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Summary: On this Good Friday, we are going to meditate upon Christ’s Words from the Cross, with the prayer that they will reveal to us something of the amazing grace of our Lord Jesus.

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GOOD FRIDAY – SEVEN WONDERFUL WORDS

OPENING TEXT:

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8).

CHRONOLOGY OF GOOD FRIDAY:

1:00 am Jesus’ Prayer and Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane.

(Matt. 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-45; John 18:1).

1:30 am Jesus is Betrayed and Arrested.

(Matthew 26:47-56; Mark 14:43-52; Luke 22:47-53; John 18:2-11).

2:00 am Trial 1: Irregular, unauthorized trial at Annas’ house. (Annas = ex-high priest

of the Jews). (John 18:13-23).

3:00 am Trial 2: Unofficial trial at Caiaphas’ palace. They asked Jesus, “Are you the

Christ?” He said, “I am.” Then Jesus was mocked, beaten and spat upon. He is

betrayed by Peter. (Caiaphas = the high priest). (Matthew 26:57-68; John 18:24).

6:00 am Trial 3: Formal, official trial before Sanhedrin in their chamber. (Sanhedrin =

Jewish council of 70 ruling men). (Mark 15:1; Luke 22:66-71).

6:30 am Trial 4: First interrogation by Pilate. (Pilate = governor of Judea). Pilate says,

"I find no guilt in this man." (Matt. 27:1-2;11-14; Luke 23:1-7; John 18:28-38).

7:00 am Trial 5: Audience / mockery before Herod Antipas. Herod put a robe on Jesus

and mocked him (Herod = governor of Galilee). (Luke 23:8-12).

7:30 am Trial 6: Final judgment of Pilate. Pilate wants to let him go but they demand

crucifixion. (Matt. 27:26; Mark 15:15; Luke 23:23-24; John 19:16).

8:00 am Jesus is scourged by the Roman soldiers in the Praetorium (court). He is

scourged; crown of thorns. (Matt. 27:27-31; Mark 15:16-19; John 19:1-3).

9:00 am Jesus forced to carry his cross, then He is crucified.

(Matt. 27:31-34; Mark 15:20-23; Luke 23:26-32; John 19:16-17).

12:00 noon Momentous final three hours on the cross. (All Gospels).

3:00 pm The Death of Jesus. (All Gospels).

BIG IDEA: On this Good Friday, we are going to meditate upon Christ’s Words from the Cross, with the prayer that they will reveal to us something of the amazing grace of our Lord Jesus.

QUOTE: “It is fitting that every word of our Lord upon the cross should be gathered up and preserved. (They) have frequently been the subject of devout meditation.” (Charles Spurgeon).

1. THE FIRST WORD: FORGIVENESS:

“Then Jesus said, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34).

• The first word speaks FORGIVENESS to us. Amazing grace!

• The Good News of the Gospel – through Jesus death on the Cross, we are forgiven!

2. THE SECOND WORD: SALVATION & HOPE:

“Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, "If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us." But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, "Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong." Then he said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom." And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise." Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.” (Luke 23:39-44).


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