The Passion According to Luke

The Gospel according to Luke:

When the time came for the Passover meal, Jesus took his place at the table, and the apostles with him. He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”

Then Jesus took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” Then Jesus took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And Jesus did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. 

Then Jesus continued, saying, “But see, the one who betrays me is here at this table with me. For the Son of Man is going as it has been determined, but woe to that one by whom he is betrayed!”

The disciples immediately became suspicious of each other and began questioning one another, wondering who among them might be about to betray Jesus.

(Humming to the tune of They Crucified My Lord, ELW #350)

A dispute also arose among the disciples as to which one of them was to be regarded as the greatest. But Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles like to lord it over others and people in authority like having important titles. But not so with you; rather, the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader is to be one who serves. Who would you rather be, the one who is seated at the table or the one who serves? You would rather eat and be served, right? But I have taken my place among you as the one who serves.

“You are those who have stood by me in my trials; and I confer on you, just as my Father has conferred on me, a kingdom, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and be strengthened as you take up responsibilities among the congregations of God’s people.

Then Jesus said, “Simon Peter, listen! Satan has desired to separate all of you from me. Peter, I have prayed for you, in particular, that your faith may not fail; and, when once you have been tested, turn back and strengthen your companions.” Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death!” 34Jesus said, “I tell you, Peter, the cock will not crow this day, until you have denied three times that you know me.”

Jesus said to the disciples, “When I sent you out without a purse, bag, or sandals, did you lack anything?” They said, “No, not a thing.” He said to them, “But now, the one who has a purse must take it, and likewise a bag. And the one who has no sword must sell his cloak and buy one. For I tell you, what was written in scripture must be fulfilled in me, and indeed what is written about me is being fulfilled.”

They said, “Lord, look, here are two swords.” Jesus replied, “It is enough.”

(They crucified my Lord, and he never said a mumblin’ word. Not word.)

Jesus came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. When Jesus reached the place, he said to the disciples, “Pray that you may not come into the time of trial.”

Then Jesus withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.” Then an angel from heaven appeared to Jesus and gave him strength. In his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground. When Jesus got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping because of grief, and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not come into the time of trial.”

While Jesus was still speaking, suddenly a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him; but Jesus said to him, “Judas, is it with a kiss that you are betraying the Son of Man?”

When the disciples saw what was coming, they asked, “Lord, should we strike with the sword?” Then one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus said, “No more of this!” Jesus touched the slave’s ear and healed him.

Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple police, and the elders who had come for him, “Have you come out with swords and clubs as if I were a bandit? When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness!”

Then the crowd seized Jesus and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house. Peter was following at a distance.

When the servants had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them. Then a servant-girl, seeing Peter in the firelight, stared at him and said, “This man also was with Jesus.” But Peter denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.” A little later someone else, on seeing Peter, said, “You also are one of them.” But Peter said, “I am not!” Then about an hour later still another kept insisting, “Surely this man also was with Jesus; for he is a Galilean.” But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about!”

At that moment, while Peter was still speaking, the cock crowed. Just then Jesus turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, “Before the cock crows today, you will deny me three times.” And Peter went out and wept bitterly.

(They nailed him to a tree, and he never said a mumblin’ word. Not word.)

Now the men who were holding Jesus began to mock him and beat him; they also blindfolded him and kept asking him, “Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?” They kept heaping many other insults on him.

When it was morning, the assembly of the elders of the people, both chief priests and scribes, gathered together, and they brought Jesus to their council. They said, “If you are the Messiah, tell us.” He replied, “If I tell you, you will not believe; and if I question you, you will not answer. But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” All of them asked, “Are you, then, the Son of God?” Jesus said to them, “You say that I am.” Then they said, “What further testimony do we need? We have heard it ourselves from his own lips!”

Then the assembly rose as a body and brought Jesus before Pilate. They began to accuse Jesus, saying, “We found this man perverting our nation, forbidding us to pay taxes to the emperor, and saying that he himself is the Messiah, a king.”

Then Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “You say so.” Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no basis for an accusation against this man.” But they were insistent and said, “He stirs up the people by teaching throughout all Judea, starting in Galilee where he began. He is a trouble-maker, endangering the peace.”

When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. And when he learned that he was under Herod’s jurisdiction, Pilate sent Jesus off to Herod, who was in Jerusalem at that time.

When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had been wanting to see him for a long time, because Herod had heard about Jesus and was hoping to see him perform some sign. Herod questioned Jesus at some length, but Jesus gave him no answer. The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him. Offended by Jesus’ silence, Herod and his soldiers treated Jesus with contempt and mocked him; then Herod put an elegant robe on Jesus and sent him back to Pilate.

That same day Herod and Pilate became friends with each other; before this they had been enemies.

(They pierced him in the side, and he never said a mumblin’ word. Not word.)

Pilate then called together the chief priests, the leaders, and the people, and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was perverting the people; and here I have examined him in your presence and have not found this man guilty of any of your charges against him. Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us. Indeed, he has done nothing to deserve death. I will threaten Jesus with a beating and release him.”

Then the crowd shouted out together, “Away with this fellow! Release Barabbas for us!” (Barabbas was a man who had been put in prison for an insurrection that had taken place in the city, and for murder.) Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, addressed the crowd again; but they kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify him!” A third time Pilate said to the mob, “Why, what evil has he done? I have found in him no ground for the sentence of death; I will therefore have him beaten and then release him.”

But the mob kept demanding and shouting that Jesus should be crucified; and their voices prevailed. So Pilate gave his verdict that their demand should be granted. Pilate released Barabbas, the man who had been put in prison for insurrection and murder, and Pilate handed Jesus over to the crowd.

As they led Jesus away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and they laid the cross on him, and made him carry it behind Jesus. A great number of people followed Jesus, and among them were women who were beating their breasts and wailing for him.

But Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For the days are surely coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.’ Then the people will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us’; and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ For if they do this when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?”

(The blood came tricklin’ down, and he never said a mumblin’ word. Not word.)

Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with Jesus. When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots to divide Jesus’ clothing. And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders mocked Jesus, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, God’s chosen one!” The soldiers also mocked Jesus, coming up and offering him sour wine, and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!”

There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.”

One of the criminals kept mocking Jesus saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”  Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, while the sun’s light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Having said this, Jesus breathed his last. When the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God and said, “Certainly this man was innocent.”

And when all the crowds who had gathered there for this spectacle saw what had taken place, they returned home, overcome with grief. All Jesus’ acquaintances, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, keeping vigil.

(He bowed his head and died, and he never said a mumblin’ word. Not word.)

Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph, who, though a member of the council, had not agreed to their plan and action. He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea, and he was waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Joseph took Jesus’ body down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid it in a rock-hewn tomb where no one had ever been laid.

It was the day of Preparation, and the sabbath was beginning. The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph, and they saw the tomb and how his body was laid. Then they returned to their homes, and prepared spices and ointments.

On the sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

The Gospel of the Lord.             

About Pastor Susan Kirlin-Hackett