"Crucifixion (Misereor Hunger Cloth)," Jacques Chery. Used by permission from the artist.
Image © by Jacques Chery. Artwork held in the Luther Seminary Fine Arts Collection, St. Paul, Minn.
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Luke 23:32-47 Commentary
by Barbara Lundblad
Often, there is no sermon on Good Friday.
The reading of Luke’s Passion story from Jesus’ prayer in the garden to his burial (22:39-23:56) is the focus of the service. Perhaps the story is read by different voices with hymns corresponding to portions of the reading. If there is a sermon, poetry may be better than prose or silence after each portion of the story.
If our reading begins with 23:32 the background has already been set for the death penalty. Jesus was kept in custody by the religious authorities all night. In the morning, he was questioned by the religious leaders, then Pilate, then Herod, then back to Pilate. The charges against him were all political: perverting our nation, forbidding payment of taxes to the emperor, and claiming to be a king. (23:1) Finally, Pilate left the verdict up to the people: “Jesus or Barabbas?” Barabbas. Bar-meaning “Son.” abbas -- meaning “Father/Papa.” Barabbas: Son of the Father.
We remember the words Jesus heard from heaven at his baptism: ...
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April 14, 2017
This podcast on Luke 23:32-47, the Narrative Lectionary reading for Apr. 14, 2017, features Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Kathryn Schifferdecker, and Matt Skinner. Podcast recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn.