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The Way of the Cross (Good Friday)
04/06/2007

Track 2 of 3 in the A Transforming Church . . . Celebrates the Life of Jesus series
Running time: 54 minutes, 04 seconds.


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Chuck Sackett Speaker: Chuck Sackett
Dr. G. Charles Sackett is minister of Madison Park Christian Church.

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Welcome: Chuck Sackett 0:00 - 1:45
Hosanna: Choir Song 1:48 - 6:00, Speech 6:15 - 7:05
Making a Name for Myself: Kevin Jobe 7:10 - 10:35
Via Dolorosa: Choir Intro 10:50 - 12:05, Song 12:06 - 15:55
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross: Choir Intro 16:10 - 17:48, Song 17:48 - 22:10
Passionate Voices: Suzi Wilson, Andy Sprague, Beth Deters, Carolyn Deitelhoff, Mark Goodwin 22:20 - 25:15
Be Lifted High: Mark Goodwin, Melanie Lily, soloists 25:40 - 31:30
Father's Sacrifice, train/drawbridge video clip 31:45 - 36:10
So High the Price: Choir 36:15 - 41:05
Response Call 41:15 - 43:50
Amazing Grace (My Chain Are Gone): Brittany Daly, soloist 43:50 - 48:35
Captivate Us: Lacey Liggett & Dan Phillips 48:40 - 53:50

Narrators: Don Berryman, Melissa McCrory, Rex Thomas, Kim Hageman
Band: Rick Neal, Rob Scheiter, Lacey Liggett, Dan Phillips, Kelsey Horner, John Rinehardt III
Media: Tim Altman, Kevin Dodd, Stephanie Wilcox, Paul Shriver, Isaac Gray, John Go
Artists: Andrew Fross, Jennifer Bock-Nelson, Helga Wilson

Hosanna

Praise is rising, eyes are turning to You
We turn to You
Hope is stirring, hearts are yearning for You
We long for You

'Cause when we see You
We find strength to face the day
In Your presence
All our fears are washed away
Washed away

Hosanna! Hosanna!
You are the God who saves us
Worthy of all our praises
Hosanna! Hosanna!
Come have Your way among us
We welcome You here, Lord Jesus

Hear the sound of hearts returning to You
We turn to You
In Your kingdom
Broken lives are made new
You make us new

'Cause when we see You
We find strength to face the day
In Your presence
All our fears are washed away
Washed away

Hosanna! Hosanna!
You are the God who saves us
Worthy of all our praises
Hosanna! Hosanna!
Come have Your way among us
We welcome You here, Lord Jesus

Hosanna! Hosanna!
You are the God who saves us
Worthy of all our praises
Hosanna! Hosanna!
Come have Your way among us
We welcome You here, Lord Jesus

Hosanna! Hosanna!
Hosanna!

Words and music by Paul Baloche and Brenton Brown 2006 Integrity's Hosanna! Music.
All rights reserved. Used by permission. CCLI #52394

That's how it all started in Jerusalem--shouts of "Hosanna!" "Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord!" "Hosanna in the highest!" You should've heard the talk amongst the people. There was an excitement in the air as the city stirred with questions about Jesus.

It didn't take long for things to change, however. You know how things tend to go as well as I do, and when people don't get their way--when things don't turn out as they expect…well, it just seems to bring out the worst in them. And, that's exactly how the story continues--with a betrayal.

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"Peter was right. Jesus is going over the edge. What in the world was He talking about--prophesying His own death like He had some special way of knowing? Here we were, innocently walking down the road, having a stimulating discussion. Then He starts this death talk. And He sounded like He meant it would be soon.

"He thinks the religious leaders are going to kill Him? Well, it would help if He'd stop baiting them so much. Get their power on our side. He never takes the right advantages. I've always told Him He had to be smarter that way. But the worst part of it all was that He talked about His death like it was something He wanted to happen.

"Peter had more guts than the rest of that bunch. He came out and said it. 'Of course You're not going to die. What a stupid thought! What will happen to all we've done? All the good we've accomplished? What will happen to us?'

"Then Jesus got really strange and started talking about Satan, like he was there or something. He turned on Peter. Peter--his right-hand man! How safe could the rest of us be after that? I think that's when I started to realize things were going sour. I never bargained for this death talk.

"I followed Jesus because I could see He was a winner. He could be something. Sure, He was a bit rough around the edges. He liked to hang out with the wrong set of people. His language needed a little culture. That's to be expected of the riffraff of Galilee. But there was something there--I sensed it. My winner's instinct said, 'Go for it.'

"And this was it? Some talk about violent death and the end of it all--for no purpose? I wanted to yell, 'Hey! Get off Peter's case! He's right! Don't throw away all we've worked for!'

"But I didn't, because suddenly I could see I'd backed the wrong horse. How galling to admit it. Me, the man who had always picked the winners. Will I get out of this with one shred of dignity left? Maybe…maybe I could still possibly get something out of all of it. Three years worth of investment! Can't I still possibly break even? There's got to be a way for an industrious guy like me.

"I've got a future ahead of me. I'm going places. Die? You could be king, Jesus. You could have everything. You could get whatever You asked for from these people. What good will You do any of us dead? What kind of king can You be then? Where is this kingdom You're always talking about--in the grave?

"He's not a winner at all. He's a loser. A failure. Twenty years from now no one will remember His name. But me--I'm not letting this slow me down. I've got places to go. They'll remember the name of Judas."

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On that night in the garden of Gethsemane, Judas carried out his plan of betrayal. Jesus was arrested, stood before Pilate, and listened as the crowd who had just welcomed Him into Jerusalem was now shouting for His crucifixion.

Jesus began His journey to the cross. Historically, this has been referred to as the Way of the Cross, or the Via Dolorosa--the path that Jesus walked on the way to His crucifixion. We read that "Pilate took Jesus and had Him flogged. The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe and went up to Him again and again, saying, 'Hail, king of the Jews!' And they struck Him in the face."

The crowd insisted that Jesus be crucified, so Pilate handed him over. "The soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying His own cross, He went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha).

Via Dolorosa

Ooo
Down the Via Dolorosa
In Jerusalem that day
The soldiers tried to clear the narrow street
But the crowd pressed in to see
The man condemned to die on Calvary

Ooo
He was bleeding from a beating
There were stripes upon His back
And he wore a crown of thorns
Upon his head
And he bore with every step
The scorn of those
Who cried out for his death

Down the Via Dolorosa
Called "The Way of Suffering"
Like a lamb came the Messiah
Christ the King
And he chose to walk that road
Out of his love for you and me
Down the Via Dolorosa
All the way to Calvary

The blood that would cleanse
The souls of all men
Made its way through the heart
Of Jerusalem

Down the Via Dolorosa
Called "The Way of Suffering"
Like a lamb came the Messiah
Christ the King

Down the Via Dolorosa
Called "The Way of Suffering"
Like a lamb came the Messiah
Christ the King
And he chose to walk that road
Out of his love for you and me
Down the Via Dolorosa
All the way to Calvary

Let us journey now, to the place called the Skull
Put the cross on His back, can He stand up to the weight?
If You are the Messiah, then perform a miracle
And get away from these people, who are filled with hate
And I was in that crowd, on that famous date

Stretch Him out on the cross, drive a nail through each wrist
Fasten the feet together, with one long spike
Through the enormous pain, He does not seem to resist
Lift up the cross, lift it straight and high
I watched the hammer swing, and heard every strike

"The King of the Jews" nail over His head
Crucify the others, on the left and the right
Cast lots for His clothes, as His blood runs red
Look up in horror, at this terrible sight
And what were you doing, as day turned to night?

Watch Him raise up His body, and strain for each breath
Listen to the screams of the crowd, hear the women wail
It will be many long hours, before He is overcome by death
And He thought about me, as He hung by the nail
I stood on that ground, and saw every detail
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross


When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died
My richest gain
I count but loss
And pour contempt on all my pride

Forbid it Lord that I should boast
Save in the death of Christ my God
All the vain things that charm me most
I sacrifice them to his blood

See from his head, his hands, his feet
Sorrow and love flow mingled down
Did e'er such love and sorrow meet
Or thorns compose so rich a crown

Were the whole realm of nature mine
That were a present far too small
Love so amazing so divine
Demands my soul
My life
My all!
My all!

"So! You who said you were going to pull down the Temple and rebuild it in three days! Come down from the cross and save yourself!"

"He 'saved' others, but He can't even save himself! Let this Christ, let this King of Israel come down from the Cross so we can see and believe!"

"'I am the Son of God!' That's what He said! Well, if He trusts in God, let God rescue Him from the Cross now--if God would even want Him!"

"SAVE YOURSELF!"

"Father forgive them. They don't know what they are doing."

"It was nine o'clock in the morning when they crucified Him. The written notice of the charge against him read, 'King of the Jews.' They crucified two thieves with him, one on His left, the other on His right."

"Surely, He held our grief. He carried out sorrow."

"But we thought Him stricken! Attacked by God and afflicted!"

"But He was pierced through for our sins--He was crushed for our transgressions! His pain brought us peace! By His beating, we are healed."

"By noon, darkness had fallen across the whole country."

"Don't leave me! I'm poured out like water. My bones are out of joint. My strength has dried up. I'm thirsty!"

"There was a jar of wine vinegar standing there. Someone soaked a sponge in it and lifted it to His lips."

"My God…why have you abandoned me?"

"They pierce His hands and feet!
They look at Him!
Stare at Him!
Gloat at Him!
They divide His garments between them!
And for His clothing they cast lots!"

Then Jesus cried out with a loud voice:

"It is finished! Father…into Your hands I commit My spirit."

"He breathed His last. When the centurion heard His voice, and saw how He died, he said, 'I am certain this man…was the Son of God.'"

Be Lifted High

Sin and its ways grow old
All of my heart turns to stone
And I'm left with no strength to arise
How You need to be lifted high

Sin and its ways lead to pain
Left here with hurt and with shame
So no longer will I leave Your side
Jesus, You be lifted high

You be lifted high
You be lifted high
You be lifted high in my life, oh God
And I fall to my knees
So it's You that they see not I
Jesus, You be lifted high

And even now that I'm inside Your hands
Help me not to grow prideful again
Don't let me forsake sacrifice
Jesus, You be lifted high

And if I'm blessed with the riches of kings
How could I ever think that it was me
For You brought me from darkness to light
Jesus, You be lifted high

You be lifted high
You be lifted high
You be lifted high in my life, oh God
And I fall to my knees
So it's You that they see not I
Jesus, You be lifted high

Oh Jesus, You be lifted high
You be lifted high
You be lifted high in my life, oh God
And I fall to my knees
So it's You that they see not I
Jesus, You be lifted high

Please read together

"Almighty God, who gave us Your only Son to death on a cross for our salvation, help us to die daily to our sin. As we walk in the way of the cross, may we find life through Jesus, and may our lives exist to glorify Him and to lift Him high. In Jesus' name, Amen."

Please sing with us

You be lifted high
You be lifted high
You be lifted high in my life, oh God
And I fall to my knees
So it's You that they see not I
Jesus, You be lifted high

Oh Jesus, You be lifted high
You be lifted high
You be lifted high in my life, oh God
And I fall to my knees
So it's You that they see not I
Jesus, You be lifted high

Words and music by Leeland Mooring 2006 Meaux Mercy. All rights reserved.
Used by permission. CCLI #52394

So High the Price

Lord of glory reigning in His majesty
Ruling long before the worlds were formed
Yet when darkness claimed His own
He stepped from heaven's throne
To bear a cross and wear a crown of thorns

So high the price He paid
The nails, the cross, the grave
Such pardon He bestowed
Such grace He showed
No greater sacrifice, He gave His very life
So deep the love, so high the price

Son of God so willingly He took our place
Clothed in robes of frail humanity
Fragile flesh and blood
Priceless crimson flood
Offered up for sin at Calvary

So high the price He paid
The nails, the cross, the grave
Such pardon He bestowed
Such grace He showed
No greater sacrifice, He gave His very life
So deep the love, so high the price

Buried like a beggar in a borrowed tomb
Everything for nothing so it seemed
But death could never stand
Against the nail-scarred hands
And power of heaven's resurrected King

So high the price He paid
The nails, the cross, the grave
Such pardon He bestowed
Such grace He showed
No greater sacrifice, He gave His very life
So deep the love, so high the price

So deep the love, so high the price
So high the price!

Words and music by Deborah Cruise Bailey & Marty Funderburk 2006 Christian Taylor Music. All rights reserved. Used by permission. CCLI #52394

"And, so , the question has to be posed, 'What are you going to do?' Based on everything you've seen and heard tonight, what are you going to do? Our response to what God has done is worship. Everything that has been done tonight is part of that--our singing, speaking, listening. You didn't come here tonight to be spectators--you came to be worshippers.

"We want to give you an opportunity to respond to the story that you've heard tonight. Maybe this was the first time you heard it--maybe it was the fiftieth. Either way, it deserves a response from you.

"But, how is that captured? How can we know the pain and anguish He went through? Experience what He experienced? How can we walk where He walked? We can't…and we aren't supposed to. He alone is the perfect sacrifice through which we have salvation. We aren't the Savior--He is. What we need to experience is His grace. That grace is reason to celebrate. It's also a reason to seriously take a look at the price that was paid for us and reverently give thanks for Him. It's a reason to draw closer to Him--to give our lives more wholly and completely to Him.

"So, around the perimeter of the room, you'll see crosses by each of the exits. During these last couple of songs, take some time to write on the red sheet of paper you'll find in your program. Perhaps you want to write something that you are thankful for--perhaps it's something you want to commit to start doing--or perhaps it's something you want to commit to stop doing. Whatever it is, take some time to write it out (you'll find pens placed sporadically in the chairs" and then nail it to the cross on your way out of the room. We ask that you remain silent as you exit and think on the grace offered to you through the sacrifice of Christ."
Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now am found
Was blind but now I see

T'was Grace that taught my heart to fear
And Grace my fears relieved
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed

My chains are gone, I've been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing Grace

The Lord has promised good to me
His Word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures

My chains are gone, I've been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing Grace

My chains are gone, I've been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing Grace

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow
The sun forbear to shine
But God who called me here below
Will be forever mine
Will be forever mine
You are forever mine

Words by John Newton. Additional chorus and lyrics by Chris Tomlin & Louie Giglio.
2006 worshiptogether.com Songs. All rights reserved. Used by permission. CCLI #52394

Captivate Us

Your face is beautiful
And Your eyes are like the stars
Your gentle hands have healing
There inside the scars
Your loving arms they draw me near
And Your smile it brings me peace
Draw me closer oh my Lord
Draw me closer Lord to Thee
Captivate us Lord Jesus set our eyes on You
Devastate us with your presence falling down
And rushing river draw us nearer
Holy fountain consume us with You
Captivate us Lord Jesus with You

Your voice is powerful
And Your words are radiant bright
In Your breath and shadow
I will come close and abide
You whisper love and life divine
And Your fellowship is free
Draw me closer oh my Lord
Draw me closer Lord to thee and
Captivate us Lord Jesus set our eyes on You
Devastate us with Your presence falling down
And rushing river draw us nearer
Holy fountain consume us with You
Captivate us Lord Jesus with You

And let everything be lost in the shadows
Of the light of your face
And let every chain be broken from me
As I'm bound in Your grace
For Your yoke is easy Your burden is light
You're full of wisdom, power and might
And every eye will see You
Captivate us Lord Jesus set our eyes on You
Devastate us with Your presence falling down
And rushing river draw us nearer
Holy fountain consume us with You and
Captivate us Lord Jesus with You
Captivate us Lord Jesus with You
Captivate us ohhh