Day 6 – The Crucifixion
Scripture: Matthew 27:1–61, Mark 15:1–47, Luke 23:1–56, John 18:28–19:42
Why call the day our Savior was crucified “good"? The name Good Friday perfectly represents the day, because the suffering and death of Jesus, as atrocious as it was, signaled the dramatic climax of God’s plan to save his people from their sins. Without Jesus’ death on the cross, we would never know goodness. There is no salvation without the crucifixion.
Even in Christ’s pain and torment, he did not loathe the cross; He saw the good in it.
33 When they arrived at the place called The Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals, one on the right and one on the left. 34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, because they do not know what they are doing. “And they divided his clothes and cast lots.
35 Thee people stood watching, and even the leaders were scoffing “He saved others; let him save himself if this is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One!” 36 The soldiers also mocked him. They came offering him sour wine 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself!”
38 An inscription was above him: This Is the King of the Jews.
39 Then one of the criminals hanging there began to yell insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”
40 But the other answered, rebuking him: “Don’t you even fear God, since you are undergoing the same punishment? 41 We are punished justly, because we’re getting back what we deserve for the things we did, but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
43 And he said to him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
– Luke 23:33-43
While he was being berated, tortured, and crucified, Jesus continued to display love. He asked his father to forgive us even though we didn’t deserve forgiveness. Even when our crimes are on display, Jesus looks us in the eye and invites us to join him in paradise.
Reflection: Each time I read about Jesus’ crucifixion; I am struck by something new. Today, read the crucifixion story and see what wisdom God imparts to you. Live it. Picture yourself with John and Mary at the foot of the cross. Hear the crowds. Allow yourself to grieve. Notice the hatred of men and compare it to the love of Jesus. Let your words be few today, and constantly ponder the sacrifice of Jesus.
Prayer: Oh Lord, today is a dark day, but it is the holiest of days. Your great offering is more than we can comprehend. You chose the cross so we could be restored, washing us in your blood. Our sins put you there, but your love held you there. Through your suffering, our sins no longer separate us from your goodness. Help us remember what this day means for those of us who believe in the resurrection and help us live life accordingly. Amen.