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Holy Week-Friday!!!

Good morning brothers and sisters. Today is Friday and for followers of Christ, it is called Good Friday. But why do we call it good, we all know what takes place on this day. But Jesus, Himself, in John tells why it is good. John 16:7- Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. Here is why it is good. And the biggest reason- He made a way to be reconciled to God for all peoples. Now in the morning of this day, the chief priests and the elders delivered Jesus to Pontus Pilate. Also on this day Judas full of regret, tries to return the money but can not. And he takes his own life because he can't live with what he has done. But back to Pilate. Pilate then questions Jesus. Pilate tries every way not to sentence Jesus to crucifixion. Pilate even offers a known criminal, Barabbas or Jesus. The religious elite gets the crowd to choose Barabbas. Then Pilate then sentenced Jesus to crucifixion. They again mock and beat him. They nail Him to the cross. The robbers, one on each side, mock Him at first. But one has a change of heart. In six hours, Jesus says a few last words. Words that we all need to remember. Matthew 27:45-49. 45- Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. 46- And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" that is, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" You see Jesus' humanity in this. 47- Some of those who stood there, when they heard that, said, "This Man is calling for Elijah!" 48- Immediately one of them ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and offered it to Him to drink. 49- The rest said, "Let Him alone; let us see if Elijah will come to save Him." But lets also look at John. John 19:28-30. 28- After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, "I thirst." 29- Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop and put it to His mouth. 30- So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished." And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. And here in these words, you see the spiritual. You see what total surrender truly looks like. Those words is what saved us all. The sacrifice that we will never understand that Jesus did for us. For you and for me. How can we not live a life according to Him? How can we not be obedient to Him? Be mindful of today but rejoice because we know that it is not truly finished, the physical is just finished. I praise you Lord Jesus! Rise up child of God, rise up!

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