(From Tintoretto, via Wikimedia Commons, used w/o permission.)
(Detail from Tintorett's "Crucifixion.")
Nailed to a cross after a night and day of torture and humiliation, Jesus was "raised high and greatly and greatly exalted ... so marred was his look beyond that of man."
"3 See, my servant shall prosper, he shall be raised high and greatly exalted.Today's readings start with the prophet Isaiah's words, and end on a gloomy note:
"Even as many were amazed at him - so marred was his look beyond that of man, and his appearance beyond that of mortals -
"So shall he startle many nations, because of him kings shall stand speechless; For those who have not been told shall see, those who have not heard shall ponder it."
"Now in the place where he had been crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had yet been buried.We call today "Good Friday," which isn't as crazy as it might seem. That's because of what happened a few days later.
"So they laid Jesus there because of the Jewish preparation day; for the tomb was close by."