Good Friday | His Passion For You | Passion Week Devotions
Elder Norman leads us on a daily journey through the last week of Jesus' life on earth-Passion Week.
NOTES & SCRIPTURE
Ever had a rough day? Maybe you didn’t get a good night’s sleep the night before. Maybe physically you’re not your best, some aches & pains. Maybe it was due to a relationship crisis, where a friend or a co-worker or a family member hurt you or angered you or betrayed you in some way.
At the end of rough days we want something to help us unwind, to help you cope with the day...comfort food, entertainment, read a good book, other of us at times turn to substances to help us ease the pain of the day.
By Good Friday, Jesus has not slept since he woke up Thursday morning. After being betrayed, arrested, denied and abandoned by his closest friend and followers, he is given a illegal sham of a trial in front of the religious council, the Roman governor Pontius Pilate, & Herod .
During the night, Jesus endured mocking. He was spit upon and was scourged. A Crown of thorns is beaten down upon His head. And, condemned to die, he is led off to carry his own cross to His crucifixion, the most brutal form of execution ever devised.
No rough day you or I have ever had can compare with what Jesus was enduring. And we could examine so many details--in all 4 Gospels--of the crucifixion of Jesus, the events of that Good Friday.
But today I wanted to look at 2 short passages.
And they brought him to the place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull). And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it.
Other gospels report That Jesus smelled it and took a little taste, realized what it was, and refused to drink it.
We long for a little release, a little enjoyment, a little escape when we have a rough day. Jesus was offered the slightest numbing of his agony, and he refused it.
Why? Was Jesus a masochist? Someone who just enjoys having pain inflicted on him? No. I think the answer lies in our second passage today, which takes place the previous night, on Thursday, in the Garden.
In Matthew 26, Peter cuts off the ear of a servant of the people who were arresting Jesus. Jesus tells Peter to put away his sword, and then says these amazing words, in verse 53:
Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions* of angels? But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?”
* Legion = 6,000 people | 6,000 x 12 = 72,000 angels!
Jesus could have accepted that drink to numb his agony. Moreover, He could have called 70,000 angels to come to His rescue. But he chose not to. He bore the full brunt of the pain, the punishment not for anything wrong He had done, but the punishment for our sin.
As we said at the beginning of the week, This is Passion Week because Jesus was passionate about His mission. Passionate about obedience. Passion about you. Nothing would hold him back from accomplishing that Mission that He finished on the cross.
It’s not that He loved pain. It’s that He loves you.
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