29 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, 30 come down from the cross and save yourself!” 31 In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! 32 Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him.
The Death of Jesus
33 At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 34 And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). 35 When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.” 36 Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said. 37 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. 38 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!” (Mark 15:29 – 39)
Theme: If not You, then Who?
Today we celebrate one of the most important days in the Christian calendar, Good Friday. As we have examined Jesus’ final week of earthly ministry over the last four days, we have considered His identity, integrity, investments, and intimacy. Today, as we look to the cross, we can only conclude that Jesus is incomparable. Along so many dimensions, what Jesus did for humanity by dying on the cross is matchless. The grace, mercy, and love He demonstrated changed the course of human existence. Because of His sacrifice, we now have access to the Kingdom of God, our sins can be forgiven, and eternal life secured. “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12). There is nobody like Jesus!
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Please spend some quality time today reflecting on all that Jesus has done for you, and share any reflections that others could benefit from.