Through the day, I’ll follow the timeline of Jesus’ death as presented by the gospels with some thoughts. To read the whole Good Friday story, check out Matthew 27:1-61, Mark 15:1-47, Luke 23:1-56 and John 18:28-19:42.
Reflections on 6am-9am
- I find it interesting that the Jewish leaders were pretty interested in being ceremonially clean so they could participate in Passover. However, they weren’t so concerned about having a guy executed. Their language, as recorded, has them frequently seeming “hands-off” in the whole situation.
- Their response to Pilate, “If he weren’t a criminal, we wouldn’t have brought him to you” is a lame attempt to deflect accountability. In other words…”Of course he’s guilty. Why? We say so.”
- Poor Pilate. He’s been played.
- “What is truth?” That’s really the question, isn’t it?
- Barrabas- translated, it means “son of God”. Kind of ironic. The choice the people made was “son of God” over “Son of God.” We frequently choose man (self) over God.
- Pilate starts to realize that he’s in trouble and has Jesus beaten to placate the crowd.
- When he hears about Jesus’ claim to be the “Son of God” he really becomes self-aware. So, he asks Jesus, “Where do you come from?” Too late.
- Pilate then tries to put on his big boy toga. “Don’t you realize that I have the power to let you go?”
- But Jesus is the real authority, and demonstrates it by telling Pilate that God allowed Pilate his role.
- And for the next few hours, Pilate will simply try to get rid of this situation. But, the crowd is growing larger by the moment, and they are loud and angry.