Passion

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
      Why are you so far away when I groan for help?
Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer.
      Every night you hear my voice, but I find no relief.

Yet you are holy,
      enthroned on the praises of Israel.
Our ancestors trusted in you,
      and you rescued them.
They cried out to you and were saved.
      They trusted in you and were never disgraced.

 Pilate said to them, “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?”
 They all said to him, “Let Him be crucified!”
 Then the governor said, “Why, what evil has He done?”
 But they cried out all the more, saying, “Let Him be crucified!”
 When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but rather that a tumult was rising, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this just Person.You see to it.”
 And all the people answered and said, “His blood be on us and on our children.”
 Then he released Barabbas to them; and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified. Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole garrison around Him. And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head. And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified.

But I am a worm and not a man.
      I am scorned and despised by all!
Everyone who sees me mocks me.
      They sneer and shake their heads, saying,
“Is this the one who relies on the Lord?
      Then let the Lord save him!
If the Lord loves him so much,
      let the Lord rescue him!”

 And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads and saying, “You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”
 Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with the scribes and elders, said, “He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him. He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”
 Even the robbers who were crucified with Him reviled Him with the same thing.

Yet you brought me safely from my mother’s womb
      and led me to trust you at my mother’s breast.
I was thrust into your arms at my birth.
      You have been my God from the moment I was born.

Do not stay so far from me,
      for trouble is near,
      and no one else can help me.
My enemies surround me like a herd of bulls;
      fierce bulls of Bashan have hemmed me in!
Like lions they open their jaws against me,
      roaring and tearing into their prey.
My life is poured out like water,
      and all my bones are out of joint.
My heart is like wax,
      melting within me.
My strength has dried up like sunbaked clay.
      My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth.
      You have laid me in the dust and left me for dead.
My enemies surround me like a pack of dogs;
      an evil gang closes in on me.
      They have pierced my hands and feet.
I can count all my bones.
      My enemies stare at me and gloat.
They divide my garments among themselves
      and throw dice for my clothing.

 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, to each soldier a part, and also the tunic. Now the tunic was without seam, woven from the top in one piece. They said therefore among themselves, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be.”
 Now when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is translated, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

O Lord, do not stay far away!
      You are my strength; come quickly to my aid!
Save me from the sword;
      spare my precious life from these dogs.
Snatch me from the lion’s jaws
      and from the horns of these wild oxen.

 And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’” Having said this, He breathed His last.
 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split.

I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters.
      I will praise you among your assembled people.
Praise the Lord, all you who fear him!
      Honor him, all you descendants of Jacob!
      Show him reverence, all you descendants of Israel!
For he has not ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy.
      He has not turned his back on them,
      but has listened to their cries for help.

I will praise you in the great assembly.
      I will fulfill my vows in the presence of those who worship you.
The poor will eat and be satisfied.
      All who seek the Lord will praise him.
      Their hearts will rejoice with everlasting joy.
The whole earth will acknowledge the Lord and return to him.
      All the families of the nations will bow down before him.
For royal power belongs to the Lord.
      He rules all the nations.

 So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!”

Let the rich of the earth feast and worship.
      Bow before him, all who are mortal,
      all whose lives will end as dust.
Our children will also serve him.
      Future generations will hear about the wonders of the Lord.
His righteous acts will be told to those not yet born.
      They will hear about everything he has done.

-Psalm 22
-Matthew 27
-Mark 23
-Luke 24
-John 19

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One thought on “Passion

  1. hey, how come you haven’t emailed in forever and a day? I’m gonna assume you check your blog more than your email..

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