Thursday of Holy Week

Thursday of Holy Week

Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted – Words by Thomas Kelly. Music by O Mein Jesu, Ich Muss Sterben. Public Domain.

Stricken, smitten, and afflicted
See Him dying on the tree!
‘Tis the Christ by man rejected
Yes, my soul, ‘tis He, ‘tis He!
‘Tis the long-expected Prophet
David’s son, yet David’s Lord
By His Son God now has spoken
‘Tis the true and faithful Word

Tell me, ye who hear Him groaning
Was there ever grief like His?
Friends through fear His cause disowning
Foes insulting His distress
Many hands were raised to wound Him
None would interpose to save
But the deepest stroke that pierced Him
Was the stroke that Justice gave

Ye who think of sin but lightly
Nor suppose the evil great
Here may view its nature rightly
Here its guilt may estimate
Mark the sacrifice appointed
See who bears the awful load
‘Tis the Word, the Lord’s Anointed
Son of Man and Son of God

Here we have a firm foundation
Here the refuge of the lost
Christ, the Rock of our salvation
His the name of which we boast
Lamb of God, for sinners wounded
Sacrifice to cancel guilt!
None shall ever be confounded
Who on Him their hope have built

Your Wounds – Words and music by Carloline Cobb.  From Isaiah 52:13-53:12 

Oh man of sorrows
Hated and despised
So marred, so ugly
We all turned our eyes

Like sheep we’ve wandered
Going our own way
It pleased the Father
To crush You in our place

Your wounds, our healing
Your stripes, our peace
You carried our sorrows
You carried our griefs
Your suffering, our hope

You poured out your soul
Unto death
So we could be counted

Sinless one who takes our sins
Dying one our death condemns
Bearing our guilt though innocent
But the grave can’t hold you in

Thursday Scripture Readings

Jesus instructs his disciples Peter and John to secure a large upper room in a house in Jerusalem and to prepare for the Passover meal  – Matt. 26:17–19; Mark 14:12–16; Luke 22:7–13

In the evening Jesus eats the Passover meal with the Twelve, tells them of the coming betrayal, and institutes the Lord’s Supper – Matt. 26:20–29; Mark 14:17–23; Luke 22:14–30

During supper Jesus washes the disciples’ feet, interacts with them, and delivers the Upper Room Discourse (Farewell Discourse) – John 13:1–17:26

Jesus and the disciples sing a hymn together, then depart to the Mount of Olives – Matt. 26:30; Mark 14:26; Luke 22:39

Jesus predicts Peter’s denials – Matt. 26:31–35; Mark 14:27–31; Luke 22:31–34

Jesus issues final practical commands about supplies and provisions – Luke 22:35–38

Jesus and the disciples go to Gethsemane, where he struggles in prayer and they struggle to stay awake late into the night – Matt. 26:36–46; Mark 14:32–42; Luke 22:40–46