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Scripture Reading: Mark 10:32-34

Remember and Proclaim the Lord's Death

(The Lord Supper: Facts and Faith)



1.   Events were bringing Jesus ever closer to death (He was aware of this, Mark 10:32-34).

2.  Passover was approaching (a memorial of deliverance), Matt. 26:17-29.

3.   In upper room they ate the Passover and Jesus inaugurated LS
  -Lesson on humble service (John 13:1-17)

  -Announced betrayal and identified His betrayer | Judas left (26:20-25)

  -Explained the supper, reassured apostles, and sang (26:26-30; Jn. 13-16)

  -Gethsemane (prayed, arrested, and abandoned, 26:30-56)

  -Trials (Jewish and Roman)

  -Scourged, mocked, crucified, and buried (27:26-61)

  -Rose from the dead on the first day of the week (28:1, 5-6)

4.   Today is first day of week. We remember these events (esp. His death) every first day with the Lord’s Supper (Acts 20:7).

5.   Essential to properly remember Christ’s death (1 Cor. 11:23-34).

  a.     Our spiritual health is jeopardized when we do not (11:27, 29-30).

  b.     Aids to help us remember Christ’s sacrificial death for our salvation.



  A.     There is One Lord.

      1.     Constantly visualize scenes of Calvary, John 19:17-22.

      2.     “King of the Jews” (King of all men), Psalm 2:6; Acts 2:36.

      3.     There is only one Lord, Eph. 4:5.

          a.     All authority, facilitator, and sustainer, 1 Cor. 8:6.

          b.     Only Head of church and we are subject to Him in all things.

  B.     There Were Two Thieves, Mark 15:27-28 (Isa. 53:12).

      1.     “I find no crime in him” (3 times), 1 Pet. 2:22

      2.     Criminals – Guilty and condemned (Lk. 23:41).

      3.     Remember: The innocent One in the center. He loved and respected the law; Innocent dying for unjust (1 Pet. 3:18).

  C.    There Were Three Crosses.  

      1.     One was a cross of rebellion, Luke 23:39.

      2.     One was a cross of repentance, Luke 23:40-43.

      3.     One was a cross of redemption, 1 Pet. 2:24. (Ransom price paid to release us from sin, 1 Pet. 1:18-19.)

  D.    Four Soldiers Divided His Garments into Four Parts, John 19:23-24.

      1.     Common practice.

      2.     Did soldiers sense the extraordinary circumstance of this crucifixion? Mementos, or just greed? Nevertheless, divided into four parts, then gambled for His coat (Psalm 22:18).

  E.     There Were Five Wounds.

      1.     Fixation of limbs with iron nails (spikes).

      2.     Usually done lying on ground, then raised and dropped into hole.  Agony, horror, and suffering.

      3.     The fifth: Already dead when side pierced, John 19:32-37.

      4.     Thomas told to inspect these wounds, John 20:27.

  F.     There Were Six Horrible Hours, Mark 15:25, 33.

      1.     Crucified at 9:00am, Died at 3:00pm; Darkness last 3 hours.

      2.     Darkness (cf. eclipse of few minutes amazing): Utter darkness for three hours would be unforgettable (miracle).

      3.     Symbol of God’s judgment and wrath against our sin.

  G.    There Were Seven Sayings of Christ on the Cross.

      1.     A prayer of forgiveness, Luke 23:34.

      2.     A promise of salvation, Luke 23:43.

      3.     A show of compassion, John 19:26-27.

      4.     An expression of human suffering, John 19:28.

      5.     A cry of loneliness, Matt. 27:46.

      6.    A proclamation of victory, John 19:30.

      7.     A declaration of ultimate trust, Luke 23:46.



1.  “This do in remembrance of me,” 1 Cor. 11:24-25.

2.  We proclaim the Lord’s death until He returns, 1 Cor. 11:26.

3.  At Golgotha there was one Lord, two thieves, three crosses, four soldiers/garments, five wounds, six horrible hours, and seven sayings.

4.  Let us forever partake in a worthy manner (1 Cor. 11:26-27).



By: Joe R. Price

Posted October 5, 2021