The Crucifixion of Jesus
On this day that we call Good Friday when we remember the crucifixion of Jesus, allow me to share some favorite quotes along with Mark’s account of Jesus’ death.
Jesus was crucified, not in a cathedral between two candles, but on a cross between two thieves. – George F. Macleod. The cross cannot be defeated, for it is defeat. – Gilbert K. Chesterton. There are no crown-wearers in heaven who were not cross-bearers here below. – Charles Haddon Spurgeon. We need men of the cross, with the message of the cross, bearing the marks of the cross. – Vance Havner. The old cross slew men; the new cross entertains them. The old cross condemned; the new cross amuses. The old cross destroyed confidence in the flesh; the new cross encourages it. A.W. Tozer.
33 And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 35 And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, he is calling Elijah.” 36 And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.”
37 And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. 38 And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” (Mark 13:33-39).
Rene Lacoste, the world’s top tennis player in the late 1920s, won seven major singles titles during his career, including multiple victories at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the French Open. His friends called him “Le Crocodile,” an apt term for his tenacious play on the court.
Lacoste accepted the nickname and had a tiny crocodile embroidered on his tennis blazers. When he added it to a line of shirts he designed, the symbol caught on. While thousands of people around the world wore “alligator shirts,” the emblem always had a deeper significance for Lacoste’s friends who knew its origin and meaning.
The cross, an emblem of Christianity, holds special meaning for every friend of Christ. Whenever we see a cross, it speaks to us of Christ’s tenacious determination to do His Father’s will by dying for us on Calvary. What a privilege to know Him and be included in His words to His disciples: “No longer do I call you servants…but I have called you friends” (Jn. 15:15).
I can picture a friend of Lacoste seeing the little alligator on someone’s shirt, and saying, “I know the story behind that emblem. Lacoste is my friend.” And I can picture a friend of Jesus seeing a cross and doing the same. (Copied). Friends of Jesus will gather globally in 48 hours to celebrate the reality of the resurrection following the brutal death of our Lord Jesus 2000 years ago. When we see the cross, we are broken. When we see the empty tomb, we are blessed. To all of you that are blessed to be His friends, “Happy Easter!”