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Easter Week 2017 - Saturday

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Saturday: Worst sabbath ever

Jesus was still dead.

Scripture References:
  • Matthew 26:62-66
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Easter Week 2017 - {Good} Friday

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Friday: Good?

Jesus is arrested and is taken as a captive to the palace of the high priest. The Sanhedrin (the Jewish governing body) hold an illegal trial and call unscrupulous witnesses. It was a kangaroo court if ever there was one. The whole assembly was looking for an excuse to condemn him. They got it when he said he was the Son of God. The Jews were indignant. Instead of being cut to the heart in conviction, they tore their clothes in a rage.

And then the beatings begin. These beatings first by the Jews and then by the Romans would continue throughout the day. The Sanhedrin escorts Jesus to Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor of Judea. Pilate sends Jesus off to Herod Antipas, the ruler of Galilee, only to have Antipas send Jesus back to Pilate. The whole affair was a case of  political hot potato. Neither leader wanted the political kryptonite that came with Jesus.

Pilate hatches a plan to set Jesus free, but it backfires and the crowd demands his crucifixion. And on Friday Jesus was crucified. His body was taken down and put in a borrowed tomb.

Jesus was dead.

Scripture References:
  • Matthew 26:57-27:61
  • Mark 14:53-15:47
  • Luke 22:54-23:56
Additional Resources:
  • It's Friday, but Sunday's Comin' (video + transcript of a poetic speech by Pastor S.M. Lockridge via The Gospel Coalition)
  • Love Lustres at Calvary (a Puritan Prayer from the book The Valley of Vision, available in the church bookstore)
  • It Is Finished - an Animation by Full of Eyes

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