Good Friday 2010

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And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.  And sitting down they watched him there;  And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

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Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.  And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?  Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.  And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.

The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.  Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.  And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

The Gospel of Matthew 27:35-37, 45-53

29 comments

  1. B Balz says:

    Especially poignant post Eric,after the Daily Show last night.

    Happy Easter and Happy Passover to all.

  2. Provocateur says:

    I am fascinated at the concept that Erick, who spends his days verbally ripping, shredding and castigating political enemies of himself and his friends (and encouraging the same thing to occur by his front-page posters on PeachPundit), and then turns around and publicly displays things like this as if to say “I am a devout follower of Jesus, the Son of God.”

    This proves that people like Erick are really nothing but a hypocrite.

    And, I suspect that while Jesus may forgive him of his sins, Erick must first admit and repent of his sins in order for that to occur.

    • Fred Smulavich says:

      I’m especially amused that your name is Provocateur. Who knew PP had sock puppets AND trolls?

      Look at it this way- Although Erick may not be as devout as you would like, he certainly never made any proclamations of personal holiness. Point 2- He is using a well read public forum to spread the Word of Christ. How can you, as a Christian, be upset that a man is using his resources to spread the Good Word just because he doesn’t meet your standards?

      There have been a lot of Christian warriors, and many were brusque with those they opposed. Why would you set up an internal dispute like this?

      • Provocateur says:

        Fred, some self-identified Christians are false prophets and false purveyors of that which they claim they are. If you truly believe Erick is a Christian “warrior” then I would suggest that you, in using that term in so cavalierly a context, are actually working against the values and benefits those devout practitioners of the Christian religion seek to convey to others.

        • Fred Smulavich says:

          Nah, I didn’t mean he was a necessarily a “Christian warrior.” I meant a warrior-who-is-a-christian, not warrior-for-christianity. I was simply saying that there are many types of people and types of Christians, and that you can’t necessarily blanket-identify. Also, as long as the word being spread isn’t a perversion of doctrine, it’s pretty counter productive to have infighting when somebody is working for the cause.

          There’s that old adage about still being human, and I think that judgement should be reserved for the one with the Book unless someone is explicitly preaching false doctrine.

          But hey, your name is Provocateur so we already know which card you’re playing. I’m not getting worked up, I’m merely clarifying.

          • Provocateur says:

            So, why wouldn’t the same concept you use to defend Erick’s actions (i.e., the “adage” about being human) be applicable to the humans he rips apart, eh?

            Oh, and I’m not getting worked-up at all. Just trying to provoke original thinking on this blog. Which is quite challenging with the lemmings here.

      • Provocateur says:

        Uh-huh. I didn’t realize CNN was Erick’s god, but maybe that makes all the more sense now.

      • Game Fan says:

        hehe, that’s awesome. Yeah, despite what some think Lou Dobbs was actually bi-partisan with his stories going primarily after the “business class” and “political class”. His departure is part of the problem of CNN IMHO. Once you get a guy like Lou Dobbs, many will simply “stay tuned” for the next show. And although too intense for some, or, perhaps Lou Dobbs stuff just doesn’t compute with many, fact is, he brought something different. And sadly, it doesn’t compute with many because the stuff ain’t repeated by the talking heads, over and over and over. Sorry to say but this is a sad testimony of the intelligence of many Americans. But hey, Erick definitely stands out with the “outrageous comments” which he eventually “regrets”.

  3. Icarus says:

    I wish you all a Happy Easter weekend, and hope those that celbrated Passover had a great week as well.

    As for a few of the above comments, an annual and predictable occurance, I’ll refer you to last year’s threads here:

    http://www.peachpundit.com/2009/04/10/on-mixing-religion-and-politics/

    And here:

    http://www.peachpundit.com/2009/04/11/the-last-time-jesus-was-on-a-ballot-barabus-won-the-election/

    As for me, I’m planning on taking the weekend off. Normal politics can resume on Monday. Barring anything exceptional happening, I’ll see you all then.

    Whatever your convictions, celebrate something this beautiful weekend.

  4. Jawgadude says:

    A detailed study of historical documents overlayed with the Bible will revela that Jesus was actually crucified on Wednesday and resurrected in the Sabbath (Sunday). Of course a generation more concerned with Easter Egg hunts probably doesn’t care about truth. Still trying to find where in the Bible it says we are to remember Jesus’ sacrifice by hiding colored eggs.

  5. benevolus says:

    I don’t think it’s in the Bible, but the way I heard that colored eggs became associated with Easter is that one of the Marys (probably the Virgin Mother) was demonstrating the concept of resurrection to somebody else and grabbed a nearby egg to use as a prop. The egg miraculously turned (blood) red in her hand.

  6. Miss T says:

    How deep the Father’s love for us that He sent His Son to die for us so that even as we have done nothing to merit salvation, He views us through Jesus’ perfect life.

    Thanks for the post, Erick.

  7. Republican Lady says:

    Thanks for the photo and your post Erick. Very good taste and very needed at this time. Happy Easter to you and yours.

  8. Ludwig Von Beachbum says:

    Thank you Jesus.

    Launching personal attacks here on this is rather stupid.

    Erick is probably as big or a jerk as I am sometimes but damn, some of you don’t know when not to be one.

  9. Game Fan says:

    “The Regular Guys” brought up a good point, that being, why is it called “Good Friday”? It certainly wasn’t a good Friday for Jesus. No, if anything it was a “piss poor excuse for a decent Friday”.

    • Tyler says:

      It was good for humanity. God’s ultimate sacrifice of His Son gave us the opportunity to be with Him when we die. I thank God everyday for His Son Jesus Christ and the infinite love He had for me, you, and all mankind.

  10. sonofliberty says:

    Jawgadude has raised a provable valid point.

    We all know that Jesus rose on Sunday morning….but if he was crucified on….Good Friday…how was He…. in the grave for three days and three nights ? (Matthew 12:40).

    The answer IS….that Jesus was crucified on Wednesday…..

    The Jews celebrated high….Sabbaths….in addition to the weekly 7th day Sabbath. Leviticus 23: 4,5 & 6 references ….holy convocations….”in the fourteenth day of the first month was the Lord’s Passover…and on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread”…..

    The first Jewish month….Abib or Nisan….is our April. Passover…a High Sabbath… and the Feast of Unleavened Bread….a High Sabbath….were celebrated on April 14th and 15th.

    The day Jesus was crucified was the….preparation day…of the Passover celebration … as the Gospel of John tells us in John 19:14; “it was the preparation of the Passover, and about the sixth hour [Pilate] saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!”

    Verse 31 of John 19 tells us that…. because it was the preparation day for a High Sabbath, the Jews besought Pilate to break Jesus’ legs so his body would not remain on the cross on ….the Sabbath Day.

    Passover, Nisan 14 was on a Thursday that year……the Feast of Unleavened bread began the next day, Nisan 15 which was a Friday…..the regular weekday Sabbath was a Saturday….

    The Gospels of Mark and Luke state that the women who annointed the body of Jesus purchased spices…..after the Sabbath….which was the Passover that fell on Thursday, Nisan 14. (Mark 15:42; Luke 23: 52-54).

    Luke says..(Luke 23:56)..they returned and prepared the spices and….rested on the Sabbath…..That Sabbath would have been the regular weekly Sabbath.

    Then, on the first day of the week, Sunday, they went to the tomb to prepare the body……and found the tomb…..empty.

    Our Lord was crucified on a Wednesday, Nisan 13; He spent three days and three nights…..in the heart of the earth..just like Mathew 12: 40 tells us…and rose victorious ….Sunday morning.

    Don’ believe everything you hear from a pulpit…..

    • ByteMe says:

      Don’ believe everything you hear from a pulpit…..

      Sorry, that kind of thinking is not permitted around here.

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