Jesus Dies on the Cross

33 Now when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is translated, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
35 Some of those who stood by, when they heard that, said, “Look, He is calling for Elijah!” 36 Then someone ran and filled a sponge full of sour wine, put it on a reed, and offered it to Him to drink, saying, “Let Him alone; let us see if Elijah will come to take Him down.”
37 And Jesus cried out with a loud voice, and breathed His last.
38 Then the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 39 So when the centurion, who stood opposite Him, saw that He cried out like this and breathed His last, he said, “Truly this Man was the Son of God!”
40 There were also women looking on from afar, among whom were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the Less and of Joses, and Salome, 41 who also followed Him and ministered to Him when He was in Galilee, and many other women who came up with Him to Jerusalem.


Jesus Buried in Joseph’s Tomb

42 Now when evening had come, because it was the Preparation Day, that is, the day before the Sabbath, 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent council member, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, coming and taking courage, went in to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 44 Pilate marveled that He was already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him if He had been dead for some time. 45 So when he found out from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph. 46 Then he bought fine linen, took Him down, and wrapped Him in the linen. And he laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock, and rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. 47 And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses observed where He was laid.

  1. God made this Friday good! Praise God for the cross of Christ.

  2. lbolm says:

    I will take this opportunity to share something I got about 7 years ago. It is in my new post and deals with “Sinner Saved By Grace”.

    Love in Christ Jesus

  3. Douglas K. Adu-Boahen says:

    Praise God for the Atonement which has purchased us!!! Soli Deo Gloria!!!

  4. hanna says:

    Pastor, did you know Easter is pagan origin? He didn’t die on Friday, he didn’t resurrect on Sunday…these things are pagan stuff adopted into Christianity so that Christianity would be “popular” …….. At least you are not posting the name “Easter”……the name of a pagan goddess.

  5. even though this last comment wasn’t directed towards me, i will still write a short answer. the name easter and the way it is celebrated in many cultures is pagan in origin.

    it is true, jesus didn’t die on friday, but on wednesday. he was buried before sunset, because with sunset started the next day for the jews – in this case, thursday. john tells us, that this was a ‘great sabbath’ (19:31) which means that it was the first of the seven days of the feast of unleavened bread – also called a sabbath day. so jesus celebrated the passover with the disciples on tuesday evening (wednesday for the jews), was taken by the soldiers later that night, crucified wednesday and put in the grave before sunset – before the sabbath.

    he was in the grave literally three days and three nights: wednesday night, thursday, thursday night, friday, friday night, saturday. he rose saturday at night, which was of course already sunday for the jews. when the women came to the grave at sunrise, the grave was already empty.

    so technically, for our culture, he rose saturday or sunday depending on if it was before or after midnight. for the jews it was sunday. that is why the early disciples started to worship on sundays – because it was the day of the lords ressurection! so when you say that he didn’t ressurect on sunday you are making a statement that is not nor can it be proven. for the jews (for which he came) it was sunday.

  6. Alan Higgins says:

    Even if Easter does have pagan origins, (as Christmas), I still do not see anything wrong with Christians celebrating it today. Are you telling me that remembering the death of Jesus, the reason why he did it, i.e. to reconcile man back to God, and remembering his resurrection is a bad thing? In the same way, remebering the reason why Christ came into this world at Christmas is not in and of itself wrong but a good opportunity to let people know about he gospel. Its probably the only times that they might have a slight interest. Should we not seize the opportunity? How far do we take it? For example, Sunday is named after the sun god. Do we stop talking about days of the week? I know we talked about this on Sicarii’s site and I read your comments, but I still hold on to Romans 14 and 1 Cor 8. If your conscience does not permit you to celebrate this time, then fair enough but there is no explicit scripture forbidding Christians to do so

  7. Amen to that. “Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.” (Colossians 2:16-17)

    One more interesting point: today I learned, that the word “Easter” doesn’t come from some goddess “ostera”, as some people claim, but it comes from ‘eos’/’eostere’ which means sunrise. (That’s why the East is called the East, because it is where the sun rises)

    Up to this day churches have sunrise services on easter sunday morning because that’s when the women went and saw the empty tomb. So the name is not pagan.

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