Random thoughts from Pencefn

…. an engineer, singer and photographer living in Scotland

Holy Week 2013 – Wednesday

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They rise, and needs will have
my dear Lord made away;
a murderer they save,
the Prince of Life they slay.
Yet cheerful he to suff’ring goes,
that he his foes from thence might free.

Here might I stay and sing,
no story so divine;
never was love, dear King,
never was grief like thine.
This is friend in whose sweet praise
I all my days could gladly spend.

The final two verses of Samuel Crossman’s My song is love unknown reflects on the masses calling for the releasing of Barabbas, as recalled by the Luke’s telling on The Passion:

Then a mighty roar rose from the crowd, and with one voice they shouted, “Kill him, and release Barabbas to us!” (Barabbas was in prison for taking part in an insurrection in Jerusalem against the government, and for murder.) Pilate argued with them, because he wanted to release Jesus. But they kept shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”

For the third time he demanded, “Why? What crime has he committed? I have found no reason to sentence him to death. So I will have him flogged, and then I will release him.”

But the mob shouted louder and louder, demanding that Jesus be crucified, and their voices prevailed. So Pilate sentenced Jesus to die as they demanded. As they had requested, he released Barabbas, the man in prison for insurrection and murder. But he turned Jesus over to them to do as they wished.

Luke 23:18 to 25 (New Living Translation)

As I reflected yesterday, when considering the third verse the mob called for crucifixion and the release of murderer Barabbas. The fifth verse again reminds us of this.

Following the crucifixion, Joseph of Arimathea, offered his tomb for the repose of the body of Jesus, again as told by Luke:

Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph. He was a member of the Jewish high council, but he had not agreed with the decision and actions of the other religious leaders. He was from the town of Arimathea in Judea, and he was waiting for the Kingdom of God to come. He went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. Then he took the body down from the cross and wrapped it in a long sheet of linen cloth and laid it in a new tomb that had been carved out of rock. This was done late on Friday afternoon, the day of preparation, as the Sabbath was about to begin.

As his body was taken away, the women from Galilee followed and saw the tomb where his body was placed. Then they went home and prepared spices and ointments to anoint his body. But by the time they were finished the Sabbath had begun, so they rested as required by the law.

Luke 23:50 to 56 (New Living Translation)

Joseph did not agree with the what had happened, although he did not speak out at the time, he felt that he had to do something to ensure that the body of Jesus was treated with respect. A reflection of the last two lines of the hymn:

This is friend in whose sweet praise
I all my days could gladly spend.

As we reach the Tridium, the raw emotion of the Last Supper, the Betrayal and Crucifixion are recalled, leading to the glorious ressurection on the third day – the first Easter Day.

Continuing with Beth’s journey to the Cross with the aid of the Stations of the Cross by Gwyneth Leech, we now reflect on Jesus meeting his Mother and Simon of Cyrene Carrying Jesus’ Cross

Author: Stewart

An instrumentation engineer who enjoys photography and singing. Working in the West of Scotland; a member of St Mary's Cathedral Glasgow and Southwark Cathedral; and a volunteer guard/signalman on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales.

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