Scripture & Narration
Who has believed our message? To whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, …… A man of sorrows ……
A man of sorrows”… and familiar with suffering …. Like one from whom men hide their faces, he was despised and we esteemed him not. Surely he took up OUR infirmities, and carried OUR sorrows …
Isaiah 53:4b -6
Yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all….. You know what has happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached – how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him … We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem.
They were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were amazed while those who followed were afraid. Again he took the twelve aside and told them what was going to happen to Him.
Six days before the Passover, Jesus arrived at Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead…
The next day the great crowd that had come from the Feast heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, HOSANNA! “BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD! BLESSED IS THE KING OF ISRAEL”.
On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said ….
Now on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread …
…when evening came, Jesus sat down with the twelve.
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying: “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the new testament, which is poured out for man for the forgiveness of sins …
… And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples. So Judas came to the grove, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons …
Then the detachment of soldiers with its commander and the Jewish officials arrested Jesus. The bound him and led him away …
…Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people came to the decision to put Jesus to death. The bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate, the governor.
Pilate called together the chief priests; the rulers and the people, and said to them. “You brought me this man as one who was inciting the people to rebellion. I have examined him in your presence and have found no basis for your charges against him. Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us; as you can see, he has done nothing to deserve death …
Then Pilate took Jesus and scourged him. The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe and went up to him again and again, saying, “HAIL, KING OF THE JEWS!” And they struck him in the face. Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews….
Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. So the soldiers took charge of Jesus and led him away. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the skull, which is called in the Hebrew, Golgotha …
When they came to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, along with the criminals – one on his right hand and the other on his left hand.
And Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “FATHER, INTO YOUR HANDS I COMMIT MY SPIRIT”, … When he had said this, he breathed his last.
But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.
Thank you to Bradley Francis for the video.