Day 6

Day Six: Friday
Luke 22:66-23:56; John 19:28-30; Romans 6:6-11

Today we celebrate Good Friday, the day when Jesus paid the ultimate price for our sins. This day marks the most painful, treacherous day of Jesus’ earthly ministry. Jesus was abandoned, mocked, and beaten multiple times before being sentenced to death by crucifixion at about 9:00am. Crucifixion was known as one of the most horrible, disgraceful methods of capital punishment that could be given under the Roman rule during this time period.

Before he was nailed to the cross, the soldiers mocked him, forcing him to wear a crown of thorns. He carried his own cross to Calvary, where he continued to be mocked as he was nailed to it.

As he hung from the cross, Jesus made several powerful statements. Jesus first proclaimed, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Right before Jesus takes his last breath at about 3:00pm that day, he makes two final statements, “It is finished!” and “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”

By the end of the day, Jesus’ body laid buried in a borrowed tomb.

Though we now know the final outcome and purposes of Jesus’ death, this day was a day of deep sorrow, regret, and disappointment for Jesus’ followers. The one in whom they had placed all their hopes for the future laid dead in a tomb. They thought he would be the one to overthrow the oppressive Roman rule, but they now seemed to be left right where they began. What they did not realize was the Jesus had to die in order for us to have victory and hope for the future. Without death, there is no resurrection, no new life.

Activity: Read the biblical accounts of Jesus trial and death. Think about your own life. What needs to die so that you can have new life? What old hurts and past wounds need to be buried and left in the grave? What negative patterns of behavior do you need to quit for good? Consider fasting today. Pray and give God all the old parts of yourself and your past that need to die. Thank him for sending His only begotten Son to die for you. Ask for forgiveness and accept the new life in Christ.