Ring Out The Joy Chime Choir: “Christ The Life Of All The Living”
Liturgy – Page 38 (abbreviated “Service of the Word”)
Scripture Lesson: Matthew 27:11-31
Ring Out The Joy Chime Choir: “Amazing Grace”
Hymn – 127
SERMON – Matthew 27:11-31 – A TALE OF THREE PRISONERS
Offertory – Offering
Prayer – Lord’s Prayer
Closing Hymn – 397
(Wartburg Project Translation)
Jesus’ Trial in Pilate’s Court
(Mk 15:1-5; Lk 23:1-4; Jn 18:28-38)
11When Jesus stood in the presence of the governor, the governor asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”
Jesus said to him, “It is as you say.”
12When he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing. 13Then Pilate said to him, “Don’t you hear how many things they are testifying against you?”
14But he did not answer him—not even one word, so that the governor was very surprised.
Barabbas or Jesus?
(Mk 15:6-15; Lk 23:17-25; Jn 18:39-40)
15At the time of the feast the governor had a custom: to release one prisoner to the crowd, whomever they wanted. 16At that time they were holding a notorious prisoner named Barabbas. 17So when they were assembled, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release to you? Barabbas—or Jesus, who is called Christ?” 18For Pilate knew that they had handed Jesus over to him because of envy.
19While he was sitting on the judgment seat, Pilate’s wife sent him a message. “Have nothing to do with that righteous man,” she said, “since I have suffered many things today in a dream because of him.” 20But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus put to death. 21The governor asked them, “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?”
They said, “Barabbas!”
22Pilate said to them, “Then what should I do with Jesus, who is called Christ?”
They all said to him, “Crucify him!”
23But the governor said, “Why? What has he done wrong?”
But they kept shouting even louder: “Crucify him!”
24When Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing, and that instead it was turning into a riot, he took water, washed his hands in front of the crowd, and said, “I am innocent of this righteous man’s blood. It is your responsibility.”
25And all the people answered, “Let his blood be on us and on our children!”
26Then he released Barabbas to them, but he had Jesus flogged and handed him over to be crucified.
Soldiers Mock Jesus
(Mk 15:16-19; Jn 19:1-3)
27Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole cohort of soldiers around him. 28They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him. 29They twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand, knelt in front of him, and mocked him by saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 30They spit on him, took the staff, and hit him repeatedly on his head.