Good Friday: Jesus Carries His Cross

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Today is Good Friday–the day of Jesus’ death. You don’t need to read my reflections on this day. You need to get caught up in the story of Scripture itself.

We have broken up the relevant text from Matthew’s Gospel, according to an educated guess as to when during the day the events transpired.

JESUS CARRIES HIS CROSS–8:30 AM

Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross. They came to a place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”).

–Matthew 27:27-33

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