Saturday, April 3, 2010

NIPTO, Day 55

This is my "Good Friday" post, posted on Saturday morning.

Jesus' crucifixion and death
Matthew 27:27-56

He who knew no sin became sin. For us. For me, for you, for the world. Brandon tweeted this last night: The site of an innocent, naked man being ripped apart, spat upon, and mocked by the masses would still shake the world today. And I thought about it for about 2 seconds and was like "Uhhh.. YEAH." If Jesus came to earth today and died how he did two thousand years ago, the world would be in shock. Especially if religious leaders were the ones who were putting him to death. It's good to put Bible 'stories' in the world today. What would we think if this happened today?

Mark 15:16-41

After Jesus died, one of the soldiers says "Surely this man was the son of God." How would you feel if you mocked, beat, and killed someone only to realize that that person was the Son of God?  Do you make fun of anyone (in a mean way) on a regular basis?  How would you feel if you found out that the person you make fun of is THE son or daughter of God?

Luke 23:26-49

While Jesus was on the cross, people were hurling insults at him. He just took them. They mocked him by saying that he can save others but not himself... Jesus could have saved himself. There's no doubt about that. But he chose not to... for our sakes. He died so that we could have life. He lived a sinless life and became sin so that we could truly LIVE. Words can't express our gratitude. Words can't express Jesus' love for us, so he stretched out his arms as they were nailed to a tree and said "This is how much I love you."

John 19:17-30

There were women there. There were probably children there. Jesus was torn apart. Literally. He was a bloody mess. I can't even begin to imagine what he looked like. But there were women, and probably children, watching this ugly spectacle. 

The Burial of Jesus
Matthew 27:57-66, Mark 15:42-47, Luke 23:50-56:

These people saw that Jesus was dead. They buried him. How sad would that be? Jesus was 33 years old. That is not old. They couldn't have been hopeful that he would rise again. I mean, Pilate agreed to have a guard stationed at his tomb so that "the disciples couldn't steal him" and claim that he had risen again. So so sad.

John 19:31-42

Verse 36. And these things happened so that the scriptures would be fulfilled. "Not one of his bones will be broken." [I added the italics]

I hate to start being  cheerful at the end of this post because it's such a somber one... but we're celebrating Easter today... So I guess I can be happy that... hm... don't want to give the end of the story away =P
I hope you have a fantastic weekend celebrating this amazing thing!

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