The Cross (Luke 22-23)

Betrayed by a disciple; exhausted by sorrow; arrested by armed men; disowned by his friends; condemned by the authorities; denounced by the crowd; handed over by a coward; mocked by his captors; crucified next to criminals; abandoned by his Father.

This is how Luke describes the last few hours before Jesus dies. Jesus has spent three years demonstrating kindness, healing the sick and captivating the crowds, but his life ends in the most brutal, bloody way imaginable. This doesn’t sound like a happy ending and yet Luke is convinced that this is good news that’s worth sharing with the world.