March 29, 2013

Darkness Fell over the Whole Land …


Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with Him to be executed.  

When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified Him there, along with the criminals—

one on His right, the other on His left.

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at Him.

They said, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”

The soldiers also came up and mocked him.

They offered him wine vinegar and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”

There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the king of the Jews.

One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at Him:

“Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”

But the other criminal rebuked him.

“Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence?  We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But This Man has done nothing wrong.”

Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”

Jesus answered him, “Truly I say to you, today you will be with Me in paradise.”

It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour,
the sun being obscured.
And the veil of the temple was torn in two.
Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit My Spirit.”
When He had said this, He breathed His last.

Luke 23: 32-46

1 comment:

Christina (fivewalkers) said...

"It is finished."
Thank you for this reflection.