The story began with two words-“Follow me.” And they would. For more than three years they walked with him wherever he went. They were there to celebrate with him when someone said “I believe.” They were with him when those that wouldn't believe tried to kill him.
Day after day they listened to his teachings. They didn't always understand, but they always listened. They didn't know their lives were being changed with each step of their journey. They stood with the crowds when Jesus performed miracles never before seen. They stood close by his side when they were afraid to go on.
For more than three years they walked with him. Did the time go by too fast for them? Suddenly their time together was no longer measured in years or months…or even days. Known only to Him there were only hours left before his journey would end.
After three years, late one night they gathered together. The broke bread and supped with him. He knelt before them and gently washed the dirt away that had stained their feet as they walked with him.
Hours passed, night became early morning. He asked them for the last time to follow him. In a garden he wept to his Father…while they slept…no words of prayer leaving their exhausted minds.
In the dark shadows of the night the one who would betray him lead a band of soldiers to the garden.
A kiss of treachery
He was taken
The ones who had walked with him—ran off into the night
They beat him about his face
They laid stripes upon his back
They beat him again and placed a crown of thorns upon his brow
One who had followed him, who had loved him with unmeasurable passion sat in the courtyard close enough to see the blood run down the face of his Lord…then denied him, once, twice, three times
Their eyes met…one filled with love…the other filled with shame…he ran into the night—away from the one he had walked with
The crowds screamed—“Crucify him”
On a hill called Calvary the pierced him, hung, arms spread wide, nailed to a tree
It began with two words—“Follow Me.”
On that Friday it ended with three words—“It is finished.”
Today is Good Friday. “Good” because of God.
Do you hear Him?
Today is Good Friday…a good day to begin a walk with Him.