“When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, It is finished! And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.” John 19:30 Amplified
In completing our look at Jesus humanity, this day was the pinnacle of His fleshly life. In His divinity He could have wiped out all of those alive at the time or at least stopped them from doing all the horrible things they did to Him, but He didn’t. Jesus told Pilate that he had no power over Him, but what was given to him by God.
I’ve heard it said that because of the animosity between the Romans and the Jews the soldiers treated Jesus worse than they might normally have treated anyone else. The Jews were the ones who brought Jesus to Pilate, and the Roman government, to be crucified. Jesus was called the King of the Jews and so the Romans felt it would humiliate the Jews to torture and crucify their king. The Roman soldiers were a pretty sadistic group being military men use to killing and fighting. When they were presented with Jesus they had an opportunity to slowly enjoy the craft they had honed in battle. I don’t feel it necessary to list all of the horrible things done to Jesus, if you want to see an accurate depiction just watch the Passion of the Christ.
Jesus allowed Himself to go through the pain and agony of this day to pay for our sins and give us eternal life. It is Good Friday because it was the best thing to ever happen to humanity. May we all praise God for His gift He sent for us and honor Him today. Remember, Sunday’s coming, this isn’t the end!