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Nisan 14 and This Was God’s Son

April 3, 2015

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But when the army officer and those with him keeping watch over Jesus

saw the earthquake and the things happening,

they grew very much afraid and said:

“Certainly this was God’s Son.”

Matthew 27: 54

The memorial meal is over but Jesus continues to comfort and to teach the apostles many things, some of which they don’t understand until later. The whole of John Chapter 17 is a beautiful prayer to Jehovah full of meaning and love, both for his Heavenly Father and for his faithful apostles. Jesus and the 11 leave the house and go to the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus prays. His sweat becomes as drops of blood. The apostles sleep. An angel comes and strengthens Jesus. Judas arrives with soldiers and the chief priests, and betrays the Son of God with a kiss. Jesus courageously presents himself to the soldiers and tells them to let the others go.

Jesus is brought before Annas, the former high priest, the Caiaphas, the current high priest, then to Pilate, then Herod, then back to Pilate. Peter denies knowing Jesus three times. He is given a travesty of a trial that breaks the Law in several respects. He is beaten with fists and spat on. He is stripped and scourged with a Roman whip called a flagrum or flagellum. (This instrument was a short whip with several single or braided leather thongs of variable lengths in which small iron balls or sharp pieces of sheep bones were tied at intervals) The soldiers braid a crown of thorns and push it down on his head. Pilate attempts to free Jesus but the crowd shout, “Impale him” Impale him!”  The chief priests say that Jesus is guilty of sedition, and when Pilate tries again to release him, they craftily threaten, “If you release this man, you are not a friend of Caesar.” Pilate gives in to this political pressure and hands Jesus over to be executed.

Jesus is made to carry his own torture stake, the heavy beam of wood on which he is then impaled.  He prays for the Roman soldiers, “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” The chief priests, the soldiers and the two men impaled along with Jesus mock and ridicule him. The greatest man who ever lived, the one who shared with Jehovah God in creating all things, resolutely endures all this abuse.

Darkness falls over all the land for three hours.

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