Questions, Questions & More Questions

How many questions were asked on that first Good Friday?  Consider the following list from Mark’s gospel account (chapter 15).  Why not take as texts for meditation these questions – the first 6 spoken by the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, the 7th by Jesus who is called the Christ!  Take time with the 7th – look up Psalm 22 and see the original query by David, God’s anointed king!  Perhaps, as some in our circle of influence have discovered this year, you’ll understand why this Friday is called “Good.”

1) Are you the king of Jews? (15:2)

2) Aren’t you going to answer? (15:4)

3) Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews? (15:9)

4) What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews? (15:12)

5) Why? (15:14)

6) What crime has he committed? (15:14)

7) “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (15:34)

The last question, asked by Jesus, is a direct quote from Psalm 22:1.  Why did God forsake His Son?  Because His Son was bearing the Father’s wrath for my sin, my guilt.   “Guilty, vile and helpless we, Faultless Son of God was He, Full atonement—-can it be?  Hallelujah!  What A Saviour!

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