Good Friday: 45 Day of Lent
46 Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Having said this, he breathed his last. Luke 25:46
38 And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39 Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he g breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man I was God’s Son!” Mark 15:38-39 t I
48 And when all the crowds who had gathered there for this spectacle saw what had taken place, they returned home, beating it their breasts. Luke 23.-48
40 There were also women looking on from a distance; among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. 41 These used to follow him and provided for him when he was in Galilee; and there were many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem. Mark 15.-40-41
Also in Matthew 27:51-56 and John 19:31-37; with their own theological significance.
In this way,
on a day like this, on a hill outside the city, amid barracking and ridicule, humiliation, hatred, and scorn,
Jesus Christ died;
accepting suffering to transform it, bearing sin to redeem us and deliver us from all the evil that prevents us becoming what we are meant to be.
Now stands the Cross
Here at the foot of the Cross are cluttered all our sins and fears; and here we can lay all our needs and cares, all our worries and burdens.
Here we can hear him speaking, and one word is especially for me, today:
he speaks forgiveness and hope and company, sharing and help, victory and peace
Let what you say to me
reach to the very heart of me.
The way is made plain, and the times have turned, and all is in Love.