Friday, March 29, 2013

Good Friday - The Raising of the Cross

The Raising of the Cross
by James Tissot. 1836-1902
Brooklyn Museum

Good Friday. After nearly 2000 years, Christians the world over remember this day in history when Jesus, the perfect, sinless Son of God, went to the Cross to bear the wrath of God for the sins of His people, to rescue us from sin and death.

Luke 23:32-47

"And two others also, who were criminals, were being led away to be put to death with Him. And when they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left. But Jesus was saying, 'Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.' And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves. and the people stood by, looking on. And even the rulers were sneering at Him, saying, 'He saved others; let Him save Himself if this is the Christ of God, His Chosen One.'

And the soldiers also mocked Him, coming up to Him, offering Him sour wine, and saying, 'If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself!' Now there was also an inscription above Him, 'THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.' And one of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him, saying, 'Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!' But the other answered, and rebuking him said, 'Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.'

And he was saying, 'Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!' And He said to him, 'Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.'

And it was now about the sixth hour, and darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour, the sun being obscured; and the veil of the temple was torn in two. And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, 'Father, INTO THY HANDS I COMMIT MY SPIRIT.' And having said this, He breathed His last.


'The pain and tears of all the years were met together on Calvary. The sorrow of heaven joined with the anguish of earth; the forgiving love stored up in God's future was poured out into the present; the voices that echo in a million human hearts, crying for justice, longing for spirituality, eager for relationship, yearning for beauty, drew themselves together into a final scream of desolation.

'Nothing in all the history of paganism comes anywhere near this combination of event, intention, and meaning. Nothing in Judaism had prepared for it, except in puzzling, shadowy prophecy. The death of Jesus of Nazareth as the king of the Jews, the bearer of Israel's destiny, the fulfillment of God's promises to his people of old, is either the most stupid, senseless waste and misunderstanding the world has ever seen, or it is the fulcrum around which world history turns.

'Christianity is based on the belief that it was and is the latter.' 

 - Simply Christian, Why Christianity Makes Sense, by N.T. Wright

What happened next?

Come back Sunday and you'll see!


This post is linked to Photo Friday.


Denise said...

Have a very blessed Easter.

Trace4J said...

Wishing you a Joyous Easter filled with His Love.

Joyce said...

Happy Easter!

Sandra said...

Have a wonderful Easter. awesome painting and i have not seen it before.

Terri D said...

Wishing you and yours a blessed Easter, Judy!

Diane said...

Nice post. It's pretty sad how Good Friday is rarely mentioned these days; we always had it off from school when I was a kid, and my dad always had it off from work too!

Unknown said...

Have a wonderful Easter!

Chatty Crone said...

I can't help thinking what makes today GOOD Friday is because HE died this way for us. We are so blessed. I hope have a wonderful Easter. sandie

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

Have a wonderful Easter.

Yenta Mary said...

A beautiful, powerful, thought-provoking, heart-wrenching post, Judy ....

Empty Nester said...

Have a wonderful Easter weekend! Oh- and I know what happened next- but I won't tell. :) Today was a teacher workday at school- I didn't go because of my knee but so many teachers in the district were complaining because it's Good Friday and they wanted to be focused on that not on work.

Ruth Kelly said...

What the world does not understand is that he rose on the third day and we all will be able to rise from the graves for he made it so that we can.

The Tablescaper said...

A beautiful post for the day.

I'd love to have you link your post to Seasonal Sundays. The link goes up at 7 pm on Saturday evening.

- The Tablescaper

Carla from The River said...

Happy Easter!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Happy and Blessed Easter.

Chenille Cottage said...

"Behold the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world."
Happy Easter!

Sunny Simple Life said...

Beautiful, but sad but hopeful because we know what happened. Happy Easter to you.


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