers and the people, 14 and said to them, “You brought this man to me as one who incites the people to rebellion, and behold, having examined Him before you, I have found no guilt in this man regarding the charges which you make against Him. 15 No, nor has Herod, for he sent Him back to us; and behold, nothing deserving death has been done by Him. 16 Therefore I will punish Him and release Him.” 17 [Now he was obliged to release to them at the feast one prisoner.]
18 But they cried out all together, saying, “Away with this man, and release for us Barabbas!” 19 (He was one who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection made in the city, and for murder.) 20 Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, addressed them again, 21 but they kept on calling out, saying, “Crucify, crucify Him!” 22 And he said to them the third time, “Why, what evil has this man done? I have found in Him no guilt demanding death; therefore I will punish Him and release Him.” 23 But they were insistent, with loud voices asking that He be crucified. And their voices began to prevail. 24 And Pilate pronounced sentence that their demand be granted. 25 And he released the man they were asking for who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, but he delivered Jesus to their will.

Simon Bears the Cross

26 When they led Him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, coming in from the country, and placed on him the cross to carry behind Jesus.
27 And following Him was a large crowd of the people, and of women who were mourning and lamenting Him. 28 But Jesus turning to them said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, stop weeping for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.29 For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.’ 30 Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’31 For if they do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”
32 Two others also, who were criminals, were being led away to be put to death with Him.
The Crucifixion
33 When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left. 34 But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves. 35 And the people stood by, looking on. And even the rulers were sneering at Him, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if this is the Christ of God, His Chosen One.”36 The soldiers also mocked Him, coming up to Him, offering Him sour wine,37 and saying, “If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself!” 38 Now there was also an inscription above Him, “THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.”
39 One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him, saying, “Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!” 40 But the other answered, and rebuking him said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!” 43 And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”
44 It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour, 45 because the sun was obscured; and the veil of the temple was torn in two. 46 And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.” Having said this, He breathed His last. 47 Now when the centurion saw what had happened, he began praising God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent.” 48 And all the crowds who came together for this spectacle, when they observed what had happened, began to return,beating their breasts. 49 And all His acquaintances and the women who accompanied Him from Galilee were standing at a distance, seeing these things.

Jesus Is Buried

50 And a man named Joseph, who was a member of the Council, a good and righteous man 51 (he had not consented to their plan and action), a man from Arimathea, a city of the Jews, who was waiting for the kingdom of God; 52 this man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 53 And he took it down and wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid Him in a tomb cut into the rock, where no one had ever lain. 54 It was the preparation day, and the Sabbath was about to begin. 55 Now the women who had come with Him out of Galilee followed, and saw the tomb and how His body was laid.


Luke 22:55 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

55 After they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter was sitting among them.

Note: Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible (It was night time)

And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall,…. It being cold in the night time, though it was at the passover, and the beginning of harvest, the servants and officers of the high priest made a fire in the middle of the hall, whilst Jesus was examining before the Sanhedrim, at the other end of it:

Luke 22:66 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Jesus before the Sanhedrin

66 When it was day, the Council of elders of the people assembled, both chief priests and scribes, and they led Him away to their council chamber …

22:66. Note. Ryrie Study Bible. when it was day. This verdict was made official as soon as it was day.

23:44 Note. Reformation Study Bible. about the sixth hour. About noon.
darkness. This was a supernatural darkness.

23:54 Note. Reformation Study Bible. Preparation. Friday, the day on which people prepared for the Sabbath (John 19:14 note).

John 19:14 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

“Now it was the day of preparation for the Passover; it was about the sixth hour. And he *said to the Jews, “Behold, your King!”

Note: 19:14. Ryrie Study Bible: preparation for the Passover. Friday of Passover week. In verse 31, preparation refers to Friday as the day of preparation for the Sabbath (see note on Luke 23:54).

Luke 23:54 Ryrie Study Bible. “It was the preparation day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.”

Note: 23:54. Ryrie Study Bible. It was the preparation day. Friday, the day Jesus died, was the time of the preparation for the Sabbath, which began Friday at sunset.

23:55, 56 Note. Reformation Study Bible. There was not time on Friday to do all that Jesus’ followers would have liked for His burial. The women took note of where the body was laid, evidently to know where to come when the Sabbath was over to complete the burial. Joseph and Nicodemus placed a considerable quantity of myrrh and aloes with the body as they laid it in the tomb (John 19:38, 39), but the women wanted to make their own contribution.

John 19:31-32 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Care of the Body of Jesus

31 Then the Jews, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. 32 So the soldiers came, and broke the legs of the first man and of the other who was crucified with Him;

Note. Ryrie Study Bible. 19:31. that Sabbath was a high day. i.e., the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread fell that year on a Sabbath, making it a “high” or “special” festival (Ex 12:16, Lev 23:7). They were anxious that the body not remain on the cross (Deut 21:22-23). their legs might be broken. This was done to hasten death, since the victim could no longer raise himself up on the nail through his feet in order to allow himself to breathe and thus to delay ultimate asphyxiation. The skeleton of a crucified body found in 1968 showed that the legs had been broken.

Feasts Of Passover And Unleavened Bread

Exodus 12:15-20 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

15 Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, but on the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses; for whoever eats anything leavened from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel. 16 On the first day you shall have a holy assembly, and another holy assembly on the seventh day; no work at all shall be done on them, except what must be eaten by every person, that alone may be prepared by you. 17 You shall also observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this very day I brought your hosts out of the land of Egypt; therefore you shall observe this day throughout your generations as a permanent ordinance. 18 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the twenty-first day of the month at evening. 19 Seven days there shall be no leaven found in your houses; for whoever eats what is leavened, that person shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is an alien or a native of the land.20 You shall not eat anything leavened; in all your dwellings you shall eat unleavened bread.’”

Note: Ryrie Study Bible. The Feast Of Unleavened Bread began on the evening of Passover (vv 6, 18) and lasted for seven days.

Leviticus 23:4-8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

4 ‘These are the appointed times of the Lord, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at the times appointed for them. 5 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight is the Lord’s Passover. 6 Then on the fifteenth day of the same month there is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the Lord; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. 7 On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall not do any laborious work. 8 But for seven days you shall present an offering by fire to the Lord. On the seventh day is a holy convocation; you shall not do any laborious work.’”

Note: Ryrie Study Bible:

Feasts Of Passover And Unleavened Bread: Celebrating God’s deliverance of Israel from slavery in Egypt.
Feast Of Unleavened Bread. Dedicating to God the first portion of the earliest crop (barley).

Note: Mac Arthur Study Bible:

Passover (Ex 12:1-14; Matt 26:17-20) fulfilled in the death of Christ (1 Cor 5:7).
Unleavened Bread (Ex 12:15-20) fulfilled in the sinlessness of Christ (1 Cor 5:8).

Consider The Christ – “Behold The Man!”

John 19:5-6 New King James Version (NKJV)

Pilate’s Decision

5 Then Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said to them, “Behold the Man!”

6 Therefore, when the chief priests and officers saw Him, they cried out, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!”

Pilate said to them, “You take Him and crucify Him, for I find no fault in Him.”

Lead me to the Cross — The Passion of the Christ

All for Love – HILLSONG- Passion of the Christ


5 thoughts on “040215 – Good Friday

    1. No. I haven’t noticed that. i have been in Honduras, but only for a few weeks. And, it was a time that I spent the total time on an island about 100 miles out at sea. And, I spent 15 months in the Philippines, which is not Latin American, but it has much of the same flavor. So, I will have to say that you will have to “clue me in” on that subject. By the way, it’s good to hear from you again. I think of you often, and wish the best for you. I also tell a number of other people about you. It’s nice having friends who live around the world.


      1. Thanks, and I’m touched that you’ve been in Honduras. I’ve spent a little time there ‘in transit’ and often asked locals if the stories about crime were true. They always replied with very scary stories.

        Here’s Saturday’s post, and the comments reflect that I’m not the only one who is affected by this tradition. It assaults not only the senses but also the soul. When we witness other cultures’ customs, it’s hard to be ‘neutral’ and disconnect from one’s upbringing… Well, enough there; here’s the story.


        Am about to work on a polar-opposite story about a story-book wedding.

        Welcome back, btw.

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      2. It’s amazing! I was on your blog making a comment on this post. May I say, “a kindred mind” that we have. btw, I’m trying to figure our your purpose for being a globe trotter. Please clue me in.


    2. Your last comment has been trashed, per your request. But, I have saved the conversation in my computer for future reference. I really wish that we could talk via email so that I could ask questions that should remain outside of blog talk. I have sent my email address to you some time ago, so please feel free to contact me. I am very interested in the things that relate to your ministry. I would like for our congregation to be able to pray for specifics of the things that take place in your life. I would also like for you to not show this conversation on your blog. Please have a very blessed day. (I don’t show my name on blog conversations, which is due to the seriousness of some of the things that I write.)


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