Friday, April 10, 2009

This Is Jesus The King of the Jews

They set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left. And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.

Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God. The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth.

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? ...

Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.

Today is Good Friday. Today Christ was nailed to the cross. Today He hung in agony. Today the earth was darkened and the earth shook and the rocks rent.

Today He was abandoned by everyone, and even left alone by His Father. Today, in pain, He wept, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani--My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?" Today He was alone.

Today He saw us, His children, and pleaded on our behalf, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." Today He was with us.

Today He saw the travail of His soul, and was satisfied, and cried, "Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit. It is finished!" Today He was with God.

Truly this Jesus was the King of the Jews, the Son of the Father, the Savior of the World. Truly this was the Son of God.

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