It’s Friday of Passion Week, the day justice met grace. Jesus came into the world with hardly anyone noticing; Joseph and Mary, a few shepherds, and some wise men from the East knew of His coming. Born in obscurity and now dying notoriously, hanging between two thieves and branded a blasphemer and insurrectionist.
Of course the charges were all contrived. Secretly arrested at night, an illegal trial held under the cover of darkness, false witnesses, no doubt paid well for their act of betrayal. He was spit on, punched, slapped, and mocked by men that considered themselves religious. Jesus was abandoned by men that He called His friends. People who had cried out “Hosanna!” as they welcomed Him into Jerusalem a few days earlier would soon be crying out “Crucify Him!”
In the early hours of the morning Jesus is taken to Pilate, the Roman Governor. Pilate was a weak coward who knew Jesus was innocent, but caved in to the pressure from the religious leaders. I can’t really come down on Pilate too hard. I know what it’s like to cave in to pressure and not stand up for Jesus.
The soldiers ridiculed Him, scourged Him, and then nailed Him to a cross. Everything in Jesus’ life has been leading to this moment. This is the fulfillment of the promise God made all the way back in Genesis 3:15 of the One who would come and bring victory.
It was a victory that came at a very great price, the sinless Son of God paying our sin debt. It really is Good Friday. May those of us who have experienced God’s amazing grace, purchased that day at Calvary, not rest until the whole world knows what happened six hours one Friday.
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