Friday, March 30, 2018

Good Friday

Jezus przed Pilatem - Mihály Munkácsy
Then the Jewish leaders took Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of the Roman governor. By now it was early morning, and to avoid ceremonial uncleanness they did not enter the palace, because they wanted to be able to eat the Passover. So Pilate came out to them and asked, “What charges are you bringing against this man?” John 18:28-29
“What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him. But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?” 
They shouted back, “No, not him! Give us Barabbas!” Now Barabbas had taken part in an uprising. John 18:38-40
Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they slapped him in the face. 
Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews gathered there, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against him.” When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!” 
As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!” John 19:1-6
“Shall I crucify your king?” Pilate asked. 
“We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests answered. 
Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. John 19:15-16
Christ Carrying the Cross - Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.

Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: jesus of nazareth, the king of the jews. Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews.”

Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.” John 19:17-22
Christ on the Cross - Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home. John 19:25-27
Christ on the Cross - Carl Heinrich Bloch
Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:28-30
It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.

The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.” When all the people who had gathered to witness this sight saw what took place, they beat their breasts and went away. But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things. Luke 23:44-49
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Now we wait for the darkness of Death to be lifted.

And it shall be...


  1. As this is a religious post, I shall make no comment except: Thanks for the post.

    Paul L. Quandt

  2. Good Friday. That means it's a very important holy day for Catholics. Fasting and abstaining from meat is on today's menu. It's also my 50th birthday. Want to talk about Catholic guilt? Co workers want to take me out for lunch (but I'm supposed to fast). I should go to Good Friday services to hear the Passion story that you've written above, but want to do SOMETHING for my birthday. Ugh.

    1. God will understand. The big JC has a birthday, too. Go and enjoy, just don't over-enjoy (which will keep you from being catatonic after lunch anyways.)

      Happy Birthday. Maybe consider a tuna sandwich for lunch?

    2. Haha. Will do. They assuaged my guilt by bringing me birthday donuts. Dinner at the Bali Hai tonight.

    3. And yes, Happy Birthday Tuna. Enjoy dinner!

  3. He died on the cross, both of God and Man, even questioning his existence and his father. Yet he died for us all, for those who came before him so they had a path from Hell, and those who would die after him, giving them Eternal Forgiveness if they asked sincerely for it.

    A divine moment, one which signified Mankind going from spiritual children with a set of rules to follow, to spiritual adults, with moral guidelines.

    All to save us from Hell itself, from Eternal Damnation.

    Let us hope that We continue to be deserving of His Forgiveness in the future.

    1. Andrew, shoot me an email at oldafsarge (at) gmail (dot) com.

      I have a proposition for you, which Juvat will, no doubt, second.

    2. If it is about what I think it may be about, I ( even though I have no authority to do so ) hardily agree.


    3. Travelling to Maine to clean the kitty boxes isn't something I'm interested in. Other offers have been tended, though, and I will have to see if I am up to those.

      Thanks, Paul, for hardily agreeing to whatever you were agreeing to.

      I will be scared if I have otaku.

    4. I mean, Little Rhody. Not Maine, though I remember the Maine.

    5. "Thanks, Paul, for hardily agreeing to whatever you were agreeing to."

      Well, you know me, always ready to mind everyone else's business; butt in where I'm not wanted and generally make a fool of myself.


    6. That is me in meat-space. I have size 13EEE feet and they spend far too much time in my mouth when I am with 'real' people.

      Here I can somewhat edit my weirdness. Somewhat. And there's always the threat of Mrs. Andrew peeking over my shoulder and pointing out my lack of socialness, in a pointed way, which might sink into my thick skull one of these days. Doesn't help that I have a mind like a ferre... SQUIRREL... t. So, a dose of heavy self-edit which I cannot do in person is why I come across so glib and debonair here.

    7. That must be why I enjoy your comments so me much, we are much alike.

      Paul L. Quandt


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