Friday, 10 April 2020

Holy Week: Good Friday

Thank you Lord, for saving us.

After Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane He was taken to Caiaphas, the High Priest. The religious leaders had for some time been plotting to kill Jesus, They felt threatened by His teaching and His ability to draw crowds. His popularity was growing. He performed inexplicable miracles, healed the sick and preached Love and Service for our God and our fellow man. This was something very different from the accepted teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

The priests accused Jesus of blasphemy and claiming to be the long-expected Messiah and bayed for
His death.

Jesus was cruelly beaten and tortured and then bound by the Roman soldiers before being taken to appear before Pilate, the Roman governor, for trial. After questioning Jesus , Pilate realised the this was an innocent Man. Fearing for his own political career and afraid of the assembled rabble, he washed his hands of the case. He then handed Jesus back to the clamouring, fickle crowds to be crucified.

The soldiers dressed Jesus in a cloak and put a crown of thorns on His head. mocking and jeering at Him as the supposed King of the Jews. They then led Him out to be crucified. Jesus , badly injured and stumbling, accompanied by a large crowd , and carrying a heavy cross was taken to a hill outside Jerusalem called Golgotha.

There He was nailed to the cross to die.

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