Good Friday

Posted on 11 Apr 2020, Pastor: Randy Sturzenbecher

John 19 English Standard Version (ESV)
Jesus Delivered to Be Crucified
19 Then Pilate took Jesus and flogged him. 2 And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head and arrayed him in a purple robe. 3 They came up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and struck him with their hands. 4 Pilate went out again and said to them, “See, I am bringing him out to you that you may know that I find no guilt in him.” 5 So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Behold the man!” 6 When the chief priests and the officers saw him, they cried out, “Crucify him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him, for I find no guilt in him.” 7 The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he has made himself the Son of God.” 8 When Pilate heard this statement, he was even more afraid. 9 He entered his headquarters again and said to Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. 10 So Pilate said to him, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you?” 11 Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin.”

12 From then on Pilate sought to release him, but the Jews cried out, “If you release this man, you are not Caesar’s friend. Everyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar.” 13 So when Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called The Stone Pavement, and in Aramaic Gabbatha. 14 Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover. It was about the sixth hour. He said to the Jews, “Behold your King!” 15 They cried out, “Away with him, away with him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” 16 So he delivered him over to them to be crucified.

The Crucifixion
So they took Jesus, 17 and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. 19 Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” 20 Many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Aramaic, in Latin, and in Greek. 21 So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but rather, ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.’” 22 Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.”

23 When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his garments and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier; also his tunic. But the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom, 24 so they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be.” This was to fulfill the Scripture which says,

“They divided my garments among them,
and for my clothing they cast lots.”

So the soldiers did these things, 25 but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.

The Death of Jesus
28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” 29 A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Jesus’ Side Is Pierced
31 Since it was the day of Preparation, and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away. 32 So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him. 33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. 35 He who saw it has borne witness—his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth—that you also may believe. 36 For these things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken.” 37 And again another Scripture says, “They will look on him whom they have pierced.”

Jesus Is Buried
38 After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away his body. 39 Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight. 40 So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. 41 Now in the place where he was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. 42 So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.

Good Friday Tenebrae service.   FB live only  April 10th, 2020

Sorrow over Jesus or my sin? 

In the Name of +Jesus+.   Amen

Dear Saints for the next few minutes listen closely.  For the next few minutes push out the worries of the pandemic… your family and friends.   I would also ask you to put aside your opinions and biases of God’s Word and simply listen to St. John speaking to you.  

28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” 29 A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.31 Since it was the day of Preparation, and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away. 32 So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him. 33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. 35 He who saw it has borne witness—his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth—that you also may believe. 

Tonight is not about guilting you into feeling bad because you haven’t been in church enough.  I am not trying to manipulate you into feeling bad because Jesus suffered and died on the cross.   I do want you to see two things.   I want you to see and mourn your sin.   And I want you to see the lengths God would go to, to rescue you from certain damnation.  

You do not have to go very far to recognize sin.  Your worry about Covid 19, is sin.  Your anger that I would ask you to put aside your opinion, is sin.  Your hate of the president or the other candidates, your gossip, your laziness, your lust, and wondering eyes.  And if you think you are off the hook because I did not mention the sin that you struggle with or the one you think you have hidden from everyone else you’re wrong. 

St. Paul puts us all in the same dammed boat.  “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”,   And “the wages of sin is death”. 

 That’s what we are to mourn today and every day.  My sin, our sin in thought word and deed.  Sins that I know I commit and sins I commit by my omission of not doing something. We cannot escape our brokenness. Sin brings death.   Don’t believe Disney.  Death is not part of the circle of life.  It is a curse, a death sentence for disobedience and it awaits us all. 

You can’t fix this.  You don’t get a pass for trying hard or being better than some.  You can’t escape because you just don’t believe it, any more than a dead man can climb out of his own coffin. 

That is why what happened on this day outside the city walls of Jerusalem is life and death changing for us.  The battle we continually fight and can never win was fought and won by Jesus.

Jesus’ life was without sin and, had He not given His life as a ransom for ours, His life would have been without death. Here on the cross at Jesus death is one of the clearest places we see God’s love for each one of us.   30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Finished, Completed,  Drunk the cup of God’s wrath down to the dregs. I know when we think about that we think about Jesus’ death.  His life finished.  His work of saving all of us from sins sentence completed.

Yes, that is all true!  But think about why Jesus died.  He was the perfect sinless second Adam.  What Adam and Eve did not do, what you and I cannot do, Jesus did.  He willingly died your death.  He lovingly carried our sorrows.  He was pierced for our transgressions.  He was crushed by the weight of our iniquities.  Upon Jesus was the sentence that brought us peace.  And by His wounds, we are healed. 

That my friends is what love looks like.  He who had no sin became sin for us.  He who would never die took on life and death so your death would die. 

You have been reconciled on this day.  The account of your sin has nothing left in it.  No sin sill reigns that Jesus has not died for.  Jesus has been obedient to His Father all the way to the cross, and the grave.  Jesus’ life and death was a perfect sinless blood sacrifice to forgive you and show you God’s eternal love for you. 

When Jesus died all sin for all people was forgiven.  After His 3 day rest in the tomb His descent into Hell to proclaim Victory over death He rose again.  Out of love for you dear child of God, He keeps loving us.  He keeps giving to us. 

Even in Death Jesus teaches us and points us to His gifts.  Look at the window over my left shoulder.  That was today.  Water and Blood come out of Jesus’ side.  The Centurion said, “surely this was the son of God”. 

We cannot travel back in time to see Jesus’ death and victory over sin.  So Jesus brings the death of death to us.  First through His Holy word.  Then through the water from His side and the Word of God connecting us to this day.  Holy Baptism connects us to the shedding of Jesus Blood that forgives all sin. It gives us faith to believe that my sins, and your sins and all sins are forgiven by Jesus alone.

The blood from Jesus’ side also brings us back to His cross.  

In Holy Communion, the blood of the resurrected Christ is given to each of us.  We could not be there that day so God brings that day to us. Take and eat. This is the body of Christ Crucified for you.  Take and drink this is the blood of the new covenant shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.   

For the last number of weeks, we have seen how the Lord’s Prayer is clearly represented in Jesus’ suffering and death for us.   In the 7th petition, we see that again.  But Deliver us from evil.  “In the Greek text,   this petition reads, “Deliver or preserve us from the evil one,” In Jesus’ death He delivered us from death sentence for our sin.  In His Word and sacraments, He preserves and strengthens us from the constant assaults of the evil one.

On that Good Friday, on the altar of the Cross, you dear child of God were loved and forgiven by the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world!

In the Name of +Jesus+ Amen.

Now the peace that passes all understanding guard your heart and mind through Christ Jesus our Lord.  Amen.