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Good Friday: Crucifixion

Every time Christians gather to worship, there is a remembrance of the crucifixion of Christ. Sometimes as part of the Lord’s Supper, communion, or the Eucharist. Sometimes in prayer and hymns.

Christians who observe Lent place special emphasis on the crucifixion of Jesus during the last week of Lent, Holy Week. Today, there are Good Friday services to embrace both grieving and thanksgiving for the crucifixion of Christ.

Some Christians who don’t observe Lent do celebrate Good Friday. In one way or the other, all Christians believe and celebrate Jesus’ crucifixion. That’s one unifying force among Christians and Christian churches.

Today’s post contains excerpts about the crucifixion from the four Gospels.

“Then the soldiers of the governor…gathered the whole cohort around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head. They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’ They spat on him and took the reed and struck him on the head. After mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him…Over his head they put the charge against him, which read, ‘This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.’***From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And about three o’clock, Jesus cried with a loud voice…’My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’*** (Matthew 27:27-46, NRSV)

“Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, ‘Truly this man was God’s Son!'” (Mark 15:37-39)

“One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, ‘Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!’ But the other rebuked him, saying, ‘Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation. And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.’ Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ He replied, ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.'” (Luke 23:39-43)

“After these things, Joseph of Arimathea…asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission, so he came and removed his body. Nicodemus…also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds. They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths…Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid…they laid Jesus there.” (John 19:38-42)

We join with Paul in saying: “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:19-20) “May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” (Galatians 6:14)

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