The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ

Compassion is closed today to honor Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.

It was the day of Preparation of Passover Week, about the sixth hour.

“Here is your king,” Pilate said to the Jews.

But they shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!”

“Shall I crucify your king?” Pilate asked.

“We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests answered.

Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified.

The Crucifixion

So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). Here they crucified him, and with him two others — one on each side and Jesus in the middle.

— John 19:17-18 (NIV)

child's drawing of Jesus' crucifixion

Artwork from Mathare Community Outreach Child Development Center

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  1. Lizzie April 11, 2012

    I think it is kinda ironic that it is called “good” Friday, but it is good because we can live because of Jesus’ death. Prasie God for Easter! He is risen!!

  2. Andrew Toy April 7, 2012

    This is wonderful. I wrote a post on my blog talking about why it’s called “Good Friday,” and why it’s considered good. It’ll be on the main page the whole weekend.

  3. MegB April 23, 2011

    Crucifixion is one most painfull way to punish hard core criminal at that time. But in case of JESUS it becomes more painfull for us coz its JESUS not CRIMINAL. One who have ever seen this procedure can know and feel that all limit of suffering is crossed by GREAR JESUS. No other nomal man like us will going to suffer this for more than half hour. Thats make me very SAD for JESUS that in shake of US they have suffer this HORRIBLE punishment. We are always remain under their obligation for this.

  4. Juli Jarvis April 3, 2010

    Such a powerful image here!

  5. Amy April 10, 2009

    We watched The Passion of the Christ today in church, and my pastor quoted someone after the movie: “Yes, it is Friday, but we have Sunday to look forward to!”

    We serve an awesome God! 🙂

  6. Mike Stephens April 10, 2009

    I am so thankful Jesus went the distance!!!

    Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners Christ died for us!!!”

  7. Vicki Small March 25, 2008

    I admit it: I have a hard time with Good Friday. I grew up in a tradition that generally did a broad jump from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. I later spent some years in a different tradition and really *experienced* the grief of Good Friday. But I don’t especially want to do that, every year! Particularly when we remember His death every time we take communion–which, for some of us, is every week.

    And yet, I know that there can be no Easter celebration, without Good Friday. Sigh!

    1. Kees Boer April 22, 2011

      Vicki, I used to see the communion as a time where we would get all introspective and meditate on our sins and everything that we have done wrong. Because I saw the passage where it said to “examine ourselves” as an admonition to be all introspective. Then I saw the context of that passage was dealing with believers, who took communion to fill their stomach and not for the purpose of remembering what Christ did. Jesus kept on saying to do communion in remembrance of Him. He didn’t say to take it in remembrance of our own faults… Thus now I see communion as a time to reflect on His love for us and how He really cared for us. So, it is a celebration now….

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