Good Friday: The Death of Jesus

Today is Good Friday, where Christians remember Jesus’s suffering and death on the cross in atonement for our sins. Many Christians don’t think much about this, and are perhaps overly-focused on the resurrection that we celebrate Sunday. Today, however, is the center of the story. Today is where Jesus bought our salvation with his life.

The pain he endured for us is more than any of us will ever have to experience. Crucifixion on its own was a sadistic Roman method of institutional murder that put its victims through incredible pain and suffering, but even before his execution Jesus suffered humiliation, beatings, and insults. They even mocked him on the cross, as if the cross itself were not enough.

This is the part of the story we ponder today. This is, indeed, the whole point of the story. Jesus—the Son of God—condescended to humiliation, suffering, and death so that you, me, and all the other undeserving sinners might have eternal life.

The Anima Christi (‘Soul of Christ’)
14th Century, Author Unknown

Anima Christi, sanctifica me.
Corpus Christi, salva me.
Sanguis Christi, inebria me.
Aqua lateris Christi, lava me.
Passio Christi, conforta me.
O bone Jesu, exaudi me.
Intra tua vulnera absconde me.
Ne permittas me separari a te.
Ab hoste maligno defende me.
In hora mortis meae voca me.
Et iube me venire ad te,
Ut cum Sanctis tuis laudem te.
In saecula saeculorum.
Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from the side of Christ, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O good Jesus, hear me
Within Thy wounds hide me
Separated from Thee let me never be
From the malignant enemy defend me
In the hour of my death call me
And bid me come unto Thee
That with thy saints I may praise Thee
Forever and ever

Scott Bradford is a writer and technologist who has been putting his opinions online since 1995. He believes in three inviolable human rights: life, liberty, and property. He is a Catholic Christian who worships the trinitarian God described in the Nicene Creed. Scott is a husband, nerd, pet lover, and AMC/Jeep enthusiast with a B.S. degree in public administration from George Mason University.