5 April 2015 Sunday Morning Service

Bible
Matthew 26 : 36 – 50 & 27 : 1 – 5
Luke 24 : 30 – 49

Matthew
26:36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”
26:37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled.
26:38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
26:39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
26:40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter.
26:41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”
26:42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”
26:43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy.
26:44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.
26:45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour is near, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
26:46 Rise, let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”
26:47 While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people.
26:48 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.”
26:49 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.
26:50 Jesus replied, “Friend, do what you came for.” Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him.

27:1 Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people came to the decision to put Jesus to death.
27:2 They bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate, the governor.
27:3 When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders.
27:4 “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.” “What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.”
27:5 So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.

Luke
24:30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them.
24:31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.
24:32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
24:33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together
24:34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.”
24:35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.
24:36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
24:37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost.
24:38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds?
24:39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
24:40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet.
24:41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?”
24:42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish,
24:43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.
24:44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”
24:45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.
24:46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day,
24:47 and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
24:48 You are witnesses of these things.
24:49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”