Friday, April 2, 2010

Good Friday. From the book of Mark ch. 15

When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And at three Jesus cried out with a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?" which is translated, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?"
When some of them standing there heard this, they said, "Look, He is calling for Elijah!" Someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, fixed it on a reed, offered Him a drink and said,"Let's see if Elijah comes to take him down!"
But Jesus let out a loud cry and breathed His last. Then the curtain of the sanctuary was split into from top to bottom. When the centurion, who was standing opposite Him, saw the way he took His last breath, he said, "This man really was God's Son!"
There were also women looking on from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. When He was in Galilee, they would follow Him and help Him. Many other women had come up with Him to Jerusalem.
When it was already evening, because it was preparation day, the day before the Sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Sanhedrin who was himself looking forward to the kingdom of God, came boldly and went in to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body. Pilate was surprised that He was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him whether He had already died. When he found out from the centurion, he gave the corpse to Joseph. After he bought some fine linen, he took Him down and wrapped Him in the linen. Then he placed Him in a took cut out of the rock, and rolled a stone against the entrance to the tomb. Now Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses where watching where He was placed. be continued

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