Good Friday

Pilate then took Yeshua and had him flogged. The soldiers twisted thorn-branches into a crown and placed it on his head, put a purple robe on him, and went up to him, saying over and over, “Hail, ‘king of the Jews’!” and hitting him in the face.

Pilate went outside once more and said to the crowd, “Look, I’m bringing him out to you to get you to understand that I find no case against him.” So Yeshua came out, wearing the thorn-branch crown and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Look at the man!” When the head cohanim and the Temple guards saw him they shouted, “Put him to death on the stake! Put him to death on the stake!” (Usually rendered Crucify HIM!) Pilate said to them, “You take him out yourselves and put him to death on the stake, because I don’t find any case against him.”  The Judeans answered him, “We have a law; according to that law, he ought to be put to death, because he made himself out to be the Son of God.” On hearing this, Pilate became even more frightened.

He went back into the headquarters and asked Yeshua, “Where are you from?” But Yeshua didn’t answer. So Pilate said to him, “You refuse to speak to me? Don’t you understand that it is in my power either to set you free or to have you executed on the stake?” Yeshua answered, “You would have no power over me if it hadn’t been given to you from above; this is why the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.” (It was and unspeakably great sin for Pilate to fail to exercise his power to prevent Yeshua’s execution.  But it was still a greater sin for Judah (Judas) from K’riot – for whom it would have been better had he never been born (Mt 26:24) – to deliver Yeshua, with full knowledge of who he was and of his innocence, to an unjust death penalty.)  On hearing this, Pilate tried to find a way to set him free; but the Judeans shouted, “If you set this man free, it means you’re not a ‘Friend of the Emperor’! Everyone who claims to be a king is opposing the Emperor!” (This was a technical term sometimes used as a title of honor for provincial governors and here as a sign of loyalty)  When Pilate heard what they were saying, he brought Yeshua outside and sat down on the judge’s seat in the place called The Pavement (in Aramaic, Gabta);  it was about noon on Preparation Day for Pesach(The day before a Shabbat or festival when food is cooked and other preparations are made.  Since no work is to be done on the holyday itself.)  He said to the Judeans, “Here’s your king!” They shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Put him to death on the stake!” Pilate said to them, “You want me to execute your king on a stake?” The head cohanim answered, “We have no king but the Emperor.” Then Pilate handed Yeshua over to them to have him put to death on the stake.So they took charge of Yeshua.  Carrying the stake himself he went out to the place called Skull (in Aramaic, Gulgolta). There they nailed him to the stake along with two others, one on either side, with Yeshua in the middle.  Pilate also had a notice written and posted on the stake; it read,

YESHUA FROM NATZERET

THE KING OF THE JEWS

Many of the Judeans read this notice, because the place where Yeshua was put on the stake was close to the city; and it had been written in Hebrew, in Latin and in Greek. The Judeans’ head cohanim therefore said to Pilate, “Don’t write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but ‘He said, “I am King of the Jews.”’” Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.” 

When the soldiers had nailed Yeshua to the stake, they took his clothes and divided them into four shares, a share for each soldier, with the under-robe left over. Now the under-robe was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom;  so they said to one another, “We shouldn’t tear it in pieces; let’s draw for it.” This happened in order to fulfill the words from the Tanakh,

“They divided my clothes among themselves
and gambled for my robe.”[a]

This is why the soldiers did these things.

Nearby Yeshua’s execution stake stood his mother, his mother’s sister Miryam the wife of K’lofah, and Miryam from Magdala. When Yeshua saw his mother and the talmid whom he loved standing there, he said to his mother, “Mother, this is your son.” Then he said to the talmid (John), “This is your mother.” And from that time on, the talmid took her into his own home.

After this, knowing that all things had accomplished their purpose, Yeshua, in order to fulfill the words of the Tanakh, said, “I’m thirsty.”  A jar full of cheap sour wine was there; so they soaked a sponge in the wine, coated it with oregano leaves and held it up to his mouth.  After Yeshua had taken the wine, he said, “It is accomplished!” And, letting his head droop, he delivered up his spirit!”   John 19:1-30 (CJB)

NO GREATER LOVE HAS BEEN SHOWN FOR MAN THAN THIS – HE SUFFERED PHYSICALLY, SPIRITUALLY AND MENTALLY AND DIED IN ORDER THAT WE CAN LIVE FOREVER IF WE CHOOSE CORRECTLY. 

Is it too much THEN to ask that we honor HIM daily by spending time with Him?

The following is the “Standard” Yeshua (Jesus) set for our moment to moment walk:  

“The way we can be sure we know him is if we are obeying his commands. Anyone who says, “I know him,” but isn’t obeying his commands is a liar — the truth is not in him. But if someone keeps doing what he says, then truly love for God has been brought to its goal in him. This is how we are sure that we are united with him. A person who claims to be continuing in union with him ought to conduct his life the way he did.”  1 John 2:3-8 (CJB)

(sw-h)

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