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In chapter 19 we read the account of Jesus' trial, crucifixion, and burial. It is still hard for me to imagine what He went through the pain and suffering all for us.
I think of His mother, Mary, and the pain that she went through. As she looked back thinking of how the angel visited her to announce her pregnancy, then the shepherds showing up telling how angels had appeared to them telling of the birth in Bethlehem. Later the Wise Men bringing gifts. The prophecy of Anna and Simone in the temple. His first miracle at the wedding in Cana. And now he was beaten and hung on a cross like a criminal. I wonder what emotions she must have had. Was she confused? Or did you understand that all of this had to happen as part of God's ultimate plan? There must have been such pain and anguish in her heart, but was there also hope? I want to believe that God would have flooded her with His peace.
We know the rest of the story, but what a dark day it must have been for those who knew Jesus personally but didn't understand that this day was why He was born.
I love the part in this chapter about Joseph and Nicodemus.