Good Friday (Luke 23:26-56)Duncan Brisk, 14th April 2017
Part of the Sermon series, preached at a Fordham Sunday Service service
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23:27 A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him.
23:28 Jesus turned and said to them, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children.
23:29 For the time will come when you will say, 'Blessed are the barren women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!'
23:30 Then " 'they will say to the mountains, "Fall on us!" and to the hills, "Cover us!" '
23:31 For if men do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?"
23:32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed.
23:33 When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals--one on his right, the other on his left.
23:34 Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
23:35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, "He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One."
23:36 The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar
23:37 and said, "If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself."
23:38 There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the king of the jews.
23:39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: "Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself and us!"
23:40 But the other criminal rebuked him. "Don't you fear God," he said, "since you are under the same sentence?
23:41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong."
23:42 Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. "
23:43 Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise."
23:44 It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour,
23:45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.
23:46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." When he had said this, he breathed his last.
23:47 The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, "Surely this was a righteous man."
23:48 When all the people who had gathered to witness this sight saw what took place, they beat their breasts and went away.
23:49 But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.
23:50 Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man,
23:51 who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea and he was waiting for the kingdom of God.
23:52 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus' body.
23:53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid.
23:54 It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.
23:55 The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it.
23:56 Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.