Scripture references: From Jesus’s prayer in Gethsemane to the Crucifixion and burial.
It’s Good Friday segueing into Holy Saturday. This is the day we commemorate the Jesus’s crucifixion and burial. We commemorate Jesus’s trial before Pilate and Herod, his being beaten by the Roman soldiers, his bearing his cross through the mean streets of Jerusalem, his crucifixion on the cross before jeering crowds and his sorrowful mother Mary, his death, and his burial in a borrowed tomb.
We have to go back to Maundy Thursday when Jesus was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane alone while his disciples fell asleep. Then it was Jesus alone who was arrested and hauled off by the authorities whilst his disciples punked up and deserted him. It was Jesus alone who bore the brunt of Peter’s three-time denials. It was Jesus alone who was hauled off between the houses of Annas and Caiphas-the High Priests-to be tried all night long in a kangaroo court. It was Jesus alone who was brought before Pilate and Herod to face their questionings; and subsequent beatings by said rulers’ guards. It was Jesus alone who was mocked and brutalized. Save for a little help from Simon of Cyrene, it was Jesus alone who carried his cross through the mean streets of Jerusalem where only days earlier he was lauded. It was Jesus alone who took the nails and was hoisted up onto a cross before mockers and scorners. It was Jesus alone who gave the lone disciple present, John to care for his grieving mother. It was Jesus alone who bore the heat of the sun and felt the pains of thirst and laboring breath. It was Jesus who felt all alone as life slipped from him…
…It was Jesus who died alone. It was Jesus who was alone laid in the tomb…
From his birth, Jesus was a man alone. He was born alone in a manger with lonely parents, far from the comforts of home and friends. He was alone in the wilderness for 40 days as he was tested by Satan. He was alone even as he preached the Kingdom/Queendom of God-despite the company of his disciples. He spent much time alone away from the crowds who followed him, so he can be alone with God. Even on his “good” days, Jesus was alone; knowing he could not fully plunge himself into the typical life of a Judean man thanks to his Divinely-appointed mission. From cradle to the grave, Jesus was alone.
We talk and sing about Jesus’s being alone-especially at this time of the year. However, do we stop to fathom how alone he was? Most of us have lonely moments and may sometimes feel alone, however we still have the presence of friends and loved ones about us. However, Jesus’s alone was different; it was like he was separate, on the outside of life looking in. I think if we were to sit and fathom how alone Jesus was, we’d cry.
Maybe we need to take some time from all the gooey “celebration” and meditate on how alone Jesus been all his life-especially now. Maybe we’ll appreciate him more.