Jesus’ Body


Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus.  Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jews.  With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away.  He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night.  Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.  Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen.  This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs.  At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid.  Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.  John 19:38-42


(This is a special service of reading and song in which we have a chance to think about our Lord’s seven last words on the cross and how each of these words spoken is connected to Jesus’ body.  There will be no offering this evening.  Instead in this special way we want to pay attention to what the Lord gave to us with his seven last words and his life.  May the significance of these words ring on in our ears all year long.)




Introduction of the theme: Jesus’ Body.


Hymn 111   Sweet the Moments, Rich in Blessing


I. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”(Luke 23:34)     


Hymn 122  Sing, My Tongue, the Glorious Battle  (verses 4 and 5)


II. Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”(Luke 23:43)    


Hymn 417  I’m But a Stranger Here


III. Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.  When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.”  From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.  (John 19:26,27)   


Hymn 446  I Am Trusting You Lord Jesus


IV. At the sixth hour darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour, for the sun stopped shining.  And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”---which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”(Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34)    


Hymn 119  Were You There


V. Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” (John 19:28)  


All sing Psalm 22 (C.W. page 71)


VI. When he had received the drink, Jesus said with a loud voice, “It is finished.”(John 19:30)  


Hymn 138  Oh, Perfect Life of Love


VII. He then cried out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”  With that, he bowed his head and gave up his life. (Luke 23:46)  



We leave the church in quiet after the reading of Jesus’ last words.  This is not a hopeless silence on our parts, but a reverential one in which we think about our Savior’s death and the quiet of his tomb until Easter morning.  


As you pass by the cross on your way out, remember the passage, “Jesus sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself” (Hebrews 7:27)  He did this with his body, given for you. Your sins were on his cross.  All of them.  He paid for them all---even the ones you haven’t done yet---when he died.  Pass by his cross and remember it.


Please come on Easter Sunday morning (7:00 at the Sunrise Service at Sun City’s Pavilion Park or here at our church at 10:15).  Join us at Easter in praising our risen Lord!