Good Friday

The Greatest Love

It is Good Friday. I am remembering scenes recorded in the Bible that show Jesus’ great love. He prepared for his crucifixion with prayer.

Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray. And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” And going a little farther he fell on his knees and prayed, saying “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” Matthew 26: 36-39

When my husband and I went to Israel, we visited Gethsemane.

Jesus knew his disciples well. He knew that they would be confused and devastated by his arrest and death. He was especially concerned for Simon (Peter).

“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” Luke 22: 31-32

Indeed, Simon was troubled and denied knowing Jesus three times. Outside the Church of St. Peter there is a statue that recalls this incident.

In great pain, suffering on the cross, Jesus made a plea.

And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments. Luke 23: 33-34

Jesus had concern for his mother who was most likely a widow. 

but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman behold your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home. John 19:25-27

After the resurrection Jesus and Simon Peter met at the shore of the sea. Jesus asked Peter if he loves him three times. Peter responded with “yes!”.

Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.” Peter relationship with the Lord was restored. (John 21)

Great love and forgiveness. We must give thanks and follow Jesus! 

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Carol is a follower of Jesus and a wife, mom & grandma. She worked for many years as a childbirth nurse and prenatal educator. She recently retired from clinical work. She has written articles for nursing journals and devotionals. Her novel, Aliisa's Letter, was published in 2010 and she is currently working on another project.

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