(This is part 7 of an 8-part series on the last days of Jesus by Pastor Gilbert Owens, Kingdom of God Ministries Church, highlighting the key events of Jesus Christ last days leading up to His crucifixion and resurrection. This series based on Owens study and research.)
It is now after midnight as Friday begins. Jesus and his eleven disciples are in the Garden of Gethsemane. The 12th disciple, Judas, arrives in the Garden with Temple guards. In order to notify the guards of who Jesus is, Judas greets Jesus with a kiss. The guards quickly grab Jesus and arrest Him. Peter takes out his sword and cuts of the ear of Malchus, one of the guards and servant of the High Priest, in an attempt to rescue Jesus. Jesus stops Peter and miraculously replaces the ear of Malchus.
Jesus is immediately taken to the home of Annas, who is the father-in-law of the current High Priest, Caiaphas. Annas as the former High Priest is the one who really has the true religious power in Jerusalem. Annas, illegally, interrogates Jesus and later orders the Temple guards to take Jesus away, where they spend time brutalizing Him. While Jesus is away, the high religious court called the Sanhedrin is called to assemble to conduct an illegal trial against Jesus. While all of this is going on, the disciple Peter is standing by outside and denies that he knows Jesus three times.
Dawn is breaking and Jesus is condemned to death by the High Priest Caiaphas and the Sanhedrin court. Judas out of disgust for betraying Jesus hangs himself as morning breaks. The court sends Jesus to Governor Pilate who finds no fault with Jesus. Pilate upon learning that Jesus was a Galilean sends Jesus to King Herod who had the proper jurisdiction on this matter. King Herod sends Jesus back to Pilate, but before doing so, he employs his guards to mock Jesus by place a robe and crown of thorns upon His head.
By now it is early Friday morning. When Jesus arrives back to Pilate, he confronts Jesus as to whether he was a King. Jesus answer to Pilate clearly indicated that He was a king but His Kingdom was not of this world. Still finding no fault in Jesus, Pilate orders that Jesus be scourged to appease the Jews. Jesus was taken out and given 39 stripes upon his body. Jesus was brought back to Pilate and Pilate, in accordance to custom, allowed the people to decide if Jesus or another prisoner named Barabbas would be set free. The Jews, at the behest of the priests, cried out “Crucify Him,” meaning Jesus.
Jesus is again, beaten and mocked. His beatings left him weak and unrecognizable. He was sentenced by Pilate to be crucified on a cross at Golgotha hill. In his weakened and close to death condition, Jesus was forced to carry His own cross. When his strength would not allow Him to do so, an African from Cyrene named Simon was forced to carry Jesus cross.
Jesus was nailed to the cross on Golgotha Hill at around 9am on this Friday morning. The accounts of Jesus first three hours on the cross from 9am to 12 noon can be found in Mark 15:22-32. The account of Jesus last three hours on the cross from 12 noon to 3pm can be found in Matthew 27:45-56.
Sometime shortly after 3pm on Friday, Jesus speaks his last words by saying, “IT IS FINISHED.”
Joseph of Arimathea, a member of the Sanhedrin, who secretly believed in Jesus, went to Pilate to ask for Jesus body because at sunset the Sabbath would begin and Jesus body could not be touched. Pilate was surprised to hear of the death of Jesus so quickly because it usually takes 2-3 days for men to die on a cross. Later, the High Priest also came to Pilate and request that he place guards around the tomb where Jesus would be buried. Friday was a terrible day for Jesus but it was a great day for all of mankind.
On Saturday, Jesus tomb was secured and guarded.
Pastor Gilbert Owens
Kingdom of God Ministries Church