THE REMEMBRANCE AND MEMORIAL OF THE DEATH OF CHRIST Friday, April 15th, 2022

The "Remembrance and Memorial of the Death of Christ"  Friday, April 15, 2022
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Topic: Commemorating Christs' Death by partaking of the Bread and Wine.

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April 15, 2022 – (8:00 PM ET; 7:00 PM CT; 6:00 PM MT; 5:00 PM PT)

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John 19:30 KJV

(30) When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished:

and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

We, the Berean Bible Fellowship, welcome you to our Remembrance, or Commemoration or Memorial, of our Lord and Redeemer Jesus Christ's Ransom Sacrifice, in joyful obedience of His command.

And to allow the Word of God in His Holy Bible to answer the questions:

  1. What was Jesus referring to when, with His last words before His death, He said, "It is finished"?

and,

  1. Why does "It is finished" matter to us today?

Before we begin our Remembrance, we need to ask God to bless our efforts here tonight in accordance with His only begotten Son's promise:

Mat_18:20 KJV

(20) For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Joh_16:23 KJV

(23) And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.

Brother LLLLL will ask for God's blessing for our Remembrance:

- Opening Prayer

For those who may be unfamiliar with our Fellowship, we study God's Word as closely as possible in the same manner as the Church of Berea, as reported by the Apostle Paul:

Act_17:11 KJV

(11) These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

In keeping with our commitment to study as closely as possible as the Bereans' studied, tonight's Remembrance will consist primarily of Scriptures with narration only as required for continuity.

What you hear tonight is posted - pretty much verbatim - on

bereanbible.net, in the tab marked, The Manuscript for the Memorial, April 15, 2022.

Also, you will notice that all the Scriptures in that text are quoted from the King James Version (KJV) because that is still the translation most people use, and for the sake of continuity with cross references and concordances.

However, tonight you will hear the Scriptures being read from other translations using different English words than the King James translation of the Hebrew and Greek.

If you investigate the definitions of the differing words using a concordance, you'll discover they are pretty much the same in meaning.

You will hear the Scriptures read from the following versions:

The Authorized King James Version;

New American Bible, St. Joseph Edition;

New American Standard Version;

New American Standard Updated Edition;

New King James Version;

English Standard Version;

Hebrew Names Version; and,

The Altar Translation.

(PAUSE)

To understand what Jesus - finished - we must begin at the beginning:

Genesis 1:27-31 KJV

  1. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

  2. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

  3. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

  4. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

  5. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Genesis 2:15-17 KJV

  1. And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

  2. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

  3. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Genesis 3:1-6 KJV

  1. Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

  2. And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

  1. But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

  2. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

Thus, with the words ‘Ye shall NOT surely die”, the very first lie is recorded. But exactly who told that lie? Who occupied the serpent’s physical body?

2 Corinthians 11:3 KJV

(3) But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

Revelation 12:9 KJV

(9) And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Revelation 20:2 KJV

(2) And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

Jesus, speaking of this, said,

John 8:44 KJV

(44)  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Luke 10:18 KJV

(18) And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

Now that we know the first lie and the identity of the liar, we return to the Garden of Eden to see the results of disobeying God’s commands:

Genesis 3:22-23 KJV

  1. And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

  2. Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

In his disobedience, Adam lost the perfection given him at his creation. Adam, and mankind, was now imperfect, blemished, unfit to be in God's presence.

God not only made His view of this clear when instructing the Israelites concerning their sacrifices, but also established the conditions for the redemption of Adam and all mankind:

Leviticus 1:1-4

  1. And the LORD called unto Moses, and spake unto him out of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying,

  2. Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man of you bring an offering unto the LORD, ye shall bring your offering of the cattle, even of the herd, and of the flock.

  3. If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD.

  4. And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.

Satan was not ignored for his role in this:

Genesis 3:14-15 KJV

  1. And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

  2. And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

True to God's Word, Adam died:

2 Peter 3:8 KJV

(8) But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

Genesis 5:5 KJV

(5) And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.

Satan's evil work extended even to Jesus, Himself:

Matthew 4:1-11 KJV

  1. Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

  2. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.

  3. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

  4. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

  5. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,

  6. And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

  7. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

  8. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

  9. And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

  10. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

  11. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

As humans, we have to wonder at why God put up with all this from Satan, when He could have destroyed Satan with just a thought. In His mercy, God explains this to us:

Isaiah 55:8-9 KJV

  1. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

  2. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Just how did God plan to rectify this problem between His perfection, mankind's sin and Satan's rebellion?

John 1:14

(14) And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

John 3:16-17

  1. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

  2. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

John 3:36

(36) He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

1 John 2:2

(2) And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

Ephesians 1:7

(7) In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Isaiah 53:1-12

  1. Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

  2. For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

  3. 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.

  4. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

  5. But 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.

  6. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

  7. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, 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.

  8. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his

generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

  1. 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.

  2. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

  3. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

  4. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

2 Corinthians 5:21

(21) For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Psalms 16:10

  1. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

 

 

Isaiah 26:19

(19) Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.

Acts 13:36-39

  1. For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:

  2. But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption.

  3. Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:

  4. And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.

Romans 6:23 KJV

(23) For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

1 Corinthians 15:21-22 KJV

  1. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

  2. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

1 Corinthians 15:45 KJV

(45) And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

2 Corinthians 5:20

(20) Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.

1 Corinthians 15:3-11 KJV

  1. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

  2. And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

  3. And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:

  4. After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.

  5. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.

  6. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.

  7. For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.

  8. But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

  9. Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.

God’s only begotten Son, a perfect man, has the mission to redeem, by surrendering His perfect life, Adam and mankind from the last, great enemy, death.

Satan has tried to turn Jesus from His mission - and Jesus has overcome Satan.

Jesus has spent 3-1/2 years teaching humans about God's Plan and demonstrating God's power through miracles.

Now we are entering Jesus' last week on earth as a human – Passover week.

The lunar time and date of Passover, and from that Jesus’ Remembrance, were fixed by Jehovah God Himself:

Exo_12:1-3 KJV

  1. And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,

  2. This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.

  3. Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:

Exo_12:5-6 KJV

  1. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:

  2. And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.

For this year, the date of Passover can be calculated as:

Rosh Chodesh Nisan (Start of month of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar) for Hebrew Year 5782, our year 2022, begins at sundown on Friday, 1 April 2022. the “first month of the year” (verse 2), began on April 1st.

Thus, the ‘fourteenth day of the same month” (verse 6) falls on today, April 15th.

As followers of Jesus Christ, our observation was commanded by Jesus, Himself:

Luk_22:14-20 KJV

  1. And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him.

  2. And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:

  3. For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.

  4. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves:

  5. For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.

  6. And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.

  7. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

In the days between Jesus entering Jerusalem exalted as a king, until His execution as a criminal, Jesus’ final days were of striking contrasts:

from being the people's choice to be their king:

Joh_12:12-15 KJV

(12)  On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,

(13)  Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.

(14)  And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written,

(15)  Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt.

to the same people choosing to have Him executed as a criminal;

Mark 15:15-27 KJV

(15)  And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified.

(16)  And the soldiers led him away into the hall, called Praetorium; and they call together the whole band.

(17)  And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head,

(18)  And began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews!

(19)  And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him.

(20)  And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him.

(21)  And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross.

(22)  And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull.

(23)  And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not.

(24)  And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take.

(25)  And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.

(26)  And the superscription of his accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS.

(27)  And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left.

Fulfilling the prophecy:

Isaiah 53:12 KJV

(12)  Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

from exuberant praises of hosannas

Mat_21:9 KJV

(9)  And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.

to hateful cries of “crucify him;”

Mark 15:12-14 KJV

(12)  And Pilate answered and said again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews?

(13)  And they cried out again, Crucify him.

(14)  Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him.

from being honored and hailed

Mar_11:8-10 KJV

(8)  And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way.

(9)  And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:

(10)  Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.

to being insulted and reviled;

Mat_27:39-44 KJV

(39)  And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,

(40)  And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.

(41)  Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,

(42)  He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.

(43)  He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.

(44)  The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth.

even by one of the thieves being crucified with Him:

Luk_23:39-43 KJV

(39)  And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.

(40)  But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?

(41)  And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.

(42)  And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.

(43)  And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

from being united around and protected

Mat_26:51-54 KJV

(51)  And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest's, and smote off his ear.

(52)  Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

(53)  Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?

(54)  But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?

to being totally abandoned by those with whom He had shared His life and taught for over three years;

Mat_26:55-56 KJV

(55)  In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me.

(56)  But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.


even denied and abandoned by His closest companion

Mat_26:33-35 KJV

(33)  Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.

(34)  Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.

(35)  Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.

Mat_26:69-75 KJV

(69)  Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee.

(70)  But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest.

(71)  And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth.

(72)  And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.

(73)  And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech betrayeth thee.

(74)  Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.

(75)  And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.

from being anointed in loving adoration,

Joh_12:1-8 KJV

(1)  Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.

(2)  There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.

(3)  Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

(4)  Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him,

(5)  Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?

(6)  This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.

(7)  Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this.

(8)  For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.

to being betrayed - with a kiss;

Mat_26:45-49 KJV

(45)  Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.

(46)  Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.

(47)  And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people.

(48)  Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast.

(49)  And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.

from being a respected teacher in the temple,

Mar_11:27 KJV

(27)  And they come again to Jerusalem: and as he was walking in the temple, there come to him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders,

Mar_12:28-37 KJV

(28)  And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?

(29)  And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:

(30)  And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

(31)  And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

(32)  And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:

(33)  And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.

(34)  And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.

(35)  And Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the temple, How say the scribes that Christ is the Son of David?

(36)  For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The LORD said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool.

(37)  David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son? And the common people heard him gladly.

to being given the third-degree by the Jewish religious leaders;

Mat_26:57-68 KJV

(57)  And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled.

(58)  But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest's palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end.

(59)  Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death;

(60)  But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses,

(61)  And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.

(62)  And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee?

(63)  But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.

(64)  Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

(65)  Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy.

(66)  What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death.

(67)  Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands,

(68)  Saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee?

from casting the thieves out of the temple area

Mar_11:15-18 KJV

(15)  And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves;

(16)  And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.

(17)  And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.

(18)  And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine.

to being crucified as a criminal between two thieves;

Mat_27:38 KJV

(38)  Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.

from the quiet of Gethsemane’s peacefulness

Mat_26:36 KJV

(36)  Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.

to the hysteria of the frenzied mob at Pontius Pilate's judgement seat;

Joh_19:13-15 KJV

(13)  When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha.

(14)  And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!

(15)  But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.

from the warm fellowship of Simon the Leper’s home

Mat_26:6-13 KJV

(6)  Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,

(7)  There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.

(8)  But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?

(9)  For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.

(10)  When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.

(11)  For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.

(12)  For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.

(13)  Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.

to the brutal mockings and physical abuse by vicious guards;

Mat_27:26-31 KJV

(26)  Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

(27)  Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.

(28)  And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.

(29)  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!

(30)  And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.

(31)  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.

from the reverence and awe of the Lord’s supper

Luk_22:13-23 KJV

(13)  And they went, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover.

(14)  And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him.

(15)  And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:

(16)  For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.

(17)  And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves:

(18)  For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.

(19)  And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.

(20)  Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

(21)  But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table.

(22)  And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed!

(23)  And they began to enquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing.

to the public disgrace of the cruel mockings upon the cross;

Mark 15:22-32 KJV

(22)  And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull.

(23)  And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not.

(24)  And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take.

(25)  And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.

(26)  And the superscription of his accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS.

(27)  And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left.

(28)  And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.

(29)  And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days,

(30)  Save thyself, and come down from the cross.

(31)  Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save.

(32)  Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him.

from receiving His Father's comfort through an angel,

Luk_22:39-46 KJV

(39)  And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him.

(40)  And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.

(41)  And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,

(42)  Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

(43)  And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.

(44)  And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

(45)  And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow,

(46)  And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.

to feeling forsaken by God at almost the very end.

Mat_27:45-46 KJV

(45)  Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.

(46)  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?

From completing His very last earthly obligation, even after enduring the agony of six hours of being nailed on and hanging from the cross

John 19:25-27 KJV

(25)  Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.

(26)  When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!

(27)  Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.

to giving up His earthly life in the knowledge that He had successfully completed every detail of the mission God had given Him on earth:

John 19:28-30 KJV

(28)  After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.

(29)  Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.

(30)  When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

(PAUSE)

What do the Scriptures tell us about Jesus' feelings towards human beings?

While the Gospels have many references to Jesus' love and care for the fallen race of humans, here are just a couple of examples:

Joh_11:32-35 KJV

(32)  Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

(33)  When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled,

(34)  And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.

(35)  Jesus wept.

and

1 John 4:7-10 KJV

(7)  Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

(8)  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

(9)  In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

(10)  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

At the beginning of Jesus' last Passover observance with His disciples:

Luk_22:14-15 KJV

(14)  And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him.

(15)  And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:

John 13:2-5 KJV

(2)  And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him;

(3)  Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;

(4)  He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.

(5)  After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.

Joh_13:12-17 KJV

(12)  So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?

(13)  Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.

(14)  If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet.

(15)  For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

(16)  Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.

(17)  If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

Jesus knew that one of His own would betray Him and that it was necessary to fulfill the prophecy:

Zec_11:12-13 KJV

(12)  And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.

(13)  And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD.

Knowing this prophecy:

Joh_13:21-30 KJV

(21)  When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.

(22)  Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake.

(23)  Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.

(24)  Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake.

(25)  He then lying on Jesus' breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it?

(26)  Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.

(27)  And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.

(28)  Now no man at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto him.

(29)  For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the feast; or, that he should give something to the poor.

(30)  He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night.

After Judas had left the room, Jesus gave His remaining disciples a new commandment:

Joh_13:34-35 KJV

(34)  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

(35)  By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

For this reason, we are gathered tonight.

But we must first heed Paul's warnings:

1Co_11:27-29 KJV

(27)  Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

(28)  But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

(29)  For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.

We are gathered in humble, joyful and thankful obedience in remembrance of the greatest human life ever lived, to give honor to the Redeemer and life giver of the human race, the "only begotten Son" of God, Jesus Christ.

John 3:13-21 KJV

(13)  And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

(14)  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

(15)  That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

(16)  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

(17)  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

(18)  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

(19)  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

(20)  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

(21)  But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

We recognize and accept the work of atonement accomplished through Jesus' Ransom Sacrifice and Sin-Offering, and through the symbols of bread and the cup, as taught by our Lord and Savior, we honor these precious doctrines.

Mat_26:26 KJV

(26)  And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.

 


Just as Jesus asked a blessing on the bread before serving it to His disciples, so I will ask Sister JJJJ to ask a similar blessing on the bread in consideration of what it pictures.

PRAYER FOR THE BREAD:

All those desiring to partake of the bread, please reverently and solemnly partake of your bread at this time.

[Wait 30 seconds]

Has everyone had time to partake of the bread?

(Wait 5 seconds)

(After 5 seconds, if no one has asked for more time, then read)

Mat_26:27-28 KJV

(27)  And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;

(28)  For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

As Jesus gave thanks for the cup before serving it to His disciples, so Brother HHHH will pray a similar blessing on the cup in consideration of what it pictures.

PRAYER FOR THE CUP:

All those desiring to partake of the cup, please reverently and solemnly partake of your cup at this time.

[Wait 30 seconds]

Has everyone had time to partake of the cup?

(Wait 5 seconds)

All of us of the Berean Bible Fellowship thank you for being with us tonight and invite you to come back any Thursday and/or Saturday night and join us again.

After our closing prayer, we encourage you to symbolically go to the Mount of Olives with our Lord Jesus and continue your devotional meditations of Jesus final experiences in His remaining hours on earth, ultimately calling to mind His glorious resurrection on the third day.

Sister Y___ will now close our Memorial observance with a prayer.

Closing prayer.

 

 

 

 

2 Responses to THE REMEMBRANCE AND MEMORIAL OF THE DEATH OF CHRIST Friday, April 15th, 2022

  1. Bro Dave says:

    The Remembrance text and Scriptures will be posted here not later than the evening of Friday, March 26, 2021.

  2. Theophilis says:

    Our dear brother Eric Wilson shares some very enlightening information regarding the memorial and who partakes. A must watch for anyone coming out of Watchtower. Who are the “other sheep “? How often do we partake? Who are the 144000?
    He also provides an alternative time to celebrate for those who can’t share on our celebration. 9pm. I will probably be on this due to my personal circumstances.
    https://youtu.be/ya5cXmL7cII

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