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 MOCKED ON THE CROSS–10 AM
Two rebels were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!” In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” In the same way the rebels who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.