God, I have been enjoying the bible reading plan You have been walking me through. I’m sorry to be so late getting them on, but with Your help we’ll get them on little by little.
No rush. Just convalescing with You, and following Your lead in sharing with others.
YouVersion (a bible app You have blessed me with)
is doing a plan called 40 Days of Lent.
Day 45 of 47 for Lent Plan – “Holy Week: Good Friday”
Reading: Matthew 26:47-68, Matthew 27:1-61, Mark 14:43-65, Mark 15,
Luke 22:66-71, Luke 23 KJV
- What was the signal from Judas to the men armed with swords?
– A Kiss
- Where was Jesus taken after He was arrested?
– Jesus was taken to the high priest Caiaphas. The scribes and pharisees were there.
- Who was the Roman governor? Did he think Jesus committed a crime?
– Pontius Pilate was the Roman governor. No, he did not think Jesus committed a crime. Nero did Herod.
- What chant did they use when they taunted Jesus during His beating? Why did they say this?
– “Tell us who hit You, if You be king?” Because Jesus had said He was King of the Jews.
- What was the name of the hill where Jesus was crucified? What did the name mean?
– Golgotha, a place of a skull
- What time of the day did they nail Jesus to the cross?
– The third hour of the day
- Who mocked Jesus while He was on the cross?
– The people, the scribes and the pharisees
- What Jesus shout at God right before He died? Why do you think He said this?
– “Father, Why hast thou forsaken me?” After praying through the years, God always has me thinking on the fact that Jesus was in human flesh. It was that flesh that caused Him to feel what most human feel in their suffering…. being abandoned. This would allow Jesus to remember what it was like to feel abandonment even when God is right there.
Knowing God has to turn away from sin, makes us feel like He is turning away from us. Jesus was to experience that abandonment as personally as it gets. It allows Him a mercy that only He could have in a One on One with God on our behalf. We often feel God has abandoned us, but God is there. He is just so broken to see us and the sin that covers us. God is so often discounted as a God that isn’t emotional. He is not ruled by it, but His compassion for His children does not leave Him afraid of it or too proud to express any. He is a Father… who loves… pities… aches… longs… celebrates… embraces… and sends His only Son to die on a cross to save!
- Who asked to prepare Jesus’ body for the tomb?
– Joseph of Arimathaea
- What was rolled in front of the tomb’ entrance?
– A great stone
- Worship: Write down one attribute of God and worship Him for who He is.
– Misunderstood. With all that we put on You, God, and all that we rob You of, we sadly misunderstand You. Every single one of us. Whether it be in ignorance, pride, or simply because we are mere humans, we all place judgments on You, limitations, expectations, and so much more. Thank You for such patience, mercy, and long suffering. Thank You for being You!
- Prayer: Pray for your extended family members.
– Yea, Lord, Amen.
- Remembrance: Think about what this day was like for those who didn’t believe Jesus and those who did believe Him. Write your thoughts down.
– Sadly, it was a celebration to those who didn’t believe, a devastating day to those who did.
- Self-Examination: To know that Jesus’ death on the cross was to cover your sins, how does that affect you?
– I used to feel so bad (and still do at times), but there was a year that You had me help some young people with their skit. By the time I found out my role, I had already committed as You had led me to do. No wonder they had a hard time finding someone to do that role. I was to be the crowd mocking Jesus, laughing at Him on the cross. cheering for Him to die. My heart sank the minute I realized. I was praying underneath my breath, “*Gasp* Lord, how could I ever do that?” I prayed for days.
You then had me think on Satan always trying to stop Jesus and the cross. You had me seeing it as cheering “for” Him being almost free of the misery, and conquering death once and for all. While doing this part of the skit was a silhouette for the eyes watching, having no sound allowed me to be cheering for Death To Die! And when Jesus died, it was a time to cheer! It was finished! Jesus conquered death! I’m so glad He did. That was indeed a Good Friday!
A Kind Act
- Invite a friend to lunch and pay for it.
-Lord, You’ll have to work all these out during this Corona Virus.