WE WORSHIPED OUR WAY INTO THIS MESS
AND BY GOD’S GRACE WE WILL WORSHIP OUR WAY OUT!
EACH DAY OF THIS HOLIEST OF WEEKS
WE WILL BE WORSHIPING:
FOCUSING ON THE SAVIOR AND THE MYSTERIES
THAT HAVE THE POWER TO TRANSFORM
OUR HEARTS OF STONE INTO HEARTS OF FLESH.
THERE IS ALWAYS THE DANGER, WHEN LOOKING AT FAMILIAR PASSAGES,
TO ASSUME WE KNOW WHAT IS THERE WITHOUT REALLY LOOKING.
SO ASK HIM TO OPEN THE EYES OF YOUR HEART
THAT YOU MIGHT SEE THE DEPTH OF HIS LOVE FOR YOU.
1. Share any comments on the above.
2. What plan do you have to make this week as meaningful as possible? Jesus was on the cross on Good Friday from 9 to 3 — what might you do to remember Him during that time?
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE SONGS THAT HELP YOU WORSHIP AND GO WITH THESE PASSAGES ALL THROUGH THE WEEK.
MONDAY: THE CROWN OF THORNS AND THE PURPLE ROBE
3. Read John 19:1-16
A. What did Pilate do (verse 1) and why, since he believed Jesus was innocent? What was his sin beneath the sin, do you think?
B. According to verses 2 and 3, what did the soldiers do, and what point were they trying to make?
C. Give examples from this passage of Pilate fearing God, yet not as much as he feared the people.
D. Why do you think Jesus was silent before His accusers?
E. Describe the exchange between Jesus and Pilate in verses 10-11.
F. Sometimes I have heard it said, “All sin is the same in God’s eyes.” How do the words of Jesus to Pilate seem to contradict that?
G. How was this passage a fulfillment of Isaiah 53:7?
Tuesday-Thursday: STRIPPED OF HIS ROBE AND GARMENTS: NAKED FOR US
Pilate caves, now declaring guilty the One he said was innocent, delivering him to be crucified.
The Chief Priests fall upon Jesus like greedy lions on their prey:
Many bulls encompass me,
strong bulls of Bashan surround me,
they open wide their mouths at me,
like a ravening and roaring lion.
Then they strip him of his garments,
his robe and his seamless undergarment.
He was raised on the cross,
despising the shame:
all for us.
a company of evildoers encircles me;
they have pierced my hands and feet —
I can count all my bones —
they stare and gloat over me;
they divide my garments among them,
and for my clothing they cast lots.
Psalm 22 was a mystery before the crucifixion of Jesus — for none of this ever happened to David. But how closely John’s gospel account follows Psalm 22. Let us contemplate what the nakedness of Christ on the cross meant for us.
5. Read John 19:17-22
A. What had Jesus already endured physically before this? (John 19:1)
B. Now what must He do according to verse 17? (This was probably the crosspiece, weighing about 110 pounds. He would then lie on it while they nailed his wrists to it, and they would hoist him to the perpendicular piece in the ground before they nailed his feet.)
C. How does Pilate attempt to absolve himself of guilt for delivering Christ to be crucified?
6. Read John 19:23-27
A. What did the soldiers now do with the garments of which they had stripped Jesus?
B. In the midst of His suffering, what does Jesus do according to verses 26-27 and why?
“Men were ordinarily crucified naked (Artemidorus II. 61). Jewish sensitivities, however, dictated that men ought not to be publicly executed completely naked, and men condemned to stoning were permitted a loin-cloth (M. Sanhedrin VI. 3). Whether the Romans were considerate of Jewish feelings in this matter is unknown.” (The Gospel According to Mark, comment at Mark 15:24). Many, such as John MacArthur, feel that the hatred toward Jesus would have prevented consideration and Hebrews 12:2 talks about his shame. We do not know whether he was naked or had a small bit of covering, but in any case, he was stripped, vulnerable, and exposed. In the sermon this week, Keller seemed to believe he was naked and talks about what that means for us — that He was naked so we would not need to be. You are your most vulnerable when you are naked — to elements and to eyes. He takes us back to the garden, when Adam and Eve sewed fig leaves to cover their nakedness. Our fig leaves are our idols, but because Christ bore our shame, we are now covered, not with fig leaves, but with His righteousness. Listen to this week’s sermon. (It is not free — but excellent. There is a free optional sermon on Good Friday if you choose to listen.) Here is the link: (We’ve been having trouble with this link – but it works if you cut and paste it in your browser.
GOOD FRIDAY: HE HAS DONE IT!
Psalm 22:1 begins with:
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Psalm 22:29-31 closes with:
All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship,
before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
even the one who could not keep himself alive.
Posterity shall serve him;
it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation;
they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn,
that he was done it.
Jesus was on the cross the same hours the Passover Lambs were sacrificed: 9 to 3. You may want to listen to this sermon and comment on it during that time. It is free:
Saturday: Low in the Grave He Lay, Jesus My Savior, Waiting the Coming Day, Jesus my Lord:
We studied the crucifixion in our Bible study and one of our members, who has not yet placed her trust in Christ, said it was so sad she had to go home and read what happened next. Oh our anticipation for tomorrow!
8. What is your take-a-way this week and how can you use it to prepare your heart for tomorrow?