Ressurection Lutheran Church

Good Friday (4/10/2020)

Grace and peace to you on this Good Friday.

Litany of Remembrance
Let us remember Jesus:
who, though rich, became poor and dwelt among us, who was
mighty indeed, healing the sick and the troubled, who, as a
teacher to his disciples, was their companion and servant.
May we ever be grateful for Jesus Christ and what he has done for us.
Let us remember Jesus who prayed for the forgiveness of those who rejected him and for the perfecting of
those who received him, who loved all people, and prayed for them, even if they denied and rejected.
Let us remember Jesus, who humbled himself, obedient unto
the cross. God has exalted him who has redeemed us from
the bondage of sin and given us new freedom.
May we ever be grateful for Jesus the Christ and what he
has done and continues to do for us.

GOSPEL Mark 14:12—15:47
The passion story in Mark’s gospel presents Jesus as one who dies abandoned. He shows himself to
be the true Son of God by giving his life for those who have forsaken him. . . . . . .

PREPARATION FOR THE MEAL

Chapter 14
12 On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed, Jesus disciples said to him,
“Where do you want us to go and make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?” 13 So Jesus sent two
of his disciples, saying to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow
him, 14 and wherever he enters, say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks, Where is my guest room
where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 15 He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and
ready. Make preparations for us there.” 16 So the disciples set out and went to the city, and found everything
as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal.

The LAST SUPPER

17 When it was evening, he came with the twelve. 18 And when they had taken their places and were eating,
Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.” 19 They began to be
distressed and to say to him one after another, “Surely, not I?” 20 He said to them, “It is one of the twelve,
one who is dipping bread into the bowl with me. 21 For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to
that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been
born.”
22 While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said,
“Take; this is my body.” 23 Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them
drank from it. 24 He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for all. 25 Truly I tell
you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

GETHSEMANE, PRAYER, AND ARREST

26 When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 27 And Jesus said to them, “You will
all become deserters; for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’
28 But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” 29 Peter said to him, “Even though all become
deserters, I will not.” 30 Jesus said to him, “Truly I tell you, this day, this very night, before the cock crows
twice, you will deny me three times.” 31 But he said vehemently, “Even though I must die with you, I will not
deny you.” And all of them said the same.
32 They went to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took
with him Peter and James and John, and began to be distressed and agitated. 34 And he said to them, “I am
deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and keep awake.” 35 And going a little farther, he threw himself
on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36 He said, “Abba, Father,
for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.” 37 He
came and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keep awake
one hour? 38 Keep awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing,
but the flesh is weak.” 39 And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words. 40 And once more he
came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy; and they did not know what to say to him.
41 He came a third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Enough! The hour has
come; the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42 Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is
at hand.”
43 Immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; and with him there was a
crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders. 44 Now the betrayer had
given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.” 45 So
when he came, he went up to him at once and said, “Rabbi!” and kissed him. 46 Then they laid hands on him
and arrested him. 47 But one of those who stood near drew his sword and struck the slave of the high priest,
cutting off his ear. 48 Then Jesus said to them, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me as
though I were a bandit? 49 Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not arrest me.
But let the scriptures be fulfilled.” 50 All of them deserted him and fled.
51 A certain young man was following him, wearing nothing but a linen cloth. They caught hold of him, 52 but
he left the linen cloth and ran off naked.

INTERROGATION AND CONDEMNATION

53 They took Jesus to the high priest; and all the chief priests, the elders, and the scribes were assembled.
54 Peter had followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest; and he was sitting with the
guards, warming himself at the fire. 55 Now the chief priests and the whole council were looking for
testimony against Jesus to put him to death; but they found none. 56 For many gave false testimony against
him, and their testimony did not agree. 57 Some stood up and gave false testimony against him, saying, 58 We
heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not
made with hands.’ 59 But even on this point their testimony did not agree. 60 Then the high priest stood up
before them and asked Jesus, “Have you no answer? What is it that they testify against you?” 61 But he was
silent and did not answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed
One?” 62 Jesus said, “I am; and ‘you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Power,’ and
‘coming with the clouds of heaven.'”
63 Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “Why do we still need witnesses? 64 You have heard his
blasphemy! What is your decision?” All of them condemned him as deserving death. 65 Some began to spit
on him, to blindfold him, and to strike him, saying to him, “Prophesy!” The guards also took him over and
beat him.

CONFESSION AND DENIAL

66 While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant-girls of the high priest came by. 67 When she
saw Peter warming himself, she stared at him and said, “You also were with Jesus, the man from
Nazareth.” 68 But he denied it, saying, “I do not know or understand what you are talking about.” And he
went out into the forecourt. Then the cock crowed. 69 And the servant-girl, on seeing him, began again to
say to the bystanders, “This man is one of them.” 70 But again he denied it. Then after a little while the
bystanders again said to Peter, “Certainly you are one of them; for you are a Galilean.” 71 But he began to
curse, and he swore an oath, “I do not know this man you are talking about.” 72 At that moment the cock
crowed for the second time. Then Peter remembered that Jesus had said to him, “Before the cock crows
twice, you will deny me three times.” And he broke down and wept.
Take a moment and consider:
Mark tells us that Peter broke down and wept. Try to imagine what Peter must have felt? Was
he feeling afraid, sad, disappointed, confused, . . . why?


6 AM to 9 AM

Chapter 15
As soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole
council. They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. 2 Pilate asked him, “Are you the
King of the Jews?” He answered him, “You say so.” 3 Then the chief priests accused him of many things.
4 Pilate asked him again, “Have you no answer? See how many charges they bring against you.” 5 But Jesus
made no further reply, so that Pilate was amazed.
6 Now at the festival he used to release a prisoner for them, anyone for whom they asked. 7 Now a man
called Barabbas was in prison with the rebels who had committed murder during the insurrection. 8 So the
crowd came and began to ask Pilate to do for them according to his custom. 9 Then he answered them, “Do
you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” 10 For he realized that it was out of jealousy that the
chief priests had handed him over. 11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release
Barabbas for them instead. 12 Pilate spoke to them again, “Then what do you wish me to do with the man
you call the King of the Jews?” 13 They shouted back, “Crucify him!” 14 Pilate asked them, “Why, what evil
has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify him!” 15 So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd,
released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.
16 Then the soldiers led him into the courtyard of the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters); and they
called together the whole cohort. 17 And they clothed him in a purple cloak; and after twisting some thorns
into a crown, they put it on him. 18 And they began saluting him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 19 They struck his
head with a reed, spat upon him, and knelt down in homage to him. 20 After mocking him, they stripped him
of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.
21 They compelled a passer-by, who was coming in from the country, to carry his cross; it was Simon of
Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus.

9 AM to NOON

22 Then they brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of a skull). 23 And they
offered him wine mixed with myrrh; but he did not take it. 24 And they crucified him, and divided his clothes
among them, casting lots to decide what each should take.
25 It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him. 26 The inscription of the charge against him
read, “The King of the Jews.” 27 And with him they crucified two bandits, one on his right and one on his left.
29 Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying, “Aha! You who would destroy the
temple and build it in three days, 30 save yourself, and come down from the cross!” 31 In the same way the
chief priests, along with the scribes, were also mocking him among themselves and saying, “He saved
others; he cannot save himself. 32 Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down from the cross now, so
that we may see and believe.” Those who were crucified with him also taunted him.

NOON to 3 PM

33 When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon.

3 PM to 6 PM

34 At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God,
my God, why have you forsaken me?”
35 When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “Listen, he is calling for Elijah.” 36 And someone ran,
filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether
Elijah will come to take him down.” 37 Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. 38 And the curtain of
the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39 Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that
in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!”
40 There were also women looking on from a distance; among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the
mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. 41 These used to follow him and provided for him
when he was in Galilee; and there were many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem.

6PM and the Burial of Jesus

42 When evening had come, and since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath,
43 Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself waiting expectantly for
the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 44 Then Pilate wondered if he
were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he had been dead for some time.
45 When he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. 46 Then Joseph
bought a linen cloth, and taking down the body, wrapped it in the linen cloth, and laid it in a tomb that had
been hewn out of the rock. He then rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. 47 Mary Magdalene and
Mary the mother of Joses saw where the body was laid.


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