In some ways, it may feel counterintuitive to call today, Good Friday.  On Good Friday we remember the death of Jesus.  And while we know that Resurrection Sunday is coming, we are not there yet, we are here in the darkness of this day.  Yet today is good because Jesus’ death wasn’t accidental.  Jesus was not forced to die.  Today we remember that love of God will not be deterred, it will not cower or wilt.  The love of God will go to the end of the line; beyond rock bottom; and into the darkest of night to find and redeem us.

The story of Jesus’ crucifixion and death can be found in Matthew 27:27-44; Mark 15:16-32; Luke 23:26-43; and John 19:16-27.

Luke 23:32-43

32 Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. 33 When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left.

34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots to divide his clothing. 35 And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!” 36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, 37 and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38 There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.”

39 One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 He replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”