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This upcoming Sunday we, along with so
many other followers of Jesus around the world will be celebrating Easter—the
time when Jesus rose from the dead.
But right now, we’re gathered here
together to remember what happened in the last hours of Jesus’ life as he
suffered and died for us and others.
Jesus’ sacrificial death was necessary
to take care of mankind’s sin and separation from God, a problem which goes
back to the time of Adam and Eve. In the Old Testament, the prophet Isaiah
foretold about the time when Jesus, as the suffering servant, would come to
rescue God’s people and pay for their sins.
The prophet writes in chapter 53:
Who has believed
and to whom has the arm of the Lord been
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
He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
Surely he took up
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of my people he was punished
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.
Yet it was
the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the Lord makes his life
an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the Lord will prosper in
After he has suffered,
he will see the light of life and be
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
because he poured out his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.
As we remember Jesus’ sacrifice for us
we’ll be singing some songs of worship to Him, reading from Mark’s gospel in
the New Testament about his death, and will also be sharing in the Lord’s
Supper. But first let’s pray. (Have someone pray)
Song 1 -
"How Deep the Father's Love for Us" https://youtu.be/SKDujmtyAVk
Verse 1 - How deep the Father's love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure
How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory
Verse 2 - Behold the Man upon a cross
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished
Verse 3 - I will not boast in anything
No gifts no power no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection
Why should I gain from His reward
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom
Song 2 -
"Wonderful Merciful Savior" https://youtu.be/fK6sYVQCqhs
Verse 1 - Wonderful merciful Savior
Precious Redeemer and Friend
Who would have thought that a Lamb
Could rescue the souls of men
Oh You rescue the souls of men
Verse 2 - Counselor Comforter Keeper
Spirit we long to embrace
You offer hope when our hearts
Have hopelessly lost the way
Oh we hopelessly lost the way
Chorus - You are the One that we praise
You are the One we adore
You give the healing and grace
Our hearts always hunger for
Oh our hearts always hunger for
Verse 3 - Almighty infinite Father
Faithfully loving Your own
Here in our weakness You find us
Falling before Your throne
Oh we're falling before Your throne
“On the first day of the Feast of
Unleavened Bread, when it was customary to sacrifice the Passover lamb, Jesus'
disciples asked him, "Where do you want us to go and make preparations for
you to eat the Passover?" So he
sent two of his disciples, telling them, "Go into the city, and a man
carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him. Say to the owner of the house he enters, 'The
Teacher asks: Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?' He will show you a large upper room,
furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there." The disciples left, went into the city and
found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.
When evening came, Jesus arrived with the
Twelve. While they were reclining at the
table eating, he said, "I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me--
one who is eating with me." They
were saddened, and one by one they said to him, "Surely not I?"
"It is one of the Twelve,"
he replied, "one who dips bread into the bowl with me. The Son of Man will go just as it is written
about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better
for him if he had not been born."
While they were eating, Jesus took
bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying,
"Take it; this is my body." Then he took the cup, gave thanks and
offered it to them, and they all drank from it. "This is my blood of the covenant,
which is poured out for many," he said to them. 25 "I tell you the truth, I will not
drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it anew in the
kingdom of God." When they had sung
a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”
The Lord’s Supper
We now invite you to follow Jesus’
example with the disciples and take part in the Lord’s Supper. This is an opportunity for us each to
rehearse the gospel to ourselves as we remember the Lord’s body that was broken
and his blood that was spilt. While salvation
is a free gift, it did not come without immense cost. Thankfully remember Jesus’ loving sacrifice
as you partake in the elements.
If you would like to add some background ambience for communion: "Were
You There When They Crucified My Lord" https://youtu.be/fpSScICWJ9M
“They went to a place called
Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, "Sit here while I
pray." He took Peter, James and
John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to
the point of death," he said to them. "Stay here and keep
Going a little farther, he fell to
the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. "Abba, Father," he said,
"everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will,
but what you will." Then he
returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. "Simon," he said
to Peter, "are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for one hour? Watch and pray so that you will not fall into
temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak."
Once more he went away and prayed the same
thing. When he came back, he again
found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to
say to him. Returning the third time,
he said to them, "Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has
come. Look, the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise! Let us go! Here comes my
Just as he was speaking, Judas, one
of the Twelve, appeared. With him was a crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent
from the chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders. Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with
them: "The one I kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under
guard." Going at once to Jesus, Judas
said, "Rabbi!" and kissed him.
The men seized Jesus and arrested him.
Then one of those standing near drew his sword and struck the servant of
the high priest, cutting off his ear.
"Am I leading a rebellion," said Jesus, "that you have
come out with swords and clubs to capture me?
Every day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, and you did not
arrest me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled." Then everyone deserted him and fled. A young man, wearing nothing but a linen
garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him, he fled naked, leaving his garment behind.”
Song 3 - "My Jesus I Love Thee" https://youtu.be/DVzlUiclXTY
Verse 1 - My Jesus I love Thee I know Thou art mine
For Thee all the follies of sin I resign
My gracious Redeemer my Savior art Thou
If ever I loved Thee my Jesus 'tis now
Verse 2 - I love Thee because Thou hast first loved me
And purchased my pardon on Calvary's tree
I love Thee for wearing the thorns on
Thy brow If ever I loved Thee my Jesus 'tis now
Verse 3 - In mansions of glory and endless delight
I'll ever adore Thee in heaven so bright
I'll sing with the glittering crown on my brow
If ever I loved Thee my Jesus 'tis now
Mark 14:53-15:15 –
took Jesus to the high priest, and all the chief priests, elders and teachers
of the law came together. Peter followed
him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. There he sat
with the guards and warmed himself at the fire.
The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence
against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find
any. Many testified falsely against him,
but their statements did not agree. Then
some stood up and gave this false testimony against him: "We heard him say, 'I will destroy this
man-made temple and in three days will build another, not made by
man.'" Yet even then their
testimony did not agree.
Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, "Are you
not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against
you?" But Jesus remained silent and
gave no answer. Again the high priest asked him, "Are you the Christ, the
Son of the Blessed One?" "I
am," said Jesus. "And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the
right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven." The high priest tore his clothes. "Why
do we need any more witnesses?" he asked.
"You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?" They all
condemned him as worthy of death.”
“Very early in the morning, the chief priests,
with the elders, the teachers of the law and the whole Sanhedrin, reached a
decision. They bound Jesus, led him away and handed him over to Pilate. "Are you the king of the Jews?"
asked Pilate. "Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied. The chief priests accused him of many
things. So again Pilate asked him,
"Aren't you going to answer? See how many things they are accusing you
of." But Jesus still made no reply,
and Pilate was amazed.
Now it was the custom at the Feast to release a prisoner whom the people
requested. A man called Barabbas was in
prison with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the uprising. The crowd came up and asked Pilate to do for
them what he usually did. "Do you
want me to release to you the king of the Jews?" asked Pilate, knowing it was out of envy that the chief
priests had handed Jesus over to him.
But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have Pilate release
Barabbas instead. "What shall I do,
then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?" Pilate asked them. "Crucify him!" they shouted. "Why? What crime has he committed?"
asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, "Crucify him!" Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate
released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be
Song 4 - "Jesus Paid it All" https://youtu.be/Te3CqucTI3o
Verse 1 - I hear the Savior say
Thy strength indeed is small
Child of weakness watch and pray
Find in Me thine all in all
Chorus - 'Cause Jesus paid it all
All, All to Him I owe
Sin had left a crimson stain
He washed it white as snow
Verse 2 - Lord now indeed I find
Thy pow'r and Thine alone
Can change the leper's spots
And melt the heart of stone
(Bridge) - Oh praise the One
Who paid my debt and raise this life up from the dead
Verse 3 - And when before the throne
I stand in Him complete
Jesus died my soul to save
My lips shall still repeat
The soldiers led Jesus away into the
palace (that is, the Praetorium) and called together the whole company of
soldiers. They put a purple robe on
him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him. And they began to call out to him,
"Hail, king of the Jews!"
Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on
him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him. And when they had mocked him, they took off
the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to
A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father
of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they
forced him to carry the cross. They
brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the
Skull). Then they offered him wine
mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it.
And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see
what each would get. It was the third
hour when they crucified him.
The written notice of the charge against him read: THE KING OF THE
JEWS. They crucified two robbers with
him, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by hurled insults
at him, shaking their heads and saying, "So! You who are going to destroy
the temple and build it in three days,
come down from the cross and save yourself!" In the same way the chief priests and the
teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. "He saved others,"
they said, "but he can't save himself!
Let this Christ, this King of Israel, come down now from the cross, that
we may see and believe." Those crucified with him also heaped insults on
At the sixth hour darkness came over the whole land until the ninth
hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried
out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?"-- which means,
"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" When some of those standing near heard this,
they said, "Listen, he's calling Elijah." One man ran, filled a sponge with wine
vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. "Now leave
him alone. Let's see if Elijah comes to take him down," he said. With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. The curtain of the temple was torn in two
from top to bottom. And when the
centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he
died, he said, "Surely this man was the Son of God!"
Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary
Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. In Galilee these women had followed him and
cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem
were also there.
It was Preparation Day (that is, the
day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached, Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of
the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to
Pilate and asked for Jesus' body. Pilate
was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he
asked him if Jesus had already died.
When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to
Joseph. So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in
the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone
against the entrance of the tomb.”
Song 5 - "Nothing But the Blood of Jesus" https://youtu.be/wej1jHtiH-M
What can wash away my sin
Nothing but the blood of Jesus
What can make me whole again
Nothing but the blood of Jesus
O precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow
No other fount I know
Nothing but the blood of Jesus
Hosanna in the highest
Hosanna Hosanna in the highest
(Have the host close the time of worship in