D. L. Pitches in his Parables for Good Friday, says:
Simon the Rock stood in the corner saying
“I do not know this man”
and the man speaking with his eyes turned
“You are telling the truth, Peter.
You do not know me, but I do know you.”
Pilate, charged with judicial murder,
washed his hands and pleaded “self-defence”
upon being told “but the man did not threaten you”
he said “No, but his enemies did.”.
Judas in remorse commits suicide
When asked “Why did you need the money, Judas?”
he replied “How else could I afford a field, a tree and a rope?”
Whatever the day, whatever the year, we are all called to face the cross of Christ. We all must go there sooner or later, to stand before the one who alone, silently, asks all humans individually, “Who do you say that I am? What do you think I am doing here?” This is the place where the Eternal God will meet us – each and every one.
And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. Matthew 27: 50-51
We worship and adore you, Lord Jesus – Messiah – Son of God – because by your cross and passion and wondrous resurrection, you have redeemed the world.
Now read Matthew 27: 45-61.