MArch 25, 2020

EVENING MEDITATION

 

 

HYMN  Click HERE

 

 

RESPONSES

 

Leader:  Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.                            Luke 24:29

Family:  Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.                      Matthew 28:20

 

L:  Your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.

F:  The Lord will guide you always.                                                                     Isaiah 58:10,11

 

L:  Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more;

F:  the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will end    Isaiah 60:20

 

L:  On no day will the gates of the Holy City ever be shut,

F:  for there will be no night there.                                                                     Revelation 21:25

 

PASSION READING

4. Trial before Pilate                                                                                             Matthew 27:1-26

Judas Hangs Himself

Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people came to the decision to put Jesus to death. They bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate, the governor.

When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders. “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.”

“What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.”

So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.

The chief priests picked up the coins and said, “It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money.” So they decided to use the money to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for foreigners. That is why it has been called the Field of Blood to this day. Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: “They took the thirty silver coins, the price set on him by the people of Israel, and they used them to buy the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.”


Jesus before Pilate

Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

“Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied.

When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer. Then Pilate asked him, “Don’t you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?” But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge—to the great amazement of the governor.

Now it was the governor’s custom at the Feast to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd. At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Barabbas. So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” For he knew it was out of envy that they had handed Jesus over to him.

While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this message: “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.”

But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed.

“Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” asked the governor.

“Barabbas,” they answered.

“What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?” Pilate asked.

They all answered, “Crucify him!”

“Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.

But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”

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 is your responsibility!”

All the people answered, “Let his blood be on us and on our children!”

Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.

 

Family Discussion Questions:

Compare Judas’ reaction to his sin with Peter’s reaction (from last week) to his own sin.


How did God use the following people to serve his good purpose: 

•     The Jewish rulers (27:7-10)

•     Pilate’s wife (27:18,19) .

•     Pilate himself (27:23-24)

•     The soldiers (27:28)

 

What are some ways that you have already seen God use the Coronavirus as a blessing for you and your family?

 

 

What are some new and unique ways the devil has used the Coronavirus to tempt you into sin?

 

 

 

“But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified”….  FOR YOU!  Discuss.

 

 

 

CONFESSION OF FAITH

 

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

                        maker of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

                        who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

                        born of the virgin Mary,

                        suffered under Pontius Pilate,

                        was crucified, died, and was buried.

            He descended into hell.

            The third day he rose again from the dead.

            He ascended into heaven

                        and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.

From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

                        the holy Christian Church,

                                    the communion of saints,

                        the forgiveness of sins,

                        the resurrection of the body,

                        and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

 

LUTHER’S EVENING PRAYER

 

In the name of the Father and of the Son (+) and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.*

I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have graciously kept me this day. Forgive me all my sins, and graciously keep me this night. Into your hands I commend my body and soul and all things. Let your holy angel be with me, that the wicked foe may have no power over me. Amen.

 

BLESSING

 

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ (+), and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

                                                                                                                            2 Corinthians 13:14

Amen.


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