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“By His Wounds”

Isaiah 53:4-9, 1 Peter 2:22-25
Bob DeGray
March 31, 2013

Key Sentence

In the resurrection we find true forgiveness, living hope, and ongoing trust.

Outline

Episode 1: Introduction
Episode 2: The Miraculous Catch of Fish
Episode 3: Walking on the Water

Episode 4: Confession, Denial and Transfiguration
Episode 5: Foot Washing
Episode 6: In the Garden
Episode 7: The Great Denial
Episode 8: Despair
Episode 9: The Resurrection


Message

Epigraph: 1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Episode 1: Introduction

Good morning. I’m really glad to be here, back in Galilee for the first time in many years. I have been away east helping the believers in Asia Minor and soon I will be heading to Rome, so it may be some time before I am home again. The last time I visited, both your pastor and I had much less grey hair, and my vision was much better, but I can still see the sunrise, and I love your tradition of a Sunrise Service here to remember our Lord’s resurrection.

Since I’ve been away so long, I suspect many of you have not heard my personal story of the resurrection. It’s not detailed in the accounts of Jesus that are circulating, but it’s central for me, because that day I received Christ’s forgiveness and went from despair to living hope and confident trust.

Let me begin in the beginning. I have always been a bit like this sea of Galilee: it goes from the doldrums where it’s not even worth raising a sail to a storm that will sink your boat, like that. Every fisherman in the world prays for a steady breeze that you can depend on, but does this lake cooperate. No.

And neither did I. I spent most of my life going from headstrong self-confidence to abject despair and back again like that. I sometimes think the name Jesus gave me was a joke: I was - and to some extent still am - the furthest thing from solid and steady as a rock. And both my confidence in myself and my despair of myself led me into sin. But in the resurrection I found true forgiveness, a living hope and the right place to put my trust.

Episode 2: The Miraculous Catch of Fish

The first time I met Jesus was actually in Judea where several of us had gone to see John the Baptizer. He had had a huge impact in Judea, and to some extent in Galilee, and we wanted to see what all the fuss was about. We wondered whether he might be the Messiah to lead our nation back to greatness. He pointed us to Jesus and we immediately began to speculate that he was the one.

But the first time I actually noticed what I'll call the lake effect was, of course, right here on the sea of Galilee. Jesus had begun ministering in our area, and was preaching and teaching along the shore. One day a huge crowd gathered close to where James and John, Andrew and I had pulled our boats ashore. Jesus asked if he could preach from the boat, and we obliged him. But after that he told us that we should put out to sea for a catch. That's where my headstrong nature first revealed itself. We had been up all night fishing, doing our best work during the prime hours of fish activity, and we had caught nothing. This Jesus might be a great preacher, I thought, but who is he to tell fishermen how to catch fish. So grudgingly and with a surly spirit I put out to sea. And you've all heard what happened. We caught the most amazing catch of fish that has ever been. There were so many fish that they almost sank both of our boats.

All of a sudden I was overwhelmed with the realization that God was doing miracles through this man; that he was more powerful than I could imagine, and if so used by God, more holy than anyone I had met. And in the midst of that, especially looking at the attitude I had been carrying right up to that moment, my heart changed from stormy self-confidence, to utter doldrums. I fell into despair and fell to my knees and said to Jesus “Go away from me Lord for I am a sinful man. I knew I didn't deserve to be given anything, especially not a miracle, by this man sent from God.

And Jesus, as he would do countless times, lifted me up and said to me: "Follow me, Peter, and I will make you a fisher of men." I remember wondering at the time what he saw in me that would make him able to entrust me with that kind of commission. I know now that it wasn't anything he saw in me, but his own vision of the work he could do in me that made him call me. It was nothing about me or any of us that earned the right to be his followers, it was simply his gracious call and his plan for our lives.

Episode 3: Walking on the Water

The same lake effect occurred not many months later, again on this sea of Galilee, during a storm. Jesus had sent us ahead to cross the lake, and we were struggling because the wind was against us and the waves were huge. We even feared that we might be capsized and drowned. In the middle of that Jesus came, walking on the water. Some doubted that it was him, but I stood there watching him in awe, and eventually said "if it is you, ask me to come to you on the water." I'm not sure exactly what I was thinking, but at some level it must've been if he can do it so can I - while recognizing that I could only do it through his power. And it was through that power, when he invited me to come, that I was actually able to step out of the boat and take several stops walking on the surface of the sea. It was amazing, but as I looked around at the wind and waves, and as I took my eyes off him, the focus of my trust, immediately I began to sink. I cried out “Lord help me,” and he did, but he said to me "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" This is classic for me: headstrong self-confidence that ends up relying on myself rather than him, and abject fear that ends up canceling out faith.

Episode 4: Confession and Transfiguration

But the lake effect did not require a lake to take effect. One of the high points of Jesus' ministry came in the region of Caesarea Philippi. We were walking among the little villages there, and Jesus asked us “who do men say that I am.” He was told that some thought John the Baptist restored to life, while some thought Elijah or one of the other prophets. But then Jesus asked "and who do you say that I am?" Everyone was silent. But that was when my headstrong side spoke up. I wanted his favor, so I said the greatest thing I could think of: "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." It wasn't actually such a wild guess, because the amazing things that he had been doing had begun to eliminate all other possibilities. Still, Jesus told me that flesh and blood had not revealed this to me: rather God himself. So that was one case, and not the only one, where my headstrong nature was used by God to do good.

But it wasn't long before that same headstrong nature led me into sin again. A few days after our recognition of Jesus as the Christ, he began to tell us how his messiah-ship was going to play out: he said we would go up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man would be handed over to the chief priests and elders; they would condemn him, and turn him over to the Gentiles and he would be beaten and flogged and crucified. But on the third day he would rise.

This sounded like utter nonsense to me. Like most of my contemporaries, I was of the strong opinion that as the Messiah, Jesus needed to go to Jerusalem, kick out the Romans, and re-establish God’s nation. The idea that he would go to Jerusalem and become a victim of our politicians and the Roman tyrants was intolerable. But when I protested along these lines to Jesus, I received one of the strongest rebukes of my life. He turned to me and said "get behind me, Satan, for you do not have in mind the things of God, but of man." I was crushed and devastated by that. How could this one who had affirmed that God had spoken to me just a few days before now affirm that I was doing the work of Satan? I was crushed, and all the wind went out of my sails.

Fortunately, it was only a few days after that that Jesus took James and John and me up on the mountain, where we had the awesome privilege of seeing him transfigured, transformed into light, speaking with Moses and Elijah. The headstrong part of me said "Lord, this is good. Let us make tabernacles for do and Moses and Elijah." But before I could be rebuked for that effrontery, God himself spoke from heaven, and said "this is my Son whom I love. Listen to him." In retrospect, I think that last phrase was probably meant for me. God was telling me that rather than impose my own ideals on his Messiah, I should listen to what he was trying to tell me, and respond in faith to that. It took a long time for that lesson to come home. In fact are times when I don't think it has yet.

Episode 5: Foot Washing

It was not long after that that we went up to Jerusalem. You've all heard the story of Jesus' entry into the city, riding on a donkey as a peaceful king. Many of us hoped that he would miraculously take the throne of Israel at that time. But it was not to be. Instead, he continued to speak of the fact that he would be betrayed, arrested, tried, condemned, tortured, beaten, and crucified.

Every time he said those things, something in my spirit rebelled. I was trying to listen to him, but there was a storm beneath the surface just waiting to burst forth. Even small events gave evidence of this. On the night he was betrayed Jesus, noting that no one had acted the part of a servant, and washed our feet before the Passover meal, took off his outer garment and began to wash them himself. And the stormy part of my spirit said "should the Messiah, our Lord, the future king of Israel be doing servant work for me? No way."

I said to him, "Lord you shall never wash my feet." But Jesus said "if I do not wash you, do you have no part with me." And fearful side of me immediately spoke up and said “well then, not only my feet but also my hands and my head!" But Jesus laughed. He said the one who was clean did not need to wash, except for his feet - and you are clean." But the lake effect is so all or nothing, either I was completely confident and self-assured, and knew my way was right, or I so completely lacked confidence I was convinced that nothing could make me right. But Jesus kept trying to steer me toward the middle, where my confidence was in him.

Later in the same meal I spoke again with confidence that proved merely human, not from God. Jesus was again saying that he would be denied and betrayed. And I couldn’t conceive of doing that: I said I would follow him into anything, even death. He looked at me and said that before the rooster crows that night I would deny him three times. But I couldn't believe it.

Episode 6: In the Garden

Later that night we want to a garden called Gethsemane, and there my headstrong ways, my pride, my desire to make this happen, got the better of me again. Jesus had asked James and John and me to go with him to a part of the garden where we could be more alone, so he could pray. But when we sat down the stress of the last few days, and perhaps the influence of our enemy, caused James and John and me to fall asleep. Jesus went further by himself, and falling to the ground he prayed. In fact he prayed a prayer that has become very precious to me, for it is a prayer neither of pride, nor despair, but simply “Lord, let your will be done. Not as I will, but as you will.”

I wish I had learned about lesson, before that night. After Jesus had prayed three times he woke us up, and pointed out that his betrayer, Judas, was coming with a crowd of temple soldiers to arrest him. Jesus seemed inclined to allow this arrest to take place, though when the soldiers came and asked if he was the one they were seeking, his quiet “I am” caused them all to fall to the ground. He was not being taken into custody because he lacked power to defend himself, but because he chose to obey God's will. Nonetheless I, in my desire to do things my way, drew the sword but I carried by my side, and proceeded to cut off the ear of one of the high priests servants. Jesus immediately reached out and healed Malchus’s ear, and turning to me he said “put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?" In other words am I going to do my will in my way, or am I going to do His will in his way? My will would lead me into arrogance or despair, but his will is achieved as I trust in him.

Episode 7: The Great Denial

But even after that rebuke I remember my vow. Seeing that all the other disciples were fleeing away, I followed the only faithful one, John, to the courtyard where Jesus was being tried. I fully intended to try to make things come out my way, to find some way to support him in a sudden claim of kingship. But as I sat by the fire my confidence drained from me like water from a beached boat, and I began to doubt that Jesus was even who we said he was. I began to doubt that Jesus would ever be the Messiah King that I had longed for. I began to think that his unbelievable prophecies of suffering and death might actually come true. It was at that moment that I was asked if I was one of his followers. In the depths of my despair, I had no courage to be his follower. I answered almost truthfully "I do not know him." In a cauldron of anger and fear I denied him two more times, utterly breaking my earlier headstrong vow.

It was after the third of these denials that Jesus, looking battered, was led out of the high priest’s chamber; he turned and looked at me. The rooster crowed and I remembered how he had told me I would deny him.

What followed was the deepest despair I had ever felt. I wept bitterly over my own betrayal of him, and over my over weakness, and lack of faith. I had believed in my way and my plan, or I had despaired of any way and any plan, but I had never put any confidence in God's way and God's plan.

Episode 8: The Crucifixion

And it was in that depth of despair that I followed, from a great distance, the remaining events of that day. I saw Jesus led to Pilate’s judgment seat, and I heard the crowd cry ‘crucify him, crucify him.’ I saw him flogged, and felt felt that I deserved the blows myself. I saw him constrained to carry his cross and wished I had the courage to carry it for him. I followed out to the hill of Calvary, and saw him nailed to the cross, and felt that I was driving the nails myself. I had betrayed him, I had denied him, and I had lost all faith that he would do any good as he fulfilled his own prophecies of death. I heard him cry out ‘my God, my God why have you forsaken me?’ and echoed that cry in my own spirit. I felt like God must judge me, must destroy me for my unfaithfulness, my betrayal, and my pride. I saw Jesus taken down from the cross, dead, and felt that I had died as well. I saw the women follow Joseph, a man from Arimathea who had taken his body, and I knew that they had seen the tomb where he was laid.

Saturday was a day of utter despair. I wallowed in my guilt and shame, and could offer no sympathy to those around me who were horrified and hurting. The sun may have risen and crossed the sky that day, the wind may have blown, but I saw none of it, felt none of it. I lived as one dead. And the night was worse, as the darkness of despair closed over me, I was both unable to sleep, and unable to fully wake up. A litany of my own sin spun in my head: pride; betrayal; fear; doubt; anger; and recognition that I had been utterly unwilling to submit to God's way. Answering that, over and over, was the despair that even God’s way had not worked: if I had supported Jesus in this madness of self-sacrifice, I would be no better off than I was having opposed him.

Episode 9: The Resurrection

Before dawn on Sunday morning some of the women who had followed Jesus, and had seen where he was laid, got up to go to the tomb with the spices they had prepared for wrapping his body. In the haste of the preceding Sabbath, they had not had time to properly prepare his body for burial.

An hour or so later, the women returned. They knocked frantically at the locked door, and when John and I went down to let them in, they told us an amazing story. They said they had found the stone rolled away, but when they entered the tomb they did not find the body of our Lord. And while they were trying to think what to do, a man in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood by them and the women fell to the ground in fear. The man said “why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here he has risen! Remember what he told you in Galilee: the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful man, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.

So they had come back to tell us that he was risen. But to me, and to the others, this seemed like utter nonsense. We had seen him die, and we could not believe that there was anything on the other side of that death. Only despair, only unforgiveness, only judgment. Nonetheless, I could not help but go to visit the tomb. Mary led us, John and me. And it was true: John went into the tomb, and I looked in from the door, and saw the strips of linen lying there, with the head cloth folded away by itself. But I didn't know what this meant, and I left the tomb in as great a despair as I arrived. The women might believe the impossible, but circumstance and speculation couldn't lift me very far.

Head down, feet shuffling, I wandered the rough path from the tomb to the hill, to the now empty cross where he had been nailed. If only, I thought if only I had had a chance to seek his forgiveness while he was still alive. If only my assertion of a Messiah, and the promise of his transfiguration have been true. But there was no hope, and nowhere to put my trust.

It was at that moment, looking at my feet, that I noticed a light on the rocks in front of my path. And it was almost a familiar light, one I thought I’d seen some place before. Raising my head I saw him. He looked exactly as he had looked on the mount of Transfiguration. At first I was just shocked; Look, it’s true, he’s risen! Then I fell to my knees in fear and despair, for this risen Savior, this risen king could do nothing other than judge me. I was the betrayer, I was the denier, I was the prideful one who followed my headstrong pride into disaster and despair.

As I knelt on my face at his feet, I felt his hands, familiar hands grasping me by the shoulders and lifting me up to my feet, and then enfolding me in his grasp, saying return to me Peter, return to me, for I was dead and I'm now alive, and with my blood I have purchased your for God. I have borne your sin and carried your sorrow. I've borne your iniquities in my body on the cross and now there is full and free forgiveness and new life forevermore

And even as I tried to process that forgiveness, and that hope, and the return of my king, and the certainty of my trust, one refrain kept echoing over and over in my head and in my heart "He's alive!" "He's alive!" "He's alive!" And that's my message to you today: he is alive, and you can be born again into the same living hope I have through his resurrection from the dead.

For just as one the cross of crucifixion he continued to entrust himself to his Father, so you and I in our moments of difficulty, or trial, disease, struggle, and despair can confidently continue to entrust ourselves to Jesus. He's alive. We don't need to descend into despair, we don't need to try to rely on our own strength to solve our problems, we can rely on him, and we must, for in his resurrection, and only through his resurrection, have we received, received forgiveness, and been born again into new life.

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Luke 5:1-11 One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, with the people crowding around him and listening to the word of God, 2he saw at the water's edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. 4When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch." 5Simon answered, "Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets." 6When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

8When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus' knees and said, "Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!" 9For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon's partners.Then Jesus said to Simon, "Don't be afraid; from now on you will catch men." 11So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.

Matthew 14:22-33 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. 25And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. 26But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. 27But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” 28And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” 31Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Matthew 16:13-17:9 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say the Son of Man is?" 14They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets." 15"But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" 16Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." 17Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. 18And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." 20Then he warned his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Christ.

21From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. 22Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. "Never, Lord!" he said. "This shall never happen to you!" 23Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men."

24Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. 26What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? 27For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father's glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done. 28I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom."

17:1After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 3Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. 4Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters--one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." 5While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!" 6When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. 7But Jesus came and touched them. "Get up," he said. "Don't be afraid." 8When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus. 9As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, "Don't tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead."

John 13:1-15 Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, 3Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, 4rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. 5Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” 7Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” 8Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” 9Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” 10Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you.” 11For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean.” 12When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? 13You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.

Luke 22:7-34 Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 8Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, "Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover." 9"Where do you want us to prepare for it?" they asked. 10He replied, "As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, 11and say to the owner of the house, 'The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?' 12He will show you a large upper room, all furnished. Make preparations there." 13They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.

14When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15And he said to them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God." 17After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, "Take this and divide it among you. 18For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes." 19And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me." 20In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. 21But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table. 22The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed, but woe to that man who betrays him."

23They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this. 24Also a dispute arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. 25Jesus said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. 26But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. 27For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. 28You are those who have stood by me in my trials. 29And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, 30so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

31"Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. 32But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers." 33But he replied, "Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death." 34Jesus answered, "I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me."

Luke 22:39-62 Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. 40On reaching the place, he said to them, "Pray that you will not fall into temptation." 41He withdrew about a stone's throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 42"Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." 43An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. 45When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. 46"Why are you sleeping?" he asked them. "Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation." 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."

54Then seizing him, they led him away and took him into the house of the high priest. Peter followed at a distance. 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.

Luke 22:63-71 Now the men who were holding Jesus in custody were mocking him as they beat him. 64They also blindfolded him and kept asking him, “Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?” 65And they said many other things against him, blaspheming him. 66When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people gathered together, both chief priests and scribes. And they led him away to their council, and they said, 67“If you are the Christ, tell us.” But he said to them, “If I tell you, you will not believe, 68and if I ask you, you will not answer. 69But from now on the Son of Man shall be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” 70So they all said, “Are you the Son of God, then?” And he said to them, “You say that I am.” 71Then they said, “What further testimony do we need? We have heard it ourselves from his own lips.”

Luke 23:1-16 Then the whole company of them arose and brought him before Pilate. 2And they began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding us to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a king.” 3And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” 4Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no guilt in this man.” 5But they were urgent, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee even to this place.” 6When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. 7And when he learned that he belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him over to Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time. 8When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had long desired to see him, because he had heard about him, and he was hoping to see some sign done by him. 9So he questioned him at some length, but he made no answer. 10The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him. 11And Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him. Then, arraying him in splendid clothing, he sent him back to Pilate. 12And Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day, for before this they had been at enmity with each other. 13Pilate then called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, 14and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was misleading the people. And after examining him before you, behold, I did not find this man guilty of any of your charges against him. 15Neither did Herod, for he sent him back to us. Look, nothing deserving death has been done by him. 16I will therefore punish and release him.”

Luke 23:18-56 But they all cried out together, “Away with this man, and release to us Barabbas”— 19a man who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection started in the city and for murder. 20Pilate addressed them once more, desiring to release Jesus, 21but they kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify him!” 22A third time he said to them, “Why, what evil has he done? I have found in him no guilt deserving death. I will therefore punish and release him.” 23But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that he should be crucified. And their voices prevailed. 24So Pilate decided that their demand should be granted. 25He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, for whom they asked, but he delivered Jesus over to their will.

26And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus. 27And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for him. 28But turning to them Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ 30Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ 31For if they do these things when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?” 32Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him.

33And 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. 34And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments. 35And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” 36The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine 37and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.”

39One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 40But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” 44It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, 45while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. 47Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!” 48And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts. 49And all his acquaintances and the women who had followed him from Galilee stood at a distance watching these things.

50Now there was a man named Joseph, from the Jewish town of Arimathea. He was a member of the council, a good and righteous man, 51who had not consented to their decision and action; and he was looking for the kingdom of God. 52This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 53Then he took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud and laid him in a tomb cut in stone, where no one had ever yet been laid. 54It was the day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning. 55The women who had come with him from Galilee followed and saw the tomb and how his body was laid. 56Then they returned and prepared spices and ointments. On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

Luke 24:1-12 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.' " 8Then they remembered his words. 9When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 11But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.

Luke 24:33-34 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34and saying, "It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon."