Crucifixion (Crucified VBS)
- Liturgical Date: Crucified VBS Day 3 - June 3, 2014
- Order of Service: Evening Opening
- Hymns: LSB #461
And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" 35 And some of the bystanders hearing it said, "Behold, he is calling Elijah." 36 And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, "Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down." 37 And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. 38 And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, "Truly this man was the Son of God!" 40 There were also women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. 41 When he was in Galilee, they followed him and ministered to him, and there were also many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem. 42 And when evening had come, since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath, 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 44 Pilate was surprised to hear that he should have already died. And summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. 45 And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the corpse to Joseph. 46 And Joseph bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud and laid him in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock. And he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. 47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid. (Mark 15:33-47)
For six hours Jesus hung on the cross. Imagine the suffering of being stretched out and held in place for six hours. No rest. Getting hard to breathe. This was Jesus' suffering on the cross. And He suffered for you. To pay the price for your sins. To pay the price with His own blood.
As He's hanging on the cross, He talks about the redemption that He is buying. "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" (v34). God the Father, who we talked about Sunday in our Catechism study, forsook Jesus. God the Father cannot stand to be in the sight of sin. The Father forsakes the Son because the Son has become your sin and mine. So the Father forsakes Him as He dies.
Jesus dies because God the Father loves you. He created each one of us to live with Him. Just like Adam and Eve in Eden. God wants to live with you. He sent Jesus to be born of the Virgin Mary. To suffer for you.
You deserve much more than you receive for the sins you commit. The bad things you do. The good things you don't do. But God poured out His punishment on Jesus as He hung on the cross. Jesus was crucified for you. He rose from the dead for you. As we'll talk about tomorrow, Jesus rose so that you might rise to be with Him in Heaven. Because God the Father and God the Son both loved you so much that Jesus came to die for you. They love you so much that they send the Holy Spirit to help you believe that Jesus really did die for you. Amen.