We arrive at the hardest part of the week. Jesus’ death by crucifixion. The Roman’s extreme method of death, hoisted on to a cross.
When Jesus was brought before Pilate for the 6th and last trial. He wanted to flog Jesus and let him go. The crowd were present and were whipped up into a frenzy as people shouted Crucify Him!
Passover festival was a time when Pilate could release a prisoner, I feel that he misread the crowd, as he seemed to be saying that Jesus had done no wrong. The crowd shouting Crucify him, was somewhat louder than the elements who wanted Jesus to be freed. So instead of freedom Jesus was sentenced to be crucified, and Barabbas, a criminal was freed. Pilate washed his hands, to indicate that he had no blood on his hands, and it was the crowd who did the deed.
Jesus had to bear his cross to the place of execution, a place called Golgotha. There he was nailed to his cross with a person on each side of him. The gospel accounts tell us that story, and are worth reading again, because of the way they were written there are subtle differences in the account, that ultimately build a whole picture. In this period of lockdown, and as we see the hope of the restriction of lockdown, I am sure that some of you are doing jigsaws, and how satisfying it is to finish it. The same is true of our gospel accounts. If you miss one, it is like having an incomplete jigsaw. You need all the pieces.
After his death, Jesus was taken to the tomb, where his body was prepared. The stone was then rolled in front of the tomb. All of this done in the 3 hours after his death, and before the Sabbath started.
Why do we call it Good Friday, when it was all about death? It probably shows that with Jesus’ death it has liberated us from sin and given us the possibility of relationship with God.
IT’S FRIDAY……………BUT, SUNDAYS COMING!!!!!!
Pastor Sean Worsley, The Methodist Church Norwich Circuit