Good Friday Meditation #9: Jesus’ Body is Taken and Buried Before Sundown

Good Friday Meditation #9: Jesus’ Body is Taken and Buried Before Sundown

Matthew

As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus.Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him.Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.

(Matthew 27.57–61 NIV)

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Good Friday Meditation #8: Jesus Dies

Good Friday Meditation #8: Jesus Dies

Matthew

And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.

And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened.  And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised,and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!”

(Matthew 27.50–54 ESV)

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Good Friday Meditation #7: Jesus Prays Psalm 22

Good Friday Meditation #7: Jesus Prays Psalm 22

Matthew

And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”And some of the bystanders, hearing it, said, “This man is calling Elijah.”And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink.But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.”

(Matthew 27.46–49 ESV)

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Good Friday Meditation #5: “Remember me”

Good Friday Meditation #5: “Remember me”

Luke

  One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation?And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

(Luke 23.39–43 ESV)

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Good Friday Meditation #4: Not Abandoned by Everyone

Good Friday Meditation #4: Not Abandoned by Everyone

John

…but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!”Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!”

(John 19.25–27 ESV)

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Good Friday Meditation #3: “…that we may see and believe.”

Good Friday Meditation #3: “…that we may see and believe.”

Luke

And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.”

(Luke 23.35–38 ESV)

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Good Friday Meditation #2: The Cross

Good Friday Meditation #2: The Cross

Mark

And they brought him to the place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull).And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it.And they crucified him and divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take.And it was the third hour when they crucified him.And the inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.”And with him they crucified two robbers, one on his right and one on his left.

(Mark 15.22–27 ESV)

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Good Friday Meditation #1: The Way To Golgotha

Good Friday Meditation #1: The Way To Golgotha

According to the Gospels, Jesus has been arrested and tried by both the Sanhedrin and Pilate (and questioned by Herod).  He has had no sleep.  He has been scourged. He has been betrayed and abandoned by friends and followers, rejected by a crowd of people, exchanged for a murderer, and near this time, sometime before 9:00 AM in the morning, the scriptures tell us:

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Crucifixion

Crucifixion

[originally posted April 2009, some edits have been made to update links. I also removed a passage concerning the discovery an image that is no longer considered authentic.]

Since we are on the eve of Good Friday, I thought I might share some information on early depictions of Christ’s crucifixion.

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