Lenten Wednesday Worship Series
Wednesday evenings through April 1
30,000! That’s the approximate number of annual crucifixions in the Roman empire. To the residents, a crucifixion must have seemed ho-hum. So why does Jesus’ crucifixion, one of about 30,000 that year, stand out? Jesus’ own words from the cross demonstrate why his crucifixion was so different—and so amazing.
Part 1: “Father, forgive them.” (Luke 23:34)
Wednesday, February 26 at 6:00 & 9:00 p.m., livestream at 9:00 p.m. only
How many Roman executions included the one being hung on the cross praying for the forgiveness of his executioners? Jesus had come to forgive all people, including his executioners, and us.
Part 2: “Today, you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43)
Wednesday, March 4 at 6:00 & 9:00 p.m., livestream at 9:00 p.m. only
Even as he hung on the cross, the words of Jesus penetrated the heart of a thief hanging next to him. Jesus offered to him the very thing for which he was sacrificing himself—life in paradise with him.
Part 3: “Woman, your son. Son, your mother.” (John 19:26)
Wednesday, March 11 at 6:00 & 9:00 p.m., livestream at 9:00 p.m. only
Caring about your family while dying on a cross wasn’t unique to Jesus. Others had loved ones, too. Only Jesus’ death on the cross was making a payment for the sins of those he loved, not just his close family, but each of us.
Part 4: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)
Wednesday, March 18 at 6:00 p.m. only, livestream at 6:00 p.m. only
All of us have wondered, “Where is God?” when tragedy strikes. Jesus experienced the agony of God-forsakenness—the agony of hell—as he hung on the cross. He suffered so that we would never have to experience the pain of being forsaken by God, but instead live with him forever.
Part 5: “I am thirsty.” (John 19:28)
Wednesday, March 25 at 6:00 p.m. (building closed, online worship only)
Jesus spoke these words so that scripture would be fulfilled (Psalm 69:21, Psalm 22:15). Even as he was suffering and dying, Jesus was fully aware of his purpose to complete the work of the Father who had sent him.
Part 6: “It is finished.” (John 19:30)
Wednesday, April 1 at 6:00 p.m. (building closed, online worship only)
Paid in full! Jesus’ words demonstrated that his death was more than just another in a long line of Roman executions. His death paid the price for the sins of the whole world, including yours and mine.