After hours upon hours of being beaten, whipped, flogged, mocked, spit on...He sets His Face like flint...and walks to the cross.
“At noon the whole country was covered with darkness, which lasted for three hours.”Matthew 27:45
"Of course the sky is dark; people are killing the Light of the World . . .
The sky weeps. And a lamb bleats. Remember the time of the scream? “At about three o’clock Jesus cried out.” Three o’clock in the afternoon, the hour of the temple sacrifice. Less than a mile to the east, a finely clothed priest leads a lamb to the slaughter, unaware that his work is futile. Heaven is not looking at the lamb of man but at “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” John 1:29 ~Max Lucado
At 3 pm, Jesus, The Very Son Of God Himself dies.
Before the sun sets, as according to Jewish tradition, Jesus is taken down and placed in a very heavily secured and sealed tomb.
“The Good Shepherd puts the sheep before himself.” John 10:11
"God is on a cross. The creator of the universe is being executed.
Spit and blood are caked to his cheeks, and his lips are cracked and swollen.
Thorns rip his scalp. His lungs scream with pain. His legs knot with cramps . . .
And there is no one to save him, for he is sacrificing himself.
It is no normal six hours . . . it is no normal Friday." ~Max Lucado
God, I am so sorry. I love you.
In His Dust,DCC
Last year's post on this day: http://alamoheightsunitedmethodistchurch.blogspot.com/2009/04/good-friday.html