The Crucifixion

“Bethlehem Make Ready”

Third Sunday in Lent

Watchword for the week — For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18

Sunday, March 7 — Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19
1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22

Stand up and tell them everything that I command you. Jeremiah 1:17

So I may prove true,

devoted to you,

and cheerfully stand,

prepared to comply with your ev’ry command. (608)

We do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord. 2 Corinthians 4:5

Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim,

and publish abroad his wonderful name;

the name of all-victorious of Jesus extol;

his kingdom is glorious, he rules over all. (565)

Dear Jesus, may we always proclaim you as Lord to all the earth. Because of your sacrifice on the cross, we are made victorious. Christ and him crucified remain our confession of faith. Amen.

(Courtesy: Moravian Daily Texts 2021)


Scripture Read & Listen

Listen here: Psalm 19 NKJV by Tinasha LaRaye

Psalm 19

The Perfect Revelation of the Lord

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

19 The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament[a] shows [b]His handiwork.
Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
Their [c]line has gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.

In them He has set a [d]tabernacle for the sun,
Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
And rejoices like a strong man to run its race.
Its rising is from one end of heaven,
And its circuit to the other end;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.

The law of the Lord is perfect, [e]converting the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the [f]honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned,
And in keeping them there is great reward.

12 Who can understand his errors?
Cleanse me from secret faults.
13 Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins;
Let them not have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless,
And I shall be innocent of [g]great transgression.

14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my [h]strength and my Redeemer.


Art Study for the Week

Crucifixion” (Alte Pinakothek), from the Seven Panels with the Life of Christ (c. 1320–1325). Public domain images.

The scene follows traditional iconography, with the experimental innovations of the Crucifixion in Scrovegni Chapel. The cross of Christ occupies the center of the painting, on a uniform gold background. Grieving angels crowd around the figure of Christ, while below Mary Magdalene (wearing red) embraces the cross. Two groups stand at the sides, leaving the central section isolated. At left is a group of pious women with Mary, who is fainting. At right, there is Saint John the Baptist and a centurion, who is raising his arm. Their presence is all typical of Crucifixion iconography.

Source: Strasburg Crucifixion


Hymns & Praises

Hymn: “At Calvary
(Original Lyrics) Author: William Newell (1895); Tune: “Gambia” by Daniel Towner (1895)

Years I spent in vanity and pride,
Caring not my Lord was crucified,
Knowing not it was for me He died on Calvary.
     Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
     Pardon there was multiplied to me;
     There my burdened soul found liberty at Calvary.

By God’s Word at last my sin I learned;
Then I trembled at the law I’d spurned,
Till my guilty soul imploring turned to Calvary.
     Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
     Pardon there was multiplied to me;
     There my burdened soul found liberty at Calvary.

Now I’ve given to Jesus everything,
Now I gladly own Him as my king,
Now my raptured soul can only sing of Calvary!
     Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
     Pardon there was multiplied to me;
     There my burdened soul found liberty at Calvary.

Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan!
Oh, the grace that brought it down to man!
Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span at Calvary!
     Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
     Pardon there was multiplied to me;
     There my burdened soul found liberty at Calvary.


Closing Prayer

I thank you, Lord our God, that again on this occasion You have opened my eyes to the light of Your wisdom. You have gladdened my heart with the knowledge of truth. I entreat You, Lord, help me always to do Your will. Bless my soul and body, my words and deeds. Enable me to grow in grace, virtue, and good habits, that Your name may be glorified, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and forever.
Amen.