Day 5 of our journey through Passion week. We have been reading through the Gospel of Mark three chapters a day this whole week. We have been preparing our hearts and minds once again this year to see the death of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We know that without Good Friday there is no Easter Sunday. We witness the death so that Jesus’ resurrection is that much sweeter. Read chapters 13-15 of Mark. Watch the video that is posted above of Pastor Ron. After hearing from him add your thoughts. What is it that grabbed your heart as you read the Word today?

Today is Good Friday and so many wonder why we would call the death of a man on a cross, “Good.” Many people equate the word Good with Happy or Joyful. That is where the misunderstanding comes in. Good Friday is usually marked with prayer, fasting, focus on suffering, and a general sense of soberness. Good Friday has always challenged mere human goodness. It’s a sad commemoration which reminds us that in the face of sin, our goodness does nothing. Only One is good enough to save us. Because Jesus did, it is cause for celebration.

Here are a couple of my thoughts on chapters 13-15:

Chapter 13:11- “Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.” Jesus was speaking to his disciples about a time that will come when it will be difficult to be a follower of Jesus. We do not have to be burdened about what we will say or what people will think, the Holy Spirit will have a message we can declare. Stand firm, be on guard for there will be those who will want to shake us and take our confession.

Chapter 14:31- “But Peter insisted emphatically, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the others said the same.” Sometimes we leave Peter out to dry in this whole matter, but it stood out to me today that “all the others said the same.” How quickly, when push came to shove, the disciples could not bear what Jesus was going to endure. Verse 50- “Then everyone deserted him and fled.” Jesus knew what would happen as they all abandoned him. Post-resurrection this will change. Lord, may your followers always be able to stand for you!

Mark 15- The Passion story unfolds. The leaders spur on hatred and it catches on. The people present there shout “Crucify him!” The shame of a trial, the false accusers, the corrupt leaders looking to eliminate a threat to their power…all catch my attention. But I want to focus on verse 39- “And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, he said, ‘Surely this man was the Son of God!'” This statement brings me back to the beginning of the book Chapter 1:1, “The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” The purpose for writing the book was to show that Jesus was who he said he was. We have a Roman Centurion at Jesus’ death who finally gets it. We preach and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We know that by the power of the Holy Spirit, hearts will be opened and changed even at the sight of his death.

May God’s peace be with you on this solemn day of Good Friday.

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