First of all, let’s set the record straight.Â Every Friday is good. To those of us that still have the priviledge of working, Friday remains the best day of the week as we put down our pens and paper (or computers, laptops, and ipads) and return to our families for the weekend.
But today is even greater than that. It is the day the church refers to as Good Friday and what I refer to as Great Friday. Today is the day that Jesus Christ was crucified on Golgotha and paid for the salvation of all who accept His work in payment for their sins.
Let’s look at the events of that day together: 1-3am, Jesus is betrayed by Judas and is arrested in the garden of Gethsemane; 3-6am, Jesus is examined before Annas; He is then sent before Caiaphas the High Priest and the Sanhedrin where false accusers make accusations about Him but are unable to collaberate their stories;
6-6:30am, the Sanhedrin condemns Jesus to death because he claims to be the Son of God; Judas, the one who betrayed Him, also commits suicide by hanging himself; 6:30-7:00am, Jesus is tried before Pilate; 7:00-7:30am, Jesus is tried before Herod; 7:30-8:00am Jesus is retried by Pilate and found innocent ofÂ all charges;
8:00-9:00am, the Via Dolorosa occurs as Christ walks from the palace to Golgotha, “the Place of the Skull,” where He is to be crucified. 9:00-12 noon, Jesus is crucified. He who knew no sin became sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.
12 noon-3:00pm the earth is shrouded in complete darkness as Jesus suffers separation (spiritual death) from God the Father in payment for the sins of the world. The Light of the World goes out!
3:00pm, Jesus dies physically as He “gives up His spirit” and breaths His last.
3:00-6:00pm, Joseph of Arimathea takes the body of Jesus and prepares it for burial, laying Him inÂ his ownÂ tomb carved out of stone.
Remember Him as you go through your day today for all that he has done for you and me!