Lectionary Commentary 1: Good Friday

By C. Chappell Temple
Isaiah 52:13–53:12 The passages for Good Friday present a look at the redemptive work of Christ that spans the centuries. In Isaiah 52:13, for instance, the prophet offers a … read more

Answering Pilate's Question

By C. Chappell Temple
John 18:28–19:26 Had he been asked at the time, he would never have guessed that he would be known best for centuries afterward for the his role as summarized in the simple… read more

Good Friday

By Thomas Lane Butts
John 18:1–19:42 What a day! Who in the world gave it the name "Good Friday"? Reading even the most sketchy and benign accounts of that day is enough to make even the strong… read more

Joseph of Arimathea

By Robert Martin Walker
A Sermon/Monologue for Good Friday Isaiah 52:13–53:12; John 18:1–19:42 As a member of the Sanhedrin, I had participated in audiences with the procurator of Judea… read more

Will You Let Jesus Wash Your Feet?

By Marsha Brown Woodward
Text: John 13:1-17 Theme: It takes courage to risk being open with Christ. Sermon Outline FROM PETER'S PERSPECTIVE Set the stage by retelling the story from the perspective of… read more

Lectionary Commentary 2: Holy Thursday

By J. Michael Lowry
Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14 The Passover story of Exodus 12 is the story of God's redemption of God's people. The lamb was sacrificed for the redemption and rescue of the people. … read more

A Night of Glory

By J. Michael Lowry
John 13:1-7, 31b-35 Say the word glory aloud. Let it roll across the tongue and out of your mouth. The very word glory contains a sense of triumph and grandeur. On August 16th in… read more

Lectionary Commentary 1: Holy Thursday

By C. Chappell Temple
Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14; Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 The passages for Maundy Thursday trace the sacred strand that runs between the institution of Passover… read more

The Mandate

By C. Chappell Temple
John 13:1-17, 31b-35 The prophets may have called them "beautiful," at least when they belonged to those who brought good news to others. On the whole, however, most of us would… read more

Jesus Prepares the Disciples

By Thomas Lane Butts
John 13:1-17, 31b-35 We come now to John's account of the beginning of the end of Jesus' earthly life. This is the beginning of his passion. John establishes the mood of Jesus… read more


By Randy Horick
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and continues for the next forty days (not counting Sundays). Christians around the world will remember Jesus' sacrifice by giving up something, such… read more

We Were Made for You

By Aaron Gillespie
"We Were Made for You" — Aaron Gillespie Video Source: VEVO/YouTube Ministry Matters is not responsible for content or advertising on external sites. read more
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