Holy Week, Day 5 : Good Friday
Begin with 2 minutes of silence
Scripture : Mark 14:21-40
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. 22 And they brought him to the place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull). 23 And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. 24 And they crucified him and divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take. 25 And it was the third hour[a] when they crucified him. 26 And the inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.” 27 And with him they crucified two robbers, one on his right and one on his left.[b] 29 And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, “Aha! You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, 30 save yourself, and come down from the cross!” 31 So also the chief priests with the scribes mocked him to one another, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. 32 Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may see and believe.” Those who were crucified with him also reviled him.
33 And when the sixth hour[c] had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.[d] 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 35 And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, he is calling Elijah.” 36 And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.” 37 And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. 38 And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he[e] breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son[f] of God!”
40 There were also women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome.
Devotional : Where did I go?
Jesus had family who loved him,
a village who helped raise him,
mentors who formed him.
teachers who invested in him,
crowds who followed him,
disciples who learned from him,
three close friends who were allowed to see him for who he really was.
At the end, the great tide of crowds did what tides do - go out.
The Thousands fed became twelve uncertain men.
The twelve became eleven through betrayal.
Nine of the eleven scattered in fear after the arrest.
Two followed the mob to the trial, but only one went in
the other staying at a distance denying he ever knew him.
One is left to shoulder aside the jeering crowds, to follow all the way.
Only one is left to escort the terrified mother,
the unbelieving brothers, the horrified women.
One is left when even the Father turns His face away
He never called the crowds to rise up.
He never called down angels and fire from heaven.
He never ‘came down.’
He stayed to the bitter end. “From dust you come, from dust you shall return.”
The many found at the coming
at the going.
When did I leave?
Where did I go?
Question to consider
Many love the power of the resurrection, but few understand the depths of God’s love because they stop short of following Jesus to the cross. At what point in the story did you walk away? Will you ‘stay and keep watch’ with Jesus?
Many rush to the tomb to witness the resurrection, few attend to you as you endure the punishment we all deserve. Give me courage to follow you all the way; to see the depths of your trust in the Father and the width of your love for me. Amen.