Podcast 147 | The Easter Story Hello, everyone. And welcome to front porch politics. I am David Ohm Archer host. And welcome to another Faith Friday. This is a very special Faith Friday because it is Good Friday. This is a tradition that I used to do with my students when I taught school. And I'm so thankful to get to have the opportunity to share this with you when I was a schoolteacher. Every year at Easter on Good Friday, I would read the story of the Passion of Christ to my students. Faith Friday #4 will be the traditional reading from the New Testament gospels of The Crucifixion & Resurrection of Jesus Christ our Savior. Faith Friday #4 Introduction It always meant so much to me to be able to share this gospel with my students and to be able to share a little bit about my faith and what my whole life is circled around. So I'm sure that there are some of you who will tune this out, and that's okay. But I do want to remember what is going on in the time frame we want to be reading. I also want you to remember what this time of year commemorates to those of us of the Christian faith. So what I'm going to do is I'm just going to read from different portions of the gospels to share this testimony with you hoping that you can share this with someone, or that you get something out of this and I hope you do. Faith Friday #4 | Beginnings Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers, and they stripped him and put on him a scarlet robe. When they had planted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head. And a reed in his right hand. They bowed their knee before him and mocked him, saying, Hail king of the Jews. And they spit upon him and with the reed, smote him on the head. 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. And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross. And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him. But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children. Faith Friday #4 | Words of Jesus For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck. Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us. For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry? And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death. And when they came to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment and cast lots. The people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God. And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar, and saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself. The Crucifixion And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, This Is The King Of The Jews. And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise. Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.