There are different theories on why Good Friday is called Good Friday. I read recently that good can mean holy, so then Good Friday becomes Holy Friday. I think that it is a much more appropriate title. Good Friday is the day that Jesus Christ “died for our sins”. Good Friday commemorates the day that Jesus Christ was crucified. Died for our sins is a very simplistic way of saying that Jesus died to take our sins so that we can go to Heaven.
I have been told to write about what happened to Jesus. For this I will refer the the Gospels again. The following, unless otherwise noted, comes from the Gospel of Luke starting at Luke. Remember that Judas is a disciple and Jesus predicted that Judas would betray him. Sometime after the Last Supper, Jesus went to a mount called the Mount of Olives. The disciples came with him. Jesus prays to God and asks God permission to not go forward with what was planned. An angel appeared from Heaven and gave him strength. Jesus was praying so earnestly that his sweat were like great drops of blood.
Jesus goes back to where the disciples are and asks them to rise and chastises them for sleeping. A crowd approaches and Judas came forward to kiss Jesus. The kiss was the way that Judas was showing who Jesus was. Luke 22;48. “but Jesus says to him, ‘Judas would you betray the Son of man with a kiss?’” One of the disciples cut off an ear from the slave of one of the high priests. I need to comment that the high priests and the Pharisees have been trying to trick Jesus for a long time so that they could have him killed. Jesus says that there will be no more of that behavior, and he healed the man who was injured.
Present are the chief priests and the captains of the temple along with some elders. Jesus says in Luke 22;53 “When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.” They seized Jesus and took him to the high priests house. I didn’t realize until just a few days ago exactly who was out to get Jesus. Peter, denies seeing Christ three times. A cock crowed at the third denial. This is important because it is what Jesus predicted would happen.
Much of what has happened, happened at night. Jesus was treated with mockery and more. Luke 22: 65 “And they spoke many other words against him reviling him. When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people gathered together, … and they led him away to their council, and they said, If you are the Christ, tell us.” Going down to Luke 22;69 Jesus does not answer the above question, but then he says, “But from now on the Son of man shall be seated at the right hand of the power of God. And they all said, ‘Are you the Son of God, then? And he said to them, ‘You say that I am.’” They group decides that they have heard enough to have Jesus crucified. This is pretty powerful. Many of these men would have seen Jesus in the temple teaching.
The group takes Jesus over to Pilate, Pilate ruled over the area that included Jerusalem. Pilate did not agree that there was enough to charge Jesus with any crime. Since Jesus was from Galilee, Pilate realizes that Jesus is from the area that Herod rules over. Jesus refused to say anything to Herod. The crowd of priests and others kept making accusations towards Jesus and Herod and his soldiers made fun of Jesus and mocked him. Then even went so far as to dress him in “gorgeous apparel”. According to studylight.org, this probably meant that Herod’s soldiers put Jesus in a white robe. White is the color normally worn by Jewish nobility. Jesus is taken back to Pilate.
Pilate really does not want to punish Jesus for his actions. Pilate says that neither he nor Herod did not find Jesus guilty. But the crowd of priests and other church people would not stop. The way Luke writes makes it sound like Pilate was trying to not sentence Christ. They wanted Jesus to trade places with a man named Barab’bas. Barab’bas had started an insurrection in the city and had committed murder. Pilate said no, but the people in the crowd were adamant. They were yelling out, “Crucify him!” Finally, Pilate agreed and Barab’bas was set free.
Jesus was led away to be crucified on a cross. Two men were there with him with Jesus in the middle. One of the men made fun of Jesus, while the other acknowledged that he had done wrong, but not so Jesus. He asked that Jesus remember him when Jesus “come in to your kingly power” Luke 23;43 Jesus told him that he would be in Paradise with Jesus.
This seems so barbaric – because it is. Jesus did not die until ninth hour. Luke 23;46 “Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit!’ And having said this he breathed his last.’” It says that the multitudes returned home beating their breasts. I think this is supposed to mean that they were feeling sadness and remorse. (according to a few sights). Luke 23;49 “And all his acquaintances and the women who had followed him from Galilee stood at a distance and saw these things.”
One member of the council that pushed Pilate to crucify Jesus was not like the other members. He objected to what was done. It says that he is (Luke 23;50) “a good and righteous man.” His name was Joseph. He asked Pilate for “the body of Jesus”. Joseph wrapped the body in a linen shroud, then placed him in a “rock-hewn tomb, where no one had ever yet been laid”. 23:53 Normally, a body would have spices and ointments applied on it the day of burial. However, the Sabbath (holy day, day of rest) for the Jewish people and and is Saturday. The women would have had to get back to where they were staying. Their plan is to come back on Sunday.
One fact I learned a few days ago, which helped me understand the timeline of Christ’s death and resurrection. At that time and in that culture, a part of a day is considered a whole day. So, Jesus was crucified on a Friday and died on a Friday. Even though the day is almost over, that counts as the first day. Saturday is day two and Sunday is the third day.
Prayer: I did this but it was difficult. If you want, say a prayer to Jesus for what he did for people.