Watch the Lamb.
32 On the way they met a man from
21 Simon from
26 As Jesus was being led away, some
soldiers grabbed hold of a man from
YRENE [sigh REE neh]
— a city on the north coast of Africa founded by Dorian Greeks about 630 b.c. Cyrene was later the capital of
the Roman province of Cyrenaica (ancient and modern Libya). Midway between
Less than 16 kilometers (10 miles) from the sea,
The Cross in the Old Testament.
14And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 15And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
7And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? 8And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. 9And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. 10And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.
11And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of
heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am
11And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD’S passover.
14Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
1Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? 2For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 3He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. 8He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. 9And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
10Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. 11He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. 12Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David.
1 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art
thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? 2O my God, I cry in the daytime,
but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent. 3But thou art holy, O
thou that inhabitest the praises of
11Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there
is none to help. 12Many
bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of
22I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst
of the congregation will I praise thee. 23Ye that fear the LORD,
praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the
Seven sayings from the cross
1. “Father, forgive them” Luke 23:34
32And there were also two other,
malefactors, led with him to be put to death. 33And when they were
come to the place, which is called
2. “Today you will be with Me in
43And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
3. “Woman, behold your son” John 19:26
26When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! 27Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.
4. “My God, My God” Matt. 27:46
46And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
5. “I thirst” John 19:28
28After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. 29Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.
6. “It is finished” John 19:30
30When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
7. “Father, into Your hands” Luke 23:46
46And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.
47Now when the centurion saw what
was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man. 48And
all the people that came together to that sight, beholding the things which
were done, smote their breasts, and returned. 49And all his
acquaintance, and the women that followed him from
John 20:1 The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. 2Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. 3Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. 4So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. 5And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. 6Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, 7And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. 8Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed. 9For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead. 10Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.
11But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, 12And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. 13And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. 14And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. 15Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. 16Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. 17Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. 18Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.
Many Infallible Proofs
Acts 1:3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:
Empty tomb John 20:1–9
A. Features concerning:
Foretold in the Psalms Ps. 16:10, 11;
10For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. 11Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
1 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? 2O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.
in Job. 19: 23Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book! 24That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever! 25For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: 26And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: 27Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.
1 Cor. 15:4
Announced by Christ Mark 9:9, 10; John 2:19–22
Proclaimed by the apostles
Acts 2:32; This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses.
Acts 3:15 and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses.
John 20:20, 27;
came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 20And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.
E. Appearances of, to:
Mary Magdalene Mark 16:9, Other women Matt. 28:9 Mark 16:9 (NKJV) Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons.
Two disciples Luke 24:13–15, Simon Peter Luke 24:34
Luke 24:35 (NKJV) And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.
Ten apostles John 20:19, 24
500 brethren 1 Cor. 15:6
All the apostles Luke 24:51; Acts 1:9
Angelic testimony Matt. 28:5–7
5And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. 6He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
His enemies His predictions were frightening to His enemies.
61 and said,
"This fellow said, 'I am able to destroy the
the next day, which followed the Day of Preparation, the chief priests and
Pharisees gathered together to Pilate,
63 saying, "Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, 'After three days I will rise.'
64 Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night and steal Him away, and say to the people, 'He has risen from the dead.' So the last deception will be worse than the first."
65 Pilate said to them, "You have a guard; go your way, make it as secure as you know how."
66 So they went and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone and setting the guard.
11Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. 12And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, 13Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. 14And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you. 15So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.
1 Corinthians 15:8 (NKJV) Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.
1 Corinthians 15:9 (NKJV) For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy
to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the
Seen by Five Hundred
I Cor. 15 : 6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep
“Jesus was a wise man who was crucified and on the third day He appeared to them restored to life … and the sect of Christians so called after Him has not yet disappeared”
The effects of the Resurrection.
Changed day of worship
Changed lives of the apostles (including Paul).
Changed Day of worship.
Lord’s Day (first day of the week) John 20:1, 19; 1 Cor. 16:2
Paul 1 Cor. 15:8
James 1 Cor. 15:7
Application: Because of the Resurrection, the Christian receives both eternal life (John 11:25)
Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. 24Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.
25Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 26And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
and spiritual power (Eph. 1:19, 20).19And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
the key to victory in the Christian life because of our union with Christ (Eph. 2:6). 6And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
provides for the future resurrection of the believer (1 Cor. 15:20)
20But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. 21For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
The Journey to
Text: Mark 11:1-10.
1And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto
Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth forth two of his
disciples, 2And saith unto them, Go your way
into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye
shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him.
3And if any man say unto you, Why do ye
this? say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightway he will send him
hither. 4And they went their way, and found the colt tied by
the door without in a place where two ways met; and they loose him. 5And
certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt? 6And
they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded: and they let them go. 7And
they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon
him. 8And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down
branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way. 9And
they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is
he that cometh in the name of the Lord: 10Blessed be the
kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in
the highest. 11And Jesus entered into
1. A background to the story.
2. The importance of making a journey.
I. The Proclamation To The Disciples.
A. Our journey begins with a proclamation
2And saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him
B. The journey of all men begins with a proclamation.
Matt. 28:18And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
II. The Position Of The Colt.
4And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without in a place where two ways met
I Kings 18:
21And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him
III. The Problems We Encounter On The Journey.
5And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt?
IV. The Power Of Praises And Worship.
9And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: 10Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.
V. The Presence Of The Prince.
11And Jesus entered
round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come
The evening marks the end of the journey.
John 9 :
4I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
Will the evening of life find you with Jesus.
The spiritual evening in the
Would you like to make this journey today?
How was the Crucifixion Done.
Crucifixion was unanimously considered the most horrible form
of death. Among the Romans the degradation was also a part of the infliction,
and the punishment if applied to freemen was only used in the case of the
vilest criminals. The one to be crucified was stripped naked of all his
clothes, and then followed the most awful moment of all. He was laid down upon
the implement of torture. His arms were stretched along the cross-beams, and at
the centre of the open palms the point of a huge iron nail was placed, which,
by the blow of a mallet, was driven home into the wood. Then through either
foot separately, or possibly through both together, as they were placed one
over the other, another huge nail tore its way through the quivering flesh.
Whether the sufferer was also bound to the cross we do not know; but, to
prevent the hands and feet being torn away by the weight of the body, which
could not “rest upon nothing but four great wounds,” there was, about the
centre of the cross, a wooden projection strong enough to support, at least in
part, a human body, which soon became a weight of agony. Then the “accursed
tree” with its living human burden was slowly heaved up and the end fixed
firmly in a hole in the ground. The feet were but a little raised above the
earth. The victim was in full reach of every hand that might choose to
strike. A death by crucifixion seems to include all that pain and death can
have of the horrible and ghastly—dizziness, cramp, thirst, starvation,
sleeplessness, traumatic fever, tetanus, publicity of shame, long continuance
of torment, horror of anticipation, mortification of untended wounds, all intensified
just up to the point at which they can be endured at all, but all stopping just
short of the point which would give to the sufferer the relief of
unconsciousness. The unnatural position made every movement painful; the
lacerated veins and crushed tendons throbbed with incessant anguish; the
wounds, inflamed by exposure, gradually gangrened; the arteries, especially of
the head and stomach, became swollen and oppressed with surcharged blood; and,
while each variety of misery went on gradually increasing, there was added to
them the intolerable pang of a burning and raging thirst. Such was the death to
which Christ was doomed.—Farrar’s “Life of Chist.” The crucified was
watched, according to custom, by a party of four soldiers, John 19:23, with
their centurion, Matt. 27:66, whose express office was to prevent the stealing
of the body. This was necessary from the lingering character of the death,
which sometimes did not supervene even for three days, and was at last the
result of gradual benumbing and starvation. But for this guard, the persons
might have been taken down and recovered, as was actually done in the case of a
friend of Josephus. Fracture of the legs was especially adopted by the Jews to
hasten death. John 19:31. In most cases the body was suffered to rot on the
cross by the action of sun and rain, or to be devoured by birds and beasts.
Sepulture was generally therefore forbidden; but in consequence of Deut. 21:22,
23, an express national exception was made in favor of the Jews. Matt. 27:58.
This accursed and awful mode of punishment was happily abolished by
Why seek ye the living among the dead?
Lu. Chapter 24
1Now upon the first day of the week, very
early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which
they had prepared, and certain others with them. 2And they
found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. 3And they entered
in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. 4And it came to pass,
as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in
shining garments: 5And as they were afraid, and bowed down their
faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the
dead? 6He is not here, but is
risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in
Intro: The living who
live among the tombs in
You will only find the hopeless and the homeless in the city of the dead.
People are still looking for Christ in the wrong place.