Day 39 – Friday 04-02 (Good Friday)
25 Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home. 28 After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
To nearly His last breath, our savior showed us how to care for each other. It is the act of showing God’s love that pleases Him. As sad and difficult as this passage is to read, we must always remember that crucifixion and death are only the precursor to the resurrection and the life of Jesus Christ.
In place of spoken prayer, let us contemplate in silence the last moments of Jesus’ life, his sacrifice, and what it accomplished for us.