ELC “Tenebrae” Worship at 7:30 p.m. at ELC Sanctuary
Tenebrae is a service of increasing darkness as we reflect on the final hours of Jesus’ crucifixion.
March 29 2013
Key Verse: “Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.’ Having said this, he breathed his last.” Luke 23:46
Time: 30 C.E.
Since Last Week: After Jesus’ last supper, he prayed on the Mount of Olives, asking God to “remove this cup from me;” to free Jesus from the responsibility of dying on a cross. Jesus gathered strength in prayer and boldly faced his betrayer, Judas, and those who would arrest him. After his arrest, he was taken to Pilate to be put on trial. Though Pilate and Herod found nothing against Jesus, he was stripped, beaten, and sentenced to death on a cross.
Background: Jesus was crucified between two criminals; one who recognized Jesus as the Messiah and one who didn’t. Several in the crowd taunted Jesus calling him, “King of the Jews.” Little did they know they were proclaiming the truth. After Jesus’ death, the centurion was the first to recognize, “Certainly this man was innocent.”
Community: To whom will you proclaim the entire forgiveness of sins that is possible because Jesus died on the cross?
At Home: In what ways have you put Jesus on the cross? How might you live and behave knowing that your sins have been washed away by Jesus’ saving act of love?
Read This Week:
Monday: Journey to the Cross, Luke 22:28-46
Tuesday: Journey to the Cross, Luke 22:47-71
Wednesday: Journey to the Cross, Luke 23:1-31
Thursday: The Last Supper, Luke 22:1-27
Friday: Good Friday, Luke 23:32-47
Saturday: Burial of Jesus, Luke 23:48-56
Next Week: Easter, Luke 24:1-12