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The Dying Christ









Think of the cross—

And sitting down, they watched him there. —Matthew 27

He saved others; himself he cannot save.  
Let him now come down from the cross—Matthew 27:42

JESUS stood before the governor. For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.  And when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.  —Matthew 27:13-26

Isaiah 53

He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.  53:5

Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.   And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.  And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon 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! —Matthew 27:27-29

Isaiah 53

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.  53:3

And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.  And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him. —Matthew 27:30-31

Isaiah 53

Yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.  53:7

 And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, they gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.  And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.

And sitting down they watched him there.  And set up over his head his accusation written, This Is Jesus The King Of The Jews.Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left. —Matthew 27:33-38

Isaiah 53

He was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.  53:12

And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.  But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?  And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.  And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.  —Luke 23:38-42

Isaiah 53

And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.transgressors.  53:9

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.  And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? —Matthew 27:45-46

Isaiah 53

Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief53:10

 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.  When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.—Luke 23:46;  John 19:30

 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent.  And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.  Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God. —Matthew 27:51-54

Andy Clower

Based on a manuscript for a short reading at the Church of Christ, Valley Congregation (Phoenix, AZ). Used here by kind permission.
The reading was presented as a continuous narrative rather than specifically mentioning each source. This approach allows the Holy Scripture to tell its own story in its own words without comment, without interruption.

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