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Sad Friday
« on: Sat Apr 16, 2022 - 09:23:04 »
Jesus' crucifixion was a plus and a minus. For those of us fearful of an eternity suffering in fire, his crucifixion is a very big plus because by it, we have recourse to a God-given safety net.

Isa 53:5 . . But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Isa 53:6 . . All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and The Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

John 1:29 . . Behold the lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

1John 2:1-2 . . If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: and he is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

The minus side to this was his mother's grief.

Luke 2:33-35 . . The child's father and mother marveled at what was said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother; "This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.

Jesus' mom attended his crucifixion. (John 19:25) She saw the crown of thorns on his head; she watched as Roman soldiers drove nails into his hands and feet; and she watched as they cast lots for his garment.

As brutal as all that they had done to her boy, the worst was what God did to Jesus before he passed away.

Isa 52:14 . . Many were shocked when they saw him-- beaten and bloodied; so disfigured one would scarcely know he was a man.

I'm guessing that the bruising, the stripes, and the wounding spoken of by Isa 53:5, that disfigured Jesus beyond recognition per Isa 52:14, was done in private during the three hours of darkness that concealed the cross.

However, though Jesus' mom couldn't see in the dark, she could hear.

Ps 22:1 . . My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? (cf. Matt 27:46)

The Hebrew word for "roaring" is sheagah (sheh-aw-gaw') which means: a rumbling or moan.

In other words: people standing around the cross that day during those three hours of darkness couldn't see anything, but they could sure hear; and what they heard were the dreadful sounds of a man in extreme discomfort as God laid into him for the sins of the whole world.

It's okay to feel pity for Jesus' mom, but let's not make the mistake of feeling sorry for Jesus as if he were the victim of some awful misfortune. It was God's will to crush him; and for a very good purpose. Relative to that purpose I can honestly say: better Jesus on that cross than me in the lake of brimstone depicted at Rev 20:11-15 where folk will have to undergo death akin to a foundry worker falling into a kettle of molten iron.

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Re: Good Friday
« Reply #1 on: Sat Apr 16, 2022 - 10:16:17 »
It is good because of what Hebrews 9 says.

15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.

16 In the case of a will, it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it, 17 because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living. 18 This is why even the first covenant was not put into effect without blood. 19 When Moses had proclaimed every command of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves, together with water, scarlet wool and branches of hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people. 20 He said, “This is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you to keep.”[e] 21 In the same way, he sprinkled with the blood both the tabernacle and everything used in its ceremonies. 22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

23 It was necessary, then, for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. 25 Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. 26 Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

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Re: Sad Friday
« Reply #2 on: Sun Apr 17, 2022 - 11:19:14 »
Incidentally, Jesus' mom became one of his faithful followers.

Acts 1:6-14 . . So when they met together, they asked him: Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel? He said to them: It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by His own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

. . .They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. Men of Galilee --they said --why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.

. . .Then they returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day's walk from the city. When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

I think we safely posit that later, when the flames of God alighted on the group, Jesus' mom was included.

Acts 2:1-4 . .When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

FYI: There's a sculpture in Rome-- called The Pieta --depicting Jesus' mom cradling his lifeless body in her lap. The scene is a fake; an impression. It wasn't taken from the Bible.