Good Friday 2013

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There is nothing about the events of this day that can be considered good.

Betrayal.  Judas.  Kiss.  Soldiers.  Chief Priests.  Pharisees.  Lanterns.  Torches.  Weapons.  "I Am He."  Overwhelmed.  Sword.  Ear.  Healing.  Arrest.  High Priest.  Annas.  Courtyard.  Peter.  Denial.  Denial.  Denial.  Rooster.  Mocking.  Beating.  Caiaphas.  Pilate.  "Are you the King of the Jews?"  Herod.  Contempt.  Pilate.  Not guilty.  Barabbas.  Released.  Jesus.  Flogging.  Crown of thorns.  Purple robe.  Beating.  "Crucify him!"  "Crucify him!"  Cross.  Simon of Cyrene.  Golgotha.  Two criminals.  "Remember me."  "Today...Paradise."  Sign.  "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews."  "Father, forgive them."  Garments.  Casting lots.  Mary.  Son.  John.  Mother.  "I thirst."  Sponge.  Sour wine.  Darkness.  "It is finished."  "I commit my spirit."  Death.  Curtain.  Torn.  Earthquake.  Spear.  Side.  Blood.  Water.  Burial.

This is a day filled with horrendous events.  And yet this day is called good because of what was accomplished.  Jesus Christ became the once for all sacrifice, the Paschal Lamb, slain to take away the sins of the world.  Our sins eliminated by the sacrifice of our Savior, covered by the blood of the Lamb.  And that is good!

(Illustration: The Crucifixion by the master of Dreux Budé, Flemish, 15th century).