“This man was surely the Son of God!” Mark 15:39 Click To Tweet
In our final Weekly Focus, based on our Lent course in partnership with Hope, we remember the last week of Jesus’s life leading up to his death and resurrection.
‘‘He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.’' JIM ELLIOT (1927–1957) Click To Tweet
Thank you, Jesus, for dying so I can be forgiven and live with you forever. Amen.
‘It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him. They wrote out the charge against him. It read,
THE KING OF THE JEWS.
They crucified with him two rebels against Rome. One was on his right and one was on his left. Those who passed by shouted at Jesus and made fun of him. They shook their heads and said, “So you are going to destroy the temple and build it again in three days? Then come down from the cross! Save yourself!” In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law made fun of him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said. “But he can’t save himself! Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross! When we see that, we will believe.” Those who were being crucified with Jesus also made fun of him.’
Jesus hadn’t committed any crime. He was not found guilty. The men crucified with him were being punished
for the crimes they had committed. Luke, another of the Gospel writers, described how one of the men
had a change of heart. He said, ‘We are getting just what our actions call for. But this man hasn’t done anything wrong.’ Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom’ (Luke 23:41–42).