Why Good Friday?


 28And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.
 29And
when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and
a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and
mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!
 30And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.
 31And
after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and
put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.
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 35And 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.
 36And sitting down they watched him there;
 37And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

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 45Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.

 46And
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?
 47Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.
 48And 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.
 49The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.
 50Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
 51And, 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;
 52And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
 53And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

The Gospel of Matthew KJV 27:28-31, 35-37, 45-53
From Matthew Henry’s Precise Commentary 
27:51-56  The rending of the veil signified that Christ, by his death,
opened a way to God. We have an open way through Christ to the throne of
grace, or mercy-seat now, and to the throne of glory hereafter. When we
duly consider Christ’s death, our hard and rocky hearts should be rent;
the heart, and not the garments. That heart is harder than a rock that
will not yield, that will not melt, where Jesus Christ is plainly set
forth crucified. The graves were opened, and many bodies of saints which
slept, arose.

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