Pilate and Barabbas
Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would. And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas. Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ? For he knew that for envy they had delivered him. When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him. But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should cask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus. The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas. Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.Matthew 27:15-22
Pilate was among a couple of audiences with authority that Jesus endured. Interestingly Barabbas in Aramaic breaks down to son (bar) of the father (abbas). The crowd literally chose him, over THE SON of THE FATHER (source)
Taunting and inviting self doubt
There is a reoccurring theme to the horrific ordeal the Saviour underwent. Not only was there physical pain but mental anguish. This was added to by the taunting of others. This is one of the adversaries greatest tricks he will try it on us all. Convince a man he is nothing and he often becomes such. This was mentioned on Tuesdays post.
And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.Matthew 27:39-43
The events and suffering of Gethsemane had one element that was missing. At the worst point and angel ministered to Jesus and there is no reference in scripture of Heavenly Father withdrawing, as hard as it must have been for a Father to witness. But for the atonement to be complete, there was a final mental anguish.
“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”Matthew 27:46
I suppose had He not been left entirely alone to suffer at the coming great day of judgement it could be said that He did not fully understand pain as He had not experienced the Father withdrawing. But Jesus now stands alone as one who has suffered all having no reason to.
C.S Lewis in his classic “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” does a wonderful job of representing the atonement or sacrifice of the sinless Christ. It is a great Easter film to watch. Lewis makes no attempt to hide that Aslan the Lion represents Jesus. In fact his friend Tolkien felt that Narnia was to overtly Christian.
So why with all this pain and suffering do Christians refer to this of all days as GOOD Friday? Because we recognise in Christs suffering the depth of his love for us and that like Aslan he paved a way for Himself and all of us to be resurrected.
The above points are not an exhaustive list of the days events, far more can be found by reading the gospels. my intention is to provide a starter, you have to find your own main course in the scriptures!
In the early hours of the morning, Jesus is betrayed into the hands of the local authorities. After a series of one-sided trials, He is sentenced to death by crucifixion. Roman soldiers mock and scourge Him and nail Him to the cross. But instead of condemning them, Jesus Christ begs His Father to “forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). Even now, in His darkest moment, Jesus speaks of love and redemption. With His dying breath, Jesus addresses His Father. “It is finished” (John 19:30). Then, Jesus Christ dies. An unlikely elegy comes from a Roman centurion: “Truly this was the Son of God” (Matthew 27:54). The realization is just as awe-inspiring today as it was then.Easter Day-By-Day #BecauseOfHIm
Today the video I have chosen is not strictly a music track but it is one of my favourite Easter messages #becausofhim
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