The Crucifixion

John 19: 25-34
Isa 52: 13–53:12 / Psa 31 / Heb 4:14-16,5:7-9

…when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs, but one soldier thrust his lance into His side, and immediately blood and water flowed out.
(John 19:34)

‘Twas then the greatest mystery:
Death’s Master died in Calvary.
But now it’s clear for all to see:
Christ’s death was mankind’s victory.

Standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw His mother and the disciple there whom He loved, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into His home. After this, aware that everything was now finished, in order that the scripture might be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I thirst.” There was a vessel filled with common wine. So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop and put it up to His mouth. When Jesus had taken the wine, He said, “It is finished.” And bowing His head, He handed over the spirit. Now since it was preparation day, in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the Sabbath, for the Sabbath day of the week was a solemn one, the Jews asked Pilate that their legs be broken and they be taken down. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and then of the other one who was crucified with Jesus. But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs, but one soldier thrust his lance into His side, and immediately blood and water flowed out. (John 19:25-34)

Reflection

Up to the very end of His life, everything that happened to our Lord Jesus was faithful to the Scriptures. It was no coincidence that the Roman soldiers did not break the legs of Jesus as they did the two thieves who were crucified with Him. ‘Not a bone of his body will be broken,’ it was written in Psalm 34:20. Another passage prophesied: ‘They will look upon him whom they have pierced’ (Zech 12:10). And indeed He was pierced with a lance to make sure that He was already dead.

Today we commemorate the suffering and death that the Source of all Life had to endure in order to free us from eternal death, and show us the true meaning of love. Good Friday brings to us the peace and tranquility of mind that only the knowledge of being saved and loved can bring.

In the quiet of the morning, the whole world seems to have stopped to ponder and meditate on the significance of this day, which is the culmination of God’s Salvation Plan for mankind. Today, our Savior finally takes a deep rest after suffering and dying and accomplishing His divine mission on earth. He had saved His people. None of those who followed Him were lost, except the one who betrayed Him.

This is the most solemn day of the year. Aside from meditative prayers, let us try to spend this day reflecting on how we can transform our moral failures into victories for the Lord. Let us spend the day reading the Bible where we may find guidance.

Today is known as Good Friday because today, Good has triumphed over Evil. Jesus Christ’s death did not mean defeat or failure, but the fulfillment of His words when he said, “Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains but a grain of wheat. But if it dies, it bears twenty, fifty, a hundredfold.” The death of that single grain in Calvary has resulted in billions of grains harvested for God’s kingdom.

Let me see Your death on the cross, Lord Jesus as the triumph of Good against Evil. Lord, let me never be afraid to carry Your cross. Amen.

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