Holy Friday, Crucifixion & Death


Jesus Dead

Who has believed what he has heard from us?

                                And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

                For he grew up before him like a young plant,

                                and like a root out of dry ground;

                he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,

                                and no beauty that we should desire him.

                He was despised and rejected by men;

                                a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;

                and as one from whom men hide their faces

                                he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

                Surely he has borne our griefs

                                and carried our sorrows;

                yet we esteemed him stricken,

                                smitten by God, and afflicted.

                But he was pierced for our transgressions;

                                he was crushed for our iniquities;

                upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,

                                and with his wounds we are healed.

                All we like sheep have gone astray;

                                we have turned—every one—to his own way;

                and the LORD has laid on him

                                the iniquity of us all.

                He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,

                                yet he opened not his mouth;

                like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,

                                and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,

                                so he opened not his mouth.

                By oppression and judgment he was taken away;

                                and as for his generation, who considered

                that he was cut off out of the land of the living,

                                stricken for the transgression of my people?

                And they made his grave with the wicked

                                and with a rich man in his death,

                although he had done no violence,

                                and there was no deceit in his mouth.

                Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him;

                                he has put him to grief;

                when his soul makes an offering for guilt,

                                he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;

                the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

                Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;

                by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,

                                make many to be accounted righteous,

                                and he shall bear their iniquities.

                Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,

                                and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,

                because he poured out his soul to death

                                and was numbered with the transgressors;

                yet he bore the sin of many,

                                and makes intercession for the transgressors.

(Isaiah 53 ESV)

Merry Christmas


And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem (because he was of the house and lineage of David) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

Luke 2:1-20



Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.

Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly.  But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.  And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son.  And he called His name Jesus.

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,  saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”

When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.  And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.

So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet:

‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
Are not the least among the rulers of Judah;
For out of you shall come a Ruler
Who will shepherd My people Israel.’”

Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared.  And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.”

When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was.  When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.  And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.

Matthew 1:18-2:12


Merry Christmas.