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Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

Matthew 26:14-16

Mark 14:10-11
Luke 22: 1-6

Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus
Luke 22:1-6

1Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching, 2and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus, for they were afraid of the people. 3Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve.

4And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus. 5They were delighted and agreed to give him money. 6He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present.

Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus
Matthew 26:14-16

14Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests 15and asked, "What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?" So they counted out for him thirty silver coins. 16From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.

Jesus Arrested

Matthew 26:47-56
Mark 14:43-50
Luke 22:47-53
John 18:3-11

Jesus Arrested
Luke 22:47-48

While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus asked him, "Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?"

Jesus Arrested
Luke 22:47-53 NIV

47While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him, 48but Jesus asked him, "Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?"

49When Jesus' followers saw what was going to happen, they said, "Lord, should we strike with our swords?" 50And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear. 51But Jesus answered, "No more of this!" And he touched the man's ear and healed him.

52Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders, who had come for him, "Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come with swords and clubs? 53Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me. But this is your hour—when darkness reigns."

Jesus Arrested
John 18:3-11 NIV

3So 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.

4Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, "Who is it you want?"

5"Jesus of Nazareth," they replied.

"I am he," Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) 6When Jesus said, "I am he," they drew back and fell to the ground.

7Again he asked them, "Who is it you want?"

And they said, "Jesus of Nazareth."

8"I told you that I am he," Jesus answered. "If you are looking for me, then let these men go." 9This happened so that the words he had spoken would be fulfilled: "I have not lost one of those you gave me. 10Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant's name was Malchus.) 11Jesus commanded Peter, "Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?"

Peter Disowns Jesus

Matthew 26:69-75
Mark 14:66-72
Luke 22:54-62
John 18:15-18 25-27

Peter Disowns Jesus
Luke 22:55-62 NIV

55But when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter sat down with them. 56A servant girl saw him seated there in the firelight. She looked closely at him and said, "This man was with him." 57But he denied it. "Woman, I don't know him," he said. 58A little later someone else saw him and said, "You also are one of them."

"Man, I am not!" Peter replied. 59About an hour later another asserted, "Certainly this fellow was with him, for he is a Galilean." 60Peter replied, "Man, I don't know what you're talking about!" Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed. 61The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: "Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times." 62And he went outside and wept bitterly.

Peter Disowns Jesus
John 18: 25-27

16but Peter had to wait outside at the door. The other disciple, who was known to the high priest, came back, spoke to the girl on duty there and brought Peter in. 17"You are not one of his disciples, are you?" the girl at the door asked Peter.

He replied, "I am not." 18It was cold, and the servants and officials stood around a fire they had made to keep warm. Peter also was standing with them, warming himself.

John 18:16-18Peter's Second and Third Denials 25As Simon Peter stood warming himself, he was asked, "You are not one of his disciples, are you?"

He denied it, saying, "I am not." 26One of the high priest's servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, challenged him, "Didn't I see you with him in the olive grove?" 27Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a rooster began to crow.


A Service of Tenebrae, or “Darkness,” is based oa a twelfth-century late night/early morning service and is an extended meditation of the passion of Christ. Fourteen candles, along with a central Christ candle, are lighted and then a candle is extinguished at the conclusion of each reading about the Passion story. The service ends in total darkness and all depart in silence.

The tradition at Northgate UMC is using the Tenebrae as the focal point of the Good Friday service. It is preferable that there are no paraments, banners, flowers, or decorations on Good Friday. He Lord’s Table, pulpit, and other furnishings should be of bare cloth, candles, or anything else not actually used in the service. The cross remains visible, but it and any permanently fixed images may be veiled. By partly concealing the cross, the veil also calls attention to it. The color scarlet or black is suggested for a veil over the cross. NUMC Newsletter

Readings may come from John 18:1-19;42

The Stripping of the Altar

The ancient practice of stripping the Lord’s Table in the sanctuary is a vivid and dramatic way of showing the desolation and abandonment of Christ during the long night in Gethsemane and through His trial, passion (suffering), crucifixion, and death. Designated persons pick up the par aments on the Lord’s Table and the pulpit, and other hangings, banners, candlesticks, and decorations and quietly carry them from the sanctuary. This is done in silence. The church then remains bare until the Celebration of Easter.

- NUMC Newsletter

Jesus Comforts the disciples.
John 14:1-16:33

(In the Garden)
Matthew 26:36-46
Mark 14:32-42
Luke 22:40-46

Jesus’ arrest and trial
(Thursday night and Friday)
(The betrayal of Jesus)
Matthew 26:47-27:26
Mark 14:43-15:15
Luke 22:47-23:25
John 18:2—19:16

Jesus’ crucifixion and death
Matthew 27:27-56
Mark 15:16-41
Luke 23:26-49
John 19:17-30

Good Friday

“Good Friday is the Friday before Easter and is also called (possibly more appropriately) Great Friday, Black Friday, and Sorrowful Friday. Good Friday represents Jesus dying on the cross at Calvary for our own “good,” dying for our sins.

“Good” -That this greatest tragedy brought about the greatest good.

Good” is an old English expression for Holy. Our English word “good” comes from the word “God” and originally this day was possibly called “God’s Friday.” Our word “goodbye” comes from the abbreviated saying “God bless” (you).

Many churches reenact the procession of Jesus carrying the cross in the ritual of the Stations of the Cross.

From the earliest of days, followers of Jesus told the story of his passion, death and resurrection. When pilgrims came to see Jerusalem, they would visit these sites and the stories would be retold; this became part of the pilgrimage visit.

Stations of the Cross. is a journey, a walk with God; an opportunity to walk side-by-side, step-for-step with Jesus Christ. Stations of the Cross is our opportunity to be with Jesus at Gethsemane, witness the arrest of Jesus and the denial of the disciples. We go from Calaphas to Pontius Pilate. We walk through the streets of Jerusalem, we witness the scourging of Christ, and we suffer at the Crucifixion, and agonize at the Death of Christ.

Many churches also observe “Tre Ore” (Italian for three hours) or "Three Hours' Agony" referring to the last three hours Jesus hung on the cross. Jesus was put on the Cross at the very end of the third hour (the time between 9 and noon), and almost the sixth hour. He died at the ninth hour. Because Jesus was on the Cross between the hours of Noon and 3:00 PM, these three hours today are considered the most sacred of all.

And it was the third hour (9 AM), and they crucified Him... And when the sixth hour (12 noon) was come, there was darkness over the whole earth until the ninth hour (3 PM). - Mark 15:25, 33 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?”

Luke 15:33-34 also see Matthew 27:45-46

The Crucifixion of Christ - Solemn

Bible Basics Video Presentation.
6:39 minutes
Artwork: The Crucifixion Andrea Mantegna 1457-1459
Music "Host of Seraphim" by Dead Can Dance

Bible Basics' Video Presentation: The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
The Crucifixion Artwork by Andrea Mantegna 1457-1459
Music by Samuel Barber "Adagio for Strings."

The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ
Bible Basics' Video Presentation
9 minutes

Washing Your Hands of Responsibility

When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “ I am innocent of this man’s blood.”
He said, “It’s your responsibility.”

Matthew 27:24

Pilate washed his hands of responsibility.
“ I am innocent of this man’s blood.” He said,
“It’s your responsibility.”

Matthew 27:24

· I find this to be just about the most repugnant and appalling quotation in scripture. Worst of all; it represents us.

· But just saying it does not release him of his responsibility!

· How often do we wash our hands of our responsibility for the poor, the sick, the needy, the hungry, the homeless, people dying of AIDS, people starving to death, children dying of preventable diseases, genocide, natural disasters, war....

Jesus Sentenced to be Crucified

Jesus Sentenced to be Crucified
Gospel of John 19:1-16

1Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. 2The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe 3and went up to him again and again, saying, "Hail, king of the Jews!" And they struck him in the face.

4Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews, "Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against him." 5When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, "Here is the man!"

6As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, "Crucify! Crucify!"

But Pilate answered, "You take him and crucify him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him."

7The Jews insisted, "We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God."

8When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid, 9and he went back inside the palace. "Where do you come from?" he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10"Do you refuse to speak to me?" Pilate said. "Don't you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?"

11Jesus answered, "You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin."

12From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jews kept shouting, "If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar."

13When Pilate heard this, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judge's seat at a place known as the Stone Pavement (which in Aramaic is Gabbatha). 14It was the day of Preparation of Passover Week, about the sixth hour.

"Here is your king," Pilate said to the Jews. 15But they shouted, "Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!"

"Shall I crucify your king?" Pilate asked.
"We have no king but Caesar," the chief priests answered.

16Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified.

The Crucifixion

The Crucifixion
Gospel of John 19:17-27

So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. 17Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). 18Here they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.

19Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read:|sc JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. 20Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. 21The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, "Do not write 'The King of the Jews,' but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews."

22Pilate answered, "What I have written, I have written."

23When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.

24"Let's not tear it," they said to one another. "Let's decide by lot who will get it."

This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled which said, "They divided my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing."[a] So this is what the soldiers did.

25Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, "Dear woman, here is your son," 27and to the disciple, "Here is your mother." From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

The Death of Jesus

The Death of Jesus
Gospel of John 19:28-37

28Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, "I am thirsty." 29A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus' lips. 30When he had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished." With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

31Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jews did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. 32The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. 33But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. 35The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. 36These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: "Not one of his bones will be broken, 37and, as another scripture says, "They will look on the one they have pierced."

The Death of Jesus (extended version) by Bible Basics
Artwork by Giotto di Bondone, 1305
Music by Samuel Barber "Adagio for Strings."

The Death of Jesus Christ
Bible Basics' Video Presentation
7 minutes

The Death of Jesus Christ
Bible Basics' Video Presentation
Extended Version
9 minutes

The Burial of Jesus

The Burial of Jesus
Gospel of John 19:38-42

38Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jews. With Pilate's permission, he came and took the body away. 39He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. 40Taking Jesus' body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs.

41At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. 42Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

Who Killed Jesus Christ?

Who killed Jesus Christ? The Jews! The Gentiles! Who?

An Ash Wednesday Experience:

The Mel Gibson movie, the Passion of Christ has recently raised a lot of controversy, opinion, and outrage over who killed Jesus Christ. After an Ash Wednesday service I know the answer!

It’s an Ash Wednesday evening service at Northgate UMC in Irving. The congregation is small but their devotion and service to God is huge.

**Ash Wednesday emphasizes a dual encounter for Christians; we confront our own mortality and confess our sins before God within the community of faith. The use of ashes as a sign of mortality and repentance has a long history in Jewish and Christian worship, and the Imposition of Ashes is a powerful nonverbal way of participating in the call to repentance and reconciliation. It is traditional to save the palm branches from the previous Palm Sunday service to burn to create the ashes for Ash Wednesday.

**Northgate UMC Ash Wednesday Service Program Pastor Scott Holcomb-McLain, Preacher

It is hard for us to imagine, but during Bible times people used ashes to cleanse themselves. People would rub themselves with ashes cleanse them of perspiration, dirt, etc. Soap and water were not readily available, as we know them today.

Earlier in the service we had written our sins, confessions, and penitence’s on a small strip of paper. We have had the ashes imposition on our foreheads. Confession has been made before the alter. The atmosphere is very holy and very somber.

There is a large wooden cross in the sanctuary.

** Persons who wish may come forward and nail their confessions to the cross.

Think about this for a moment!

· I slowly came forward received the hammer and nail. I bend down to hammer in the nail.

· I hammered my sins to the cross hammering 4 times. One, Two, Three, Four (four times saying to myself)

1. Who!

2. Killed!

3. Jesus!

4. Christ!

· And then I answered with four more hammerings.

1. I!

2. Killed!

3. Jesus!

4. Christ!

Please Pause, Think About It!

This was the first time I had ever had to take responsibility for “Who Killed Jesus Christ?” It had always been the Jews and the gentiles – Not Me! Often if you look deep enough at yourself the person you should blame is no one but yourself.

Earlier I had seen on television how the special effects were achieved on a prosthetic hand driving the nails into Jesus’ hand in the movie: The Passion of Christ by Mel Gibson. In the movie it was Mel Gibson’s’ hand hammering in the nails. I had a visual image of myself inflecting the pain on Jesus Christ, actually hammering the nail into his hand. This was a very disturbing revelation!

Who Killed Jesus Christ? We Did!

Or Did We?

· Later the whole cross was covered with our sins (pieces of paper).

You could see vividly what Jesus died for... Our Sins.

Jesus died for our sins!
Jesus died for us!

· Even while we were sinners Jesus loved us.

· Before Jesus died, he forgave us of our sins.

· Jesus died for the forgiveness of our sins.

· Three days later Jesus rose from the dead.

“Father, forgive them,
they do not know what they are doing.”
Luke 23:34

This Ash Wednesday service like a dark cloud stayed with me, hung over me, and troubled me until I received relief on the Easter Sunrise Service.

The Burial of Jesus

Matthew 27:57-66
Mark 15:42-47
Luke 23:50-56
John 19:31-42

Darkest Before the Dawn

After Jesus was crucified the Apostles were grief stricken. Jesus, whom they believed to be the Messiah, Christ the Savior was brutally flogged, beaten, and crucified on a cross. The Jesus they have been following is dead. Their movement is dead. Their hopes were crushed. They felt like they were distant from God. They were LOST and alone.

It is always the darkest before the dawn; in their darkest hour a miracle happened...
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Artwork by Giotto di Bondone: Lamentation Over the Dead Christ 1305,
Music by Dead Can Dance "Host of Seraphim."
Bible Basics Video Presentation

We share in the Birth of Jesus Christ.

We share in the Life and Ministry of Jesus Christ.

We share in the Persecution, Crucifixion,

and the Death of Jesus Christ.

We share in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

We are all one in Jesus Christ.

God’s Point of View
Imagine what God saw when He looked down from heaven?
Can we imagine how God must have felt?
Can we grasp how much God loves us?

This short YouTube Video will bring tears to your eyes.

"The Bridge" is another way to understand the sacrifice of Jesus Christ
the only begotten Son of God the Holy Father Almighty.

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