St Mark’s Lenten Thoughts: Good Friday

Le Baiser rendu (Judas et Satan)-Molin Le Baiser

Good Friday

Psalm 22 Isaiah 52:13-53:12 Hebrews 10:16-25 John 18:1-19

Good Friday – The most somber day of the year. Many thoughts. Many emotions. Peter – Jesus labeled him The Rock, on which He will build his Church; Peter, who was with Jesus for his 3-year ministry on this Earth; Peter, one of the three disciples at the Transfiguration; Peter denied Jesus – 3 times. How many times have I denied Jesus? How many times have I sinned; when I didn’t do what I should have done? Too many times. Sometimes during my morning run, I pray “Dear Jesus, Please, Please forgive me for my poor decisions, actions and yes, sins. I don’t deserve your love; I don’t deserve your grace – but you give it to me anyway. I don’t know what to say – Thank You seems so inadequate.” Because of me, you accepted your Father’s will and died an excruciating death on the Cross. I used to cringe when the crowd shouts “Crucify Him, Crucify Him!” Surely, I would not be in the crowd shouting that! But because I am a sinner, my actions speak those awful words. That reality is tough to acknowledge.

“Whom are you seeking?” They answered Him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am He.” And Judas, who betrayed Him, also stood with them. Now when He said to them, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground.’ What caused this reaction of terror? Could it have been the Majesty of the person Jesus and/or, His answer, which to Jewish ears conveyed the unutterable name, “Jehovah” (I AM). Did they fall to the ground because they knew they were before the presence of God? To Judas the term must have been familiar and may have brought back a past which may well have made him tremble at the present. They have come to take Jesus by force, but conscience paralyzes all their intentions, and they lay helpless before Him.

I lay helpless before you, Lord. Jesus, thank you, thank you, thank you for being My*Lord & Savior.

Jacques Lasseigne

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