Friday, April 19, 2019

On this Solemn Friday

By: Sarah Geringer

About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" (which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken Me?").

Matthew 27:46 NIV

Jesus had never been separated from his Father until the day we remember as Good Friday.

In taking sin’s curse upon himself on the cross, Jesus had to accept that terrible sentence. 

This may have been the worst of his sufferings, but he suffered many other things for your sake that day.

On this solemn Friday about 2,000 years ago, Jesus removed the barrier between us once and for all so we can live in his presence forever if we believe in him.

On this solemn Friday, take a few quiet moments to remember what Jesus suffered for you.

Meditate on Matthew 26 and 27:

Jesus was betrayed and deserted by his closest friends.

He was mocked by religious authorities.

He was spit upon, slapped and beaten by the Pharisees.

Jesus was flogged with a lead-tipped whip, a treatment that often killed others.

He was stripped naked and shamed.

He wore a painful crown of thorns.

Jesus was nailed to the cross.

He listened to shouts of abuse from those who knew the most about God's Word.

He was offered sour wine.

Jesus released his spirit for you.

His body was wrapped in linen and laid in a tomb.

Honor Jesus today in your own way for everything he suffered for you on that solemn Friday.

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings and God's peace to you,

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Reflection questions:

1. Have you ever felt forsaken? If so, how does Jesus' story make you feel less alone?

2. How can you find comfort in Jesus’ suffering?

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