On Apr 14, 2017, AC Soud wrote:
It is now 3:36 p.m. Eastern Standard Time in Jacksonville, Florida, 10:36 p.m., Jerusalem time, on Friday evening before Resurrection Day. Jesus has now been dead for 6 ½ hours. Pilate granted Joseph of Arimathea, a wealthy and educated Jewish leader, the permission to remove Jesus’ body from the cross where He died and bury it in a newly created grave. The Lord’s body has been in that tomb now for approximately 4 hours. The ladies wrapped it in linen cloths about His body, feet, and head, and anointed it with several burial spices. Jerusalem as been deadly quiet for the last several hours especially since it grew midnight dark at only 3 p.m. in the afternoon. The soldiers who crucified Him and the witnesses around the cross of death gave an account that when Jesus was heard to utter the words, “It is finished. Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit”, the earth shook with such earthquake force that 500 graves were stunningly opened and Christian saints were resuscitated and came out alive.
There’s sadness and mourning all around the city here tonight for the Nazarene peasant who has died a cruel, horrifying death after such 3 miraculous years of ministry. His mother, Mary, and Mary Magdalene and other women and some of the Disciples gradually retreated quietly to their homes from this mount called Calvary. Jesus is gone. We will miss Him greatly. Oh, if only the 3 years He was with us could be repeated and extended for years to come…..How great that would be. But it’s over. Jesus, I am grieving for the failed life I lived for you. Shame!
The grave site where Jesus is buried is ominously quiet as if expecting some unusual event, but He’s gone and life will never be the same. Maybe the days ahead will return to normal.
His trials before the Great Sanhedrin and then before the Roman Governor, Pontius Plate, were travesties of justice because there were no witnesses who could document any crime or verify any wrong He committed. Besides the trial were conducted in the middle of the night from 1 a.m. until daybreak at dawn. Nevertheless, the city was in an uproar yelling for His scourging and death, and demanding that some thug and murderer named Barabbas be released in is stead. Imagine, cheering for some robber/murderer’s freedom and killing this Messiah, God’s Son. Who could do that? What an awful day this has been and more such days are ahead. Oh, God, please !
Psalm 30:5 “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”