Good Friday

Today followers of Christ around the globe celebrate Good Friday. This is a much different Good Friday than any in recent times. Today, especially around our country, Christians are practicing social distancing. While many are finding it increasingly hard to continue social distancing, I believe that this can give us much needed time to truly focus on what Christ did for us. For today is the day we remember Christ’s ultimate sacrifice for us. After sharing a last meal with His disciples and praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus was betrayed by Judas Iscariot and arrested late Thursday evening. He was then tried at an illegal trial by the Pharisees. False witnesses came against Jesus. Lies were told about Him. Yet through it all He chose not to open His mouth. He was abandoned by His friends. Some kept watch at a distance. Peter denied knowing Jesus three times. Jesus was alone. There was no companion with Him. Pilate found nothing wrong with Him yet Jesus was sentenced to death to appease the crowd. He was beaten within an inch of His life with a torture device. He was mocked by Romans and was given a crown of thorns to wear. Alone, He carried a cross meant to murders, thieves, and felons from Jerusalem to a hill called Golgotha. There he was nailed to the cross He carried left to die. For around three hours, He hung on the cross gasping for air. He endured more mocking from both Jews and Romans. He breathed His last breath alone and died.

If anyone understands the loneliness we might feel in this time of social distancing, it is Jesus. He chose to give His life for us. He chose to exemplify His love for us by enduring the most gruesome death in history for all humanity. I encourage you to remember the extent of suffering that Jesus went through on a Friday like today around 2000 years ago. 

And remember this—Sunday is coming!

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