John 18:5b-Judas, who was betraying Him, was also standing with them (AMP).
Christians call it Good Friday…How can this be? This is the day that Judas betrayed the Christ.
The day that the legal system failed Him…….
John 18:31a, 38b- Pilate said to them, Take Him yourselves and judge and sentence and punish Him according to your [own] law? On saying this he went out to the Jews again and told them, I find no fault in Him (AMP).
And He endured beatings beyond belief…….
John 19:1-Pilate took Jesus and scourged (flogged, whipped) Him (AMP).
And they shamed and mocked Him with phoney adoration………
John 19:2-And the soldiers, having twisted together a crown of thorns, put it on His head, and threw a purple cloak around Him (AMP).
And He even gave over His own authority.
John 19:11- Jesus answered, You would not have any power or authority whatsoever against (over) Me if it were not given you from above (AMP).
They bartered His clothing.
John 19:23a-Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, one share for each soldier, and also the tunic (the long shirtlike undergarment) (AMP)
How did He ever endure it? He endured it because He knew about Sunday.
John 18:4-Then Jesus, knowing all that was about to befall Him, went out to them and said, Whom are you seeking? [Whom do you want?]
And we know about Sunday too. That’s why when life is tough and we seem to have no hope, we can react the same way as the disciples did.
John 20:20-So saying, He showed them His hands and His side. And when the disciples saw the Lord, they were filled with joy (delight, exultation, ecstasy, rapture) (AMP).
Prayer- Thanks, Lord. Amen
Brenda J Wood