August 15, 2022     8:36 am
118. Week of Forth Sunday in Lent - Friday
Crucify Him, crucify Him!
          Crucify Him, crucify Him!   John 19:6
          Pilate was sadly mistaken to think that scourging Jesus would satisfy the people. When the chief priests and officers saw Jesus, they cried out: "Crucify Him, crucify Him!" Pilate said to them: "Take Him and crucify Him; for I find no fault in Him." The Jews answered him: "We have a law, and by our law He ought to die, because He made Himself the Son of God." When Pilate heard this, he dreaded all the more to order the execution of Jesus. Again he took Jesus with Him into the Judgment-Hall, and asked Him: "Where are You from?" But Jesus gave him no answer. Then Pilate said to Him: "Won't You speak to me? Don't You know that I have power to crucify You, and have power to release You?" Jesus answered: "You would have no power at all against Me, except it were given to you from above; therefore he that delivered Me to you has the greater sin." Now Pilate most earnestly sought to release Jesus. But the Jews insisted on their demand that Jesus be crucified. And the counsel of God also remained unchanged. Jesus must be crucified. And Jesus' prediction must be fulfilled: He must be crucified. And what the prophets had foretold must be done: Jesus must be crucified. Pilate, though shamefully guilty, was but God's instrument in this matter. And the Jews who delivered Jesus, though they were more guilty than this blind heathen, also were but tools in the hand of God. And the mad and howling mob, though their sin was inexpressibly great, nevertheless only echoed the cry of God's great and unfathomable mercy: "Awake, O sword, against my Shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow: smite the Shepherd!" (Zech. 13:7.) For God so willed to give up His only-begotten Son into the shameful death upon the cross for our salvation.
          PRAYER: - I give thanks to You, most merciful God and Father, that You did not spare Your own Son, but delivered Him up for us all to suffer the shameful death upon the cross in our stead and for our salvation. How merciful is Your counsel, and how graciously You have carried it into effect! How earnestly You desire my salvation and that of the whole world! Endow me, I beseech You, with the power of Your Holy Spirit, that in true faith I may comfort myself with Your wonderful mercy and rejoice in it in all eternity. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 15, 2022     8:36 am