After breakfast, our boys finished their chores and settled down in the sala. I explained to the boys first about the terms used in the Gospels for the hours of the day. The morning starts at 6:00am so when it is the third hour, we count three hours later and the time is 9:00am. At the sixth hour, we count six hours later and the time is 12:00pm. At the ninth hour, we count nine hours later and the time is 3:00pm.
The Jewish day begins the day before at 6:00pm and ends the next day at 6:00pm. Today is Friday, so it began “yesterday,” Thursday, at 6:00pm and will end tonight at 6:00pm. A lot happened on that day. Jesus had His Passover meal with His disciples yesterday, after 6:00pm, and we talked about Jesus washing the feet of His disciples and the significance of it. Afterwards, He and His disciples went to the Mount of Olives. Luke 22:39, “Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and His disciples followed Him.” Gethsemane is in the Mount of Olives.
Jesus took the three disciples closest to Him, and He went to pray to His Father. Mark 14:33, “He took Peter, James and John along with Him, and He began to be deeply distressed and troubled.” Judas came with a crowd and betrayed Jesus with a kiss. Mark 14:45, “Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, ‘Rabbi!’ and kissed Him. Jesus was arrested and stood on trial before many, who accused Him, ridiculed Him and abused Him. He was taken to the High Priest Annas first for questioning. John 18:12-13. Then Jesus was sent to Caiaphas. John 18:24, “Then Annas sent Him, still bound, to Caiaphas the high priest.” Caiaphas accused Jesus of blasphemy and others spit in His face and hit Him.
In the morning, all the high priests and elders decided to put Jesus to death. During this time, Judas hung himself. Jesus was then sent to Pilate, the governor. Pilate found out Jesus was from Galilee and sent Him to Herod. Herod only wanted to see a miracle and when Jesus refused, He was sent back to Pilate. Pilate asked the crowd, “What shall I do, then, with Jesus, who is called Christ?” They all answered, “Crucify Him!” The soldiers put a scarlet robe on Jesus, placed a crown of thorns on His head, a staff in His right hand and mocked Him.
Jesus was crucified in the third hour, which is 9:00am. Mark 15:25, “It was the third hour when they crucified Him.” In the sixth hour, which is 12:00pm, darkness covered the land. Mark 15:33, “At the sixth hour darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour.” In the ninth hour, which is 3:00pm, Jesus cried out, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ Then He breathed His last. At that moment, the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The significance is that it was torn by God.
The Sabbath is approaching and Jesus is taken down by Joseph of Arimathea and placed in a tomb before 6:00pm. Sabbath starts at 6:00pm.
One of our older leaders took it upon himself to clean out the closet in the sala with a few of the boys. It is good to see the servant attitude from our leaders. God has definitely blessed us with hard working leaders. Thank You, Lord.
The older children have a movie night. They will be watching “The Passion.”
Please keep our little one in your prayers. She’s been fighting some cough and congestion.
Lee and Candy