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Service Guide / Good Friday: Surprised by the Cross - Mark 15:16-39



Here is love vast as the ocean

Loving-kindness as the flood

When the Prince of Life our Ransom

Shed for us His precious blood

Who His love will not remember

Who can cease to sing His praise

He can never be forgotten

Throughout Heav'n's eternal days

On the mount of crucifixion

Fountains opened deep and wide

Through the floodgates of God's mercy

Flowed a vast and gracious tide

Grace and love like mighty rivers

Poured incessant from above

Heav'n's peace and perfect justice

Kissed a guilty world in love

No love is higher no love is wider

No love is deeper no love is truer

No love is higher no love is wider

No love is like Your love O Lord

© 2004 Thankyou Music

CCLI Song # 3287884 -- CCLI License # 2450133 

how deep the father's love for us

How deep the Father's love for us

How vast beyond all measure

That He should give His only Son

To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss

The Father turns His face away

As wounds which mar the Chosen One

Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon a cross

My sin upon His shoulders

Ashamed I hear my mocking voice

Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there

Until it was accomplished

His dying breath has brought me life

I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything

No gifts no pow’r no wisdom

But I will boast in Jesus Christ

His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward

I cannot give an answer

But this I know with all my heart

His wounds have paid my ransom

© 1995 Thankyou Music

CCLI Song # 1558110 -- CCLI License # 2450133 

Good Friday: Surprised by the Cross - Mark 15:16-39

Feel the weight of the cross.

Intro: Without the brutality and the beauty of the cross of Christ, there is no Christianity. The cross is central to our belief. Good Friday is historically a special day of remembrance of the Cross of Christ. It is traditionally a somber day. Some may fast for the day, others choose to remain silent for the day. All need to remember the importance of the cross.


Context: Jesus had already been arrested, scourged, beaten and mocked. Roman soldiers added greater shame and humiliation by placing Jesus in a purple robe and making him wear a crown made of thorns.


History tells us the prisoners were expected to carry their own crossbeam from the prison to the place of death where there was already the upright in the ground. Going towards the place of death we meet the first of several people who are surprised by the cross.


I. An African Surprised by the Cross

  1. We may be surprised at how sudden the call to pain and suffering comes, but we can not dismiss the call join into the pain and suffering of Jesus.
  2. Simon, the African, is confirmation that this is a credible account of the crucifixion.


Cross Reference: Luke 9:23


II. A Centurion Surprised by The Cross of Christ

  1. This brutality upon Jesus was just the beginning of the ultimate sacrifice for the sin of the world —which would conclude with His sacrifice on the cross.
  2. The justice of God requires that our sin be paid for.
  3. Don’t miss this mission moment —the first recorded salvation after the cross was not a Jew, but a Gentile.

Cross Reference: Psalm 22


III. A Criminal Surprised at the Cross of Christ

  1. Acknowledging his own sin, the criminal turned to Jesus and recognized the perfection of Jesus —that is the very beginning of repentance.
  2. Calling on Jesus to save you is the fullness of repentance.
  3. The cross shows us God is both surprisingly loving and surprisingly just.


 Takeaway: The why, or the purpose of the cross is explained by eyewitness Peter in his first epistle, “For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring you to God.” (1 Peter 3:18) At the cross God’s love was beautifully displayed in the brutality of His death so “…that he might bring you to God.” If you have not come to God, don’t be surprised that He desires you like He desired that thief, that Centurion and that Simon.


The first Good Friday ended darkly and with much confusion. Yet Peter’s explanation in 1 Peter 3:18 has a second and final sentence, “He was put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit.” Sunday was coming, so the evidence that sin was forgiven was coming.


The wonderful 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

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

O the wonderful cross

O the wonderful cross

Bids me come and die and find

That I may truly live

O the wonderful cross

O the wonderful cross

All who gather here by grace

Draw near and bless Your name

Were the whole realm of nature mine

That were an offering far too small

Love so amazing so divine

Demands my soul my life my all

© 2000

CCLI Song # 3148435 -- CCLI License # 2450133 

lead me to the cross

Savior I come quiet my soul

Remember redemption's hill

Where Your blood was spilled

For my ransom

Everything I once held dear

I count it all as loss

Lead me to the cross

Where Your love poured out

Bring me to my knees

Lord I lay me down

Rid me of myself

I belong to You

Oh lead me lead me to the cross

You were as I tempted and tried human

The word became flesh

Bore my sin and death

Now You're risen

To Your heart

To Your heart

Lead me to Your heart

Lead me to Your heart

© 2006 Hillsong Publishing

CCLI Song # 4785828 -- CCLI License # 2450133 

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