Good Friday 10 April 2020

Emmanuel Baptist Church

Friday 10th  April 2020

Good Friday

 

A MEDITATION ON THE SCRIPTURES

And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull,

which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified Him, John 19:17

 

Here are some of the scriptures that tell the story of Good Friday from John’s Gospel.

It is not the complete record, but it reminds us of many of the events of that day

and how Jesus suffered on our behalf.

 

John 18:1-3  Jesus went out with His disciples over the Brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which He and His disciples entered.  And Judas, who betrayed Him, also knew the place; for Jesus often met there with His disciples. Then Judas, having received a detachment of troops, and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons.

John 18:12-13   Then the detachment of troops and the captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound Him.  And they led Him away to Annas.

John 18:24   Then Annas sent Him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.

John 18:28-29   Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas to the Praetorium, and it was early morning.  Pilate then went out to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this Man?”

John 18:38-40   Pilate …said to them, “I find no fault in Him at all. But you have a custom that I should release someone to you at the Passover. Do you therefore want me to release to you the King of the Jews?”  Then they all cried again, saying, “Not this Man, but Barabbas!”

John 19:1-3  So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him.  And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe.  Then they said, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they struck Him with their hands.

John 19:6 Therefore, when the chief priests and officers saw Him, they cried out, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “You take Him and crucify Him, for I find no fault in Him.”

John 19:17-19    And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha,  where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the centre.  Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was:

JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS.

 

John 19:30    So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

John 19:40-42    Then they took the body of Jesus, and bound it in strips of linen with the spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury.  Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid.  So there they laid Jesus, because of the Jews’ Preparation Day, for the tomb was nearby.

1

King of my life, I crown Thee now,

  Thine shall the glory be;

Lest I forget Thy thorn-crowned brow,

  Lead me to Calvary.

 

Lest I forget Gethsemane;

Lest I forget Thine agony;

Lest I forget Thy love for me,

  Lead me to Calvary.

2

Show me the tomb where Thou wast laid,

  Tenderly mourned and wept;

Angels in robes of light arrayed

  Guarded Thee while Thou slept.

3

Let me like Mary, through the gloom,

  Come with a gift to Thee;

Show to me now the empty tomb,

  Lead me to Calvary.

4

May I be willing, Lord, to bear

  Daily my cross for Thee;

Even Thy cup of grief to share,

  Thou hast borne all for me.

5

Fill me, O Lord, with Thy desire

  For all that know not Thee;

Then touch my lips with holy fire,

  To speak of Calvary.

 

Hebrews 12:1-3    Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,  looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.

“For consider Him”. This is a day to think about our Lord’s sufferings. He went to Calvary for me.

Although we are living in difficult times, while we are isolated from each other, and unable to meet at Emmanuel, don’t be discouraged, but keep looking to our Saviour.

God bless you all as we meet at the table of the Lord at 11.00 am.