With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!” Mark 15:37-39
Listen: Mark 15
For the past few weeks, we have been traveling the “Road to the Cross.” We have seen both the deity and the humanity of Christ along the way. How he was betrayed, abandoned, and shamed. We saw that despite all of these things, he remained humble. As we read these events and put ourselves as close as possible to the story, we have gone beyond plastic versions of Jesus. Hopefully, you have become acquainted or reacquainted with the real Jesus along the way.
Today is Good Friday, the day we remember the death of Christ. Two thousand years later, we know that Easter is coming. We know that death doesn’t ultimately win, but that Christ will rise from the dead.
As we anticipate celebrating the Resurrection this weekend, let us put ourselves in the shoes of those early followers of Christ. For them, today was a day of mourning. It was a day where death appeared to have the final say. A day where the very real Jesus had breathed his last breath. As you take in the sights and sounds of the crucifixion, consider the emotions of Jesus final moments. Join the early followers as you feel the disappointment and grief on Good Friday today.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Take a few moments and watch this video about Good Friday. Spend some time meditating on Jesus’ final moments. Allow the weight of today and what Christ did on your behalf to sink in. Thank God for the betrayal, abandonment and shame he endured for you.
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