The Scourging

April 5, 2012

*Music links updated 2014*

Mark 15:15:  So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd,
released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus,
he delivered him to be crucified.

The Scourging

art credit:  Rubens “The Flagellation of Christ”


Listen: By His Wounds (Brian Littrell, Mac Powell, Mark Hall & Steven Curtis Chapman, from the 2007 album Glory Revealed, iTunes link)

(There should be an embedded audio file above and a play arrow, but sometimes WordPress has been balky recently with embedded audio.  Should the song not be showing up, or not playing, you can find a YouTube version here.)


Listen: Stricken Smitten and Afflicted (Fernando Ortega, from his 2005 Album Beginnings, iTunes link)

(There should be an embedded audio file above and a play arrow, but sometimes WordPress has been balky recently with embedded audio.  Should the song not be showing up, or not playing, you can find a YouTube version here.)


Stricken, smitten, and afflicted,
See Him dying on the tree!
’Tis the Christ by man rejected;
Yes, my soul, ’tis He, ’tis He!
’Tis the long expected prophet,
David’s Son, yet David’s Lord;
Proofs I see sufficient of it:
’Tis a true and faithful Word.

Tell me, ye who hear Him groaning,
Was there ever grief like His?
Friends through fear His cause disowning,
Foes insulting his distress:
Many hands were raised to wound Him,
None would interpose to save;
But the deepest stroke that pierced Him
Was the stroke that Justice gave.

Ye who think of sin but lightly,
Nor suppose the evil great,
Here may view its nature rightly,
Here its guilt may estimate.
Mark the Sacrifice appointed!
See Who bears the awful load!
’Tis the Word, the Lord’s Anointed,
Son of Man, and Son of God.

Here we have a firm foundation,
Here the refuge of the lost.
Christ the Rock of our salvation,
Christ the Name of which we boast.
Lamb of God for sinners wounded!
Sacrifice to cancel guilt!
None shall ever be confounded
Who on Him their hope have built.

Thomas Kelly, 1804

[reposted from 2009]

St. Gregory the Great: Prayer of Acclaim to the Suffering Christ

April 5, 2012

[reposted from 2007 and 2009]

Prayer of Acclaim to the Suffering Christ

O Lord, you received affronts without number from your blasphemers, yet each day you free captive souls from the grip of the ancient enemy.

You did not avert your face from the spittle of perfidy, yet you wash souls in saving waters.

You accepted your scourging without murmur, yet through your mediation you deliver us from endless chastisements.

You endured ill-treatment of all kinds, yet you want to give us a share in the choirs of angels in glory everlasting.

You did not refuse to be crowned with thorns, yet you save us from the wounds of sin.

In your thirst you accepted the bitterness of gall, yet you prepare yourself to fill us with eternal delights.

You kept silence under the derisive homage rendered you by your executioners, yet you petition the Father for us although you are his equal in divinity.

You came to taste death, yet you were the Life and had come to bring it to the dead. Amen.

— Saint Gregory the Great


Art Credit: Web Gallery of Art, Tiziano, The Scourging of Christ, Oil on canvas, Galleria Borghese, Rome

A Compilation of Good Friday Quotes, Poems, Hymns & Prayers

April 5, 2012

Updated 17 April 2014: 

(Note: this contains only a few of our 2014 Good Friday entries, click on the first link below to see all the latest entries)

We’ve posted many fantastic Good Friday quotes and devotionals in recent years.  Here are a links to some of our past posts for Good Friday. (The entries below are in reverse chronological order from 2013 – 2006, not in order of importance or preference.)

All Good Friday posts can be found here.

All Holy Week posts can be found here.


Poems for Good Friday

Good Friday Quotes: Charles Spurgeon – I Slew Him

A Good Friday Hymn #1: Alas and Did my Savior Bleed

A Litany of the Passion [from our Good Friday 2006 archives]

Dr. Peter Toon’s 2004 Reflection on the Good Friday Collects

Classic CCM Songs for Holy Week: Many Years Ago (Mickey & Becki Moore)

Trevin Wax: Arms Outstretched

Classic CCM songs for Holy Week from Christian Stephens: Look What You’ve Done, and Broken and Bleeding

Poems for Lent, Holy Week, Good Friday…

A Holy Week Worship Musical – Max Lucado He Chose the Nails

A Compilation of resources related to Stations of the Cross from around the world

Music for Lent: Thomas Tallis – Lamentations

Miserere mei, Deus: Music and poetry for a Lenten Friday

WA Criswell: He is dead… He is dead… He is dead. Then, then then…

A Holy Week and Good Friday Reflection – St. Augustine

CRUCIFIED (art, Scripture, music)

Prayers based on the Seven Words from the Cross (Project Canterbury)

Good Friday Devotional – Brazen Serpent (a devotional with music)

The Scourging (art, Scripture, music)

 Good Friday: Illustrated Devotionals & Prayers from our 2006 Archives

Good Friday Quotes: Trevin Wax – The Cross Offers a Glimpse into the Heart of God

A Good Friday Prayer: Let me cling to the cross

St. Gregory the Great: Prayer of Acclaim to the Suffering Christ

John Donne: Good Friday. 1613, Riding Westward

Here is love

Miserere, My Maker

A Good Friday Hymn: In Evil Long I Took Delight

A Good Friday Prayer: Charles Spurgeon – the Wonders of Calvary

John Piper: A Conversation with Death on Good Friday

St. Cyril of Jerusalem – He vouchsafed salvation

Prayers based on the Seven Words from the Cross

Good Friday Quotes: Oswald Chambers on the Cross

Good Friday Quotes – St. Theodore the Studite: Now a Tree Brings Life

Holy Week Sermon of St. Melito – God has been murdered

Holy Week Homily of St. Ephrem: Our Lord was Stripped that We Might be Clothed

JC Ryle – Our Mighty Substitute

The Cross teaches us to hate sin

Good Friday


Archived Posts from our old blog (at the internet archive):

Good Friday (Art, Scripture, prayer)

My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me (a prayer based on Psalm 22, by Pastor Mark D. Roberts)

Litany of the Passion

Good Friday: Strike the Shepherd and…

Sermon for Good Friday

David McCarthy: Eclipsed?

Dr. Peter Toon: About Good Friday (having trouble with this link – see the comment section for how to see the full post.)

John Piper — Why Christ Died #2 (see 2nd comment below)

John Piper — Why Christ Died #3

WONDERFUL Holy Week Meditations (Updated)

A Compilation of Lent & Holy Week Worship Music (with devotional links)

April 5, 2012

Updated March 2014

Here are all the worship songs we’ve included in various Devotional entries in past years during Holy Week.  In most cases accompanying devotionals are also linked.  I’ve also included some music from several favorite Lenten devotional posts.



From a 2012 devotional post:  Crucified


From a 2012 devotional entry: The Brazen Serpent


From a 2012 devotional post:  The Scourging

  • By His Wounds (Brian Littrell, Mac Powell, Mark Hall & Steven Curtis Chapman, from the 2007 album Glory Revealed, iTunes link)




From the 2012 devotional entry:  Gethsemane


From the 2012 devotional entry: Reflecting on Christ as the Passover Lamb


From the 2012 devotional entry:  Wash Me

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April 5, 2012

Modern hymnwriters Keith & Kristyn Getty and Stuart Townend have written a powerful hymn for Maundy Thursday:  Gethsemane.  (Here’s an iTunes link for a version from Stuart Townend’s album Creation Sings)


To see the King of heaven fall
In anguish to His knees,
The Light and Hope of all the world
Now overwhelmed with grief.
What nameless horrors must He see,
To cry out in the garden:
Oh, take this cup away from me
Yet not my will but Yours,
Yet not my will but Yours.

To know each friend will fall away,
And heaven’s voice be still,
For hell to have its vengeful day
Upon Golgotha’s hill.
No words describe the Saviour’s plight –
To be by God forsaken
Till wrath and love are satisfied
And every sin is paid
And every sin is paid

What took Him to this wretched place,
What kept Him on this road?
His love for Adam’s cursed race,
For every broken soul.
No sin too slight to overlook,
No crime too great to carry,
All mingled in this poisoned cup ‚
And yet He drank it all,
The Saviour drank it all,
The Saviour drank it all.

-Stuart Townend & Keith Getty

An excerpt from Scotty Smith’s Maundy Thursday prayer

April 5, 2012

From Pastor Scotty Smith’s Maundy Thursday prayer, posted today at Heavenward:

Your disrobing to wash their feet was with a full view to your being stripped naked to wash their hearts and our hearts, my heart. What wondrous love is this indeed! How wide, long, high, and deep? Don’t let us ever forget that the measure of your love is not just the basin and towel of the upper room, but your cross and death at Calvary. There simply is no greater love—none.

The full prayer is here.

I’m powerfully moved by that image that Christ disrobed to wash the disciples’ feet as a prelude to being stripped naked to wash MY heart.

Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Reflecting on Christ as the Passover Lamb

April 5, 2012

*Music links updated 2014*

art credit: Francisco de Zurbarán. “Agnus Dei” found at


Earlier this Lent, I came across two posts at the King’s English blog which I highly recommend as aids for reflecting on the Passover symbolism and the Exodus and their meaning for those who believe in Christ, our Passover, the Sacrifice Lamb:

Passover: I HIGHLY recommend reading it all!  But here’s an excerpt:

It’s not about the LORD inspecting each household to see whether it’s up to scratch.  It’s onlyabout whether the household is sheltering under the blood.  That is the only issue.

And it’s not even about how much faith you have in the blood.  If the blood is applied at all, you’re saved.  Strong faith in the blood and wavering faith in the blood lead to exactly the same outcome.  Because it’s not the faith in the blood that saves.  It’s the blood.

Do we see how Passover teaches us about our Christian lives?  Christ is our Lamb.  And His death on the cross was the true Passover – a plague of judgement that provides salvation for all who shelter under Him.

Therefore our salvation is entirely down to Him.  It’s not about the quality of our living, speaking, acting, praying.  It’s not even about the quality of  our own faith.  It’s only about the blood.  It’s the quality of His death, not the quality of our life.  Our salvation has nothing to do with our performance and everything to do with His performance.

Passover takes our eyes off our sins and off ourselves.  Our salvation is entirely outside ourselves.  It’s all about Jesus our Lamb.

Red Sea – An excerpt:

If you’re saved from judgement by Jesus’ sacrifice, won’t you just keep on wallowing in sin?  Doesn’t the cross mean that Christians will be complacent about sin and go on indulging in it?”

Actually the opposite is true.  Jesus doesn’t save us for sin, He saves us from sin.  And here’s how.  He doesn’t just die for us, He also rises to new life for us.

Or to put it in Exodus terms.  We don’t just enjoy a Passover, we also experience a Red Sea.  We’re not just sheltered under the blood of the Lamb, we’re also brought out of the land of slavery.

Those who benefited from the sacrificial lamb were also those who left Egypt.

And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD’S passover.  (Exodus 12:11)

The lamb was not given so that God’s people could enjoy Egypt.  It was given to bring them out.  Any who said ‘Yes’ to the substitutionary sacrifice were also saying ‘No’ to the old life.


Worship Music:

The Sacrifice Lamb, (by Lamb, from the 1995 album Lamb Favorites)

(There should be an embedded audio file and play arrow above, sometimes WordPress is being balky with embedded music.  If the song does not show up or does not play, there is a YouTube version here.)

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