Ash Wednesday                                   February 10, 2016


Hymn 114, Christ, the Life of All the Living


Divine Service II, page 28 of the blue worship supplement


Almighty and merciful God, you never despise what you have made and always forgive those who turn to you. Create in us such new and contrite hearts that we may truly repent of our sins and obtain your full and gracious pardon; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


The Passion History of Our Lord Jesus Christ: Lesson One

The Feast of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover, was approaching. Jesus said to his disciples, "You know that after two days it will be the Passover, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified."

Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas. They plotted together how to arrest Jesus in some deceitful way and kill him. But they said, "Not during the feast, or else there might be a riot among the people."

Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, who was one of the twelve. He went and spoke with the chief priests and officers of the temple guard about how he could betray Jesus to them. They were glad and agreed to give him money. He made a promise and was looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus to them when the crowd was not present.


Psalm 51a, page 86 in the front part of the red hymnal


The Passion History of Our Lord Jesus Christ: Lesson One (continued)

On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed, his disciples asked him, "Where do you want us to go and prepare so that you may eat the Passover?" Jesus sent two of his disciples and said to them, "Go into the city, and there a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him, and wherever he enters, tell the owner of the house, 'The Teacher says, "Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?"' He will show you a large upper room, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there."

They went and found things just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover. When the hour had come, Jesus reclined at the table with the twelve apostles. 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 again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God."

Then a dispute arose among the disciples about which of them was considered to be greatest. But he told them, "The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who have authority over them are called 'Benefactors.' But not so with you. Instead, let the greatest among you become like the youngest, and the one who leads like the one who serves. For who is greater, one who reclines at the table or one who serves? Isn't it the one who reclines at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. You are those who have remained with me in my trials. And I grant to you a kingdom, even as my Father granted to me, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom. And you will sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel."


The Passion History of Our Lord Jesus Christ: Lesson One (continued)

Before the Passover Festival, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

By the time the supper took place, the devil had already put the idea into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot, to betray him.

Jesus knew that the Father had given all things into his hands and that he had come from God and was going back to God. So he got up from supper and laid aside his outer garment. He took a towel and tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

He came to Simon Peter who asked him, "Lord, are you going to wash my feet?"

Jesus answered him, "You do not understand what I am doing now, but later you will understand."

Peter told him, "You will never – ever – wash my feet!"

Jesus answered, "If I do not wash you, you have no part with me."

"Lord, not just my feet," Simon Peter replied, "but also my hands and my head!"

Jesus told him, "A person who has had a bath does not need to wash anything except his feet to be completely clean. You are clean, but not all of you." For he knew who was betraying him. This is why he said, "Not all of you are clean."

When Jesus had washed their feet and put on his outer garment, he reclined at the table again. "Do you understand what I have done for you?" He asked them. "You call me, 'Teacher' and 'Lord.' You are right because I am. Now if I, the Lord and the Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. Yes, I have given you an example, so that you also would do just as I have done for you. Amen, Amen, I tell you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.

He took a cup, gave thanks and said, "Take this and divide it among yourselves, for I tell you, from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes."


Sunday School selection


Misunderstandings of the Passion:
Hosanna (John 12:9-19)


Hymn 21, Hosanna to the Coming Lord


Hymn 134, O Bride of Christ, Rejoice


The Passion History comes from a new translation of the Bible being prepared by WELS pastors and professors. Permission was granted for use of the text: The Wartburg Project © 2014