“The soldiers brought Jesus to Golgotha, meaning “Skull Hill.” They offered him a mild painkiller (wine mixed with myrrh), but he wouldn’t take it. And they nailed him to the cross. They divided up his clothes and threw dice to see who would get them. They nailed him up at nine o’clock in the morning. The charge against him— the king of the Jews —was printed on a poster. Along with him, they crucified two criminals, one to his right, the other to his left. People passing along the road jeered, shaking their heads in mock lament: “You bragged that you could tear down the Temple and then rebuild it in three days—so show us your stuff! Save yourself! If you’re really God’s Son, come down from that cross!” The high priests, along with the religion scholars, were right there mixing it up with the rest of them, having a great time poking fun at him: “He saved others—but he can’t save himself! Messiah, is he? King of Israel? Then let him climb down from that cross. We’ll all become believers then!” Even the men crucified alongside him joined in the mockery. At noon the sky became extremely dark. The darkness lasted three hours. At three o’clock, Jesus groaned out of the depths, crying loudly, “ Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? ” which means, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” Some of the bystanders who heard him said, “Listen, he’s calling for Elijah.” Someone ran off, soaked a sponge in sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down.” But Jesus, with a loud cry, gave his last breath. At that moment the Temple curtain ripped right down the middle. When the Roman captain standing guard in front of him saw that he had quit breathing, he said, “This has to be the Son of God!” Mark 15:22-39 (Message)
It had been a long night. The day before, Jesus had sent two of His dicsipes ahead to find a specific loft room in a specific house to prepare for the annual Passover Feast that would start at dusk-6ish.
That evening, Jesus teaches His disciples for the final time before being crucified. He taught servant-leadership by washing their feet. He taught them about the importance of being attached to Him (John 15). He comforted them with the promise of the Abiding Holy Spirit (John 14 & 16) to walk them and us through life and to prepare us for heaven. He promised to prepare a home for them/us in Heaven using language that spoke of a Groom carefully preparing a home for His Bride (John 14). He also celebrated the last Passover feast that we now call the Lord’s Supper, last because He was about to be the final Passover Lamb that would permenantly “take away the sins of the world”. (John 1:29).
After dinner, Jesus led the disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane, where He prayed for them, us and His disciple of all time.
As Jesus finishes His prayer, a familiar figure approches, along with a unit of temple guards. Judas iscariot, a disciple of Jesus,sells Jesus out with a kiss and He is promptly arrested. He is illegally tried, beaten and retried the next morning by Governor Pilot. Pilot doesn’t want to convict Jesus, much less execute Him, because he finds the evidence against Him to be polically driven and unconvincing. Fearing a riot, however, Pilot finally caves to the chant of the crowd, the very crowd who had hailed Jesus as the Kingly Messiah, just 5 days before, and sentences Jesus to death by crucifiction. By 9am, Jesus was nailed to a cross. By 6, He was dead in entombed in a borrowed tomb.
What a difference 5 days had made. What a difference 24 hrs made!
The discilpes were devistated. Their Leader, Who they fully expected to overthrow the Roman government and become King, laid dead and buried. Their own lives were in danger as well.
How could a day we call Good Friday have ended so badly?
The disciples were left with their thoughts about all the promises Jesus had made, all the prophecies that had been fulfilled by Him, yet he was now very dead. Think about it!