Good Friday 2020

Walk in His Steps

Good Friday Service 2020

Intro – 

John 1:1-15 ESV 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Jesus traveled all over the countryside, preaching, calling disciples and performing astonishing miracles. People came to Him in great droves from all around hoping to hear from Him, be healed and receive deliverance.  They wondered who He was, some thought they knew, while others questioned and opposed Him. 

Near the end of His ministry, Jesus was with His 12 Disciples in Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover with them. He taught them, broke bread together with them and prayed.   


Art “Prayer at Gethsemane” He Qi, 1999

Matt 26:36-41 ESV

Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.”  37 And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.”  39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”  40 And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour?  41 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 


Lord of power and might, in this moment, you submitted yourself to the Father. We are weak and weary. Our spirits are willing, and our flesh is weak. May we keep watch on this dark night with you, for you, because of you. We submit our wills and our prayers to you, knowing that you hear. May we accept your plans as exceedingly greater than we can imagine.
Lord Jesus, help us walk in your steps. Amen.


Art “Betrayal of Christ” Michelangelo Caravaggio, 1603

Mark 14:43-47 ESV

And immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. 44 Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man. Seize him and lead him away under guard.” 45 And when he came, he went up to him at once and said, “Rabbi!” And he kissed him. 46 And they laid hands on him and seized him. 


O faithful Friend, in this moment, you surrendered yourself into the hands of a faithless friend. With the symbol of love and trust, you were betrayed; that you would be a steadfast companion to all who accept your offer of friendship. May we turn to you now in loyalty and love, and remember your faithfulness to all generations.
Lord Jesus, help us walk in your steps. Amen.


Art “The Denial of Saint Peter,” Michelangelo Caravaggio, 1610

Matt 26:69-75 ESV

Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came up to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.” 70 But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you mean.” 71 And when he went out to the entrance, another servant girl saw him, and she said to the bystanders, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.” 72 And again he denied it with an oath: “I do not know the man.” 73 After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter, “Certainly you too are one of them, for your accent betrays you.” 74 Then he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know the man.” And immediately the rooster crowed. 75 And Peter remembered the saying of Jesus, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly. 


Steadfast Savior, in this moment, your strongest follower proved to be a coward. So often we waver and whimper our way through life. When we hang out with like-minded people, we are bold and brazen.
When we face hostile consequences, we are ashamed of you and ashamed of the gospel, like Peter. Give us the courage to claim your name with boldness.
Lord Jesus, help us walk in your steps. Amen.


Art “Christ Before Pilate,” Duccio di Buoninsegna, 1308-11

Mark 15:1-5 ESV

And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole Council. And they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate. 2 And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.”  3 And the chief priests accused him of many things. 4 And Pilate again asked him, “Have you no answer to make? See how many charges they bring against you.” 5 But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed. 

Mark 15:11-15 ESV

But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release for them Barabbas instead. 12 And Pilate again said to them, “Then what shall I do with the man you call the King of the Jews?” 13 And they cried out again, “Crucify him.” 14 And Pilate said to them, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify him.” 15 So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.


O just Judge, in this moment, you made yourself weak and gave your enemies power over you. Your trial was rigged, your jury blinded by jealousy, and your judges unjust. As sinners, you judge us with honesty and equity – based upon your holiness, we have been found guilty. As our Savior, you took our punishment as your own; Based upon your sacrifice, we have been made righteous. In response, may our hearts be grateful, our attitudes toward others gracious, and our lives holy.
Lord Jesus, help us walk in your steps. Amen.


Art “The Mocking of Christ,” Peter Rogers, 1961

John 19:1-4 ESV

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. 


O suffering Servant, in this moment, you endured scorn and ridicule from those you came to save. You were crushed for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities. The punishment that brought us peace was placed upon you, and with your stripes we are made whole. May we see your sacrifice clearly, feel your suffering deeply, and hear your voice calling us to repentance and holiness. Lord, we come.
Lord Jesus, help us walk in your steps. Amen.


Art “Crucified tree form,” Theyre Lee-Elliott, 1959

John 19:15-16 ESV

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.

Luke 23:33-34 ESV

And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.


Healer of the broken, we broke you. Binder of the wounded, we wounded you. Lamb of God, we slaughtered you. Yet it was the Father’s will that you be crushed, that your life be a bloody sacrifice for our sin. You emptied out your life unto death, that we may have life overflowing. May this be ever before us, never far from us, always within us: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Blessed are those whose sin the Lord will never count against them.
Lord Jesus, help us walk in your steps. Amen.


Art “Christ and the Thief,” Nikolai Ge, 1893

Luke 23:39-43 ESV

One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”


O lover of the Unlovely, in this moment, you made straight the path for a crooked thief to enter your rest. Our ways are bent, and our hearts are twisted, but the kingdom of God is not populated by perfect spiritual specimens. We are in a holy company of thieves, prostitutes, murderers, and liars who have met God, in Christ. Remind us of the grace that does not give us what we truly deserve.
Lord Jesus, help us walk in your steps. Amen.


Art “And the Curtain of the Temple Was Torn in Two” Kirsten Malcolm Berry

Luke 23:44-47 ESV

It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, 45 while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. 


Oh Giver of life, in this moment, you gave yours up for us. Through the rending of your flesh, a way was made for us to enter your presence. Remind us of the depth of this death and the breadth of your love,
that we, ever thankful, may die to ourselves daily and live a life worthy of your sacrifice.
Lord Jesus, help us walk in your steps. Amen.


Art “The Entombment,” Rembrandt, 1639

Matt 27:57-60 ESV

When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. 58 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. 59 And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud 60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away


Oh Rock of our salvation, in this moment, all hope was sealed away. May we remember the horror of your suffering and the silence of your grave.  May we rejoice at your resurrection and stand in Faith until you return to make all things new.