Good? Friday

When I was a child, I always wondered how the day when Jesus suffered murder by the state could be called Good. As I grew up and put away childish things and thoughts, I came to understand the story. It is the ultimate story of servant leadership. It is the story of how God himself came down in the guise of a man, to show us the way. Here’s a part of the story.

And so now we come to the climax. We have seen Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, we have seen the Last Supper with it’s echoing call “Do this in Remembrance of Me”, we have seen the arrest during prayers in the garden.

We have seen Peter, renamed Cephas (the Rock) deny the Christ 3 times. We have seen the trial before the Sanhedrin, and the passing of the buck to the Roman, Pontius Pilate who could find no fault in this man but allowed him to be condemned according to Roman practice.

We have even seen the treachery of Judas, who for 30 pieces of silver betrayed his Lord, soon repented, attempted to return the reward (which ended up funding the paupers’ cemetery) and his death as a suicide.

And so now we come to the fatal procession from Jerusalem to Golgotha.

In one way or another, we will all walk the Via Dolorosa. One of the mottoes I use to keep trying to do the right thing, “No one, not even Christ, ever got out of life alive”. For me, that about sums it up. You may as well do the right thing, you might not get the reward on earth that you were striving for, but at the judgment seat, you will be rewarded.

Here is the story according to St. Matthew:

And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. And sitting down they watched him there. And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross, and the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew.

And the chief priests said unto Pilate, It should be written and set up over his head, his accusation, This is he that said he was Jesus, the King of the Jews. But Pilate answered and said, What I have written, I have written; let it alone.

Then were there two thieves crucified with him; one on the right hand, and another on the left. And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, and saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it again in three days save thyself. If thou be the Son of God come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking 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 save him, let him save him; for he said, I am the Son of God.

One of the thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth. But the other rebuked him, saying, Dost thou not fear God, seeing thou art under the same condemnation; and this man is just, and hath not sinned; and he cried unto the Lord that he would save him. And the Lord said unto him This day thou shalt be with me in Paradise.

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. 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?) Some of them that stood there, when they heard him, said, This man calleth for Elias. And straightway one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. The rest said, Let him be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.

Jesus when he had cried again with a loud voice, saying, Father, it is finished, thy will is done, yielded up the ghost. And behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; and the graves were opened; and the bodies of the saints which slept, arose, who were many, and came out of the graves after his resurrection, went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, heard the earth quake, and saw those things which were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God. And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him for his burial; among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s children.

Now, remember this was on Friday following the triumphant entry the prior Sunday. How the mighty had fallen, from the crowd’s hero, one might say a rock star, to an executed criminal buried in a borrowed grave in a week.

This was the man many had expected to free Israel from Rome, there would be others for that mission, it would culminate at Masada and in the destruction of Jerusalem and the diaspora. The next ruler of the city, after Rome, would be Islam, contested by the Crusader knights. But until our own time Jerusalem would not be ruled again by the Jews.

And so the Messiah, the King of the Jews died. The lesson would seem to be not to upset the applecart, to go along to get along, even to sit down and shut up, wouldn’t it?

It’s a pretty sharp lesson too. One of the most cruel methods of execution ever devised by man.

And so ends the story;

or does it?

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24 Responses to Good? Friday

  1. audremyers says:

    Beautiful article, Neo; well done. As I’m typing this, I’m watching The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) – oddly enough, He has just had His triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

    I watch this every year. I don’t even mind that this Jesus has blue eyes, lol. There is one scene – a most remarkable scene – that makes me cry every time I see it. It is the scene where Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. It is the best filming of this scene ever devised. I’ve seen the silent movies, I seen the early ‘talkies’ – this scene is the best. This clip is a little long but has such huge impact. When the realization hits the disciples that Jesus IS the Messiah. I guess that’s what makes me cry. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lm7k8k0DsF4&t=304s

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    • NEO says:

      It’s one of the greatest movies ever, I think. Such stories are still written, but there is no one who could act in them, direct them or make them now. Not least because most of these actors can only play themselves, because their ego demands it.

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  2. the unit says:

    Steady as she goes.
    https://ny.curbed.com/2020/4/9/21210055/coronavirus-buying-house-new-york-city-real-estate
    See what Monday morning comes to light. Three days.

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  3. rtsacred says:

    Hi NEO. 🙂

    Happy Good Friday!

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  4. rtsacred says:

    I am glad to hear you are at least not doing bad. 🙂 I am doing good, thanks for asking. I think I might have encountered some plagiarism regarding some of my old posts, which is why I came back on. I am not that young anymore, but I feel it! Have you ever heard from Jessica? I think about her from time to time.

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    • NEO says:

      Once something over a year ago, now. She seemed fine, and even happy. As my Christmas and Easter posts show, I still miss her greatly, but what is, is. And have come to be mostly reconciled with her words while she was with us.

      I envy you, feeling young, I increasingly feel old, useless and washed up. Fair number of causes, I expect, but a sad time in ways for me.

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      • rtsacred says:

        I am glad to hear that she is doing good. I really liked her a lot, and was let down that so many things got in the way of us being friends. I hope that this time will get better for you, and that you will feel like your life has a use – because it does! Hang in there NEO. God loves you!

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        • NEO says:

          Quite so, I came to the conclusion that something changed in her while she was sick, something subtle but deep. But heck, I don’t know. All I know is that I miss her, and I’ve missed you as well.

          And that’s my Rock, I have a few innings left, I think, and He’ll tell me where and when.

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  5. rtsacred says:

    My reply system is not working right, which is why I keep having to start a new thread.

    Thanks NEO. I understand. You know, it was a good time when we were all commenting and sharing our thoughts. You are still blogging though! Very steady and persistent. It is nice to know that you are still here after all these years. Hang in there friend!

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    • NEO says:

      Keeps me occupied, and the brain working. Not to mention, it’s become a habit, after almost nine years – no idea what I’d do with myself if I quit! 🙂

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      • rtsacred says:

        lol Ok, so definitely no quitting then! 🙂

        By the way, have you seen anything about this QAnon thing? I just found out about it recently. Any thoughts?

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        • NEO says:

          🙂

          Some, and some people I know completely believe. Me? Well, maybe, what I’ve seen appears to have worked out but it was vague enough that it’s tough to tell. Hope it’s real though, we need the insight if for no other reason to kill this sort of thing before it kills us. I more and more fear the UK is beyond hope, and we’re not that far behind.

          What we really need is a Christian revival, but that seems even more unlikely! :\

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        • rtsacred says:

          Yes, I agree that we need a revival. We definitely do. I do not know if Q is real, but I am grappling with a number of issues around all of that right now. I did not find out about it until not very long ago. God bless you NEO!

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        • NEO says:

          Lucky you! 🙂 There’s a lot of ambiguous stuff floating around these days. About all one can do is use one’s judgment – and pray, of course.

          Bless you too, and don’t forget me for so long. 🙂

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        • rtsacred says:

          Yes, prayer is most important! I will check back in with you. Have a blessed day NEO!

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        • NEO says:

          Doing my best to! 🙂

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