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At the Cross 2019 (Good Friday event)

At the Cross 2019 (Good Friday) full event recorded on April 19th of 2019.

Songs featured in At the Cross 2019:

"Passover Us" by Andrew Peterson
From "Behold the Lamb of God" (2003) – purchase in iTunes HERE.

"Psalm 45 (Fairest of All)" by Shane & Shane
From "Psalms II" (2013) – purchase in iTunes HERE.

"Suffering Servant" by The Modern Post (Dustin Kensrue)
From "The Water & the Blood" (2013) – purchase in iTunes HERE.

"Deliver Us" by Andrew Peterson
From "Behold the Lamb of God" (2003) – purchase in iTunes HERE.

"Crucify Him" by Shane & Shane
From "Bring Your Nothing" (2013) – purchase in iTunes HERE.

"Behold the Lamb of God" by Andrew Peterson
From "Behold the Lamb of God" (2003) – purchase in iTunes HERE.

"Is He Worthy?" by Andrew Peterson
From "Resurrection Letters, Vol. 1" (2018) – purchase in iTunes HERE.

1. Passover In Egypt

Exodus 12:1 NKJV Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying…

Exodus 12:3 NKJV Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: 'On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household…

Exodus 12:5-8 NKJV Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats. Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight. And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it. Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.

Exodus 12:10-13 NKJV You shall let none of it remain until morning, and what remains of it until morning you shall burn with fire. 11 And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord's Passover. 12 'For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord. 13 Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

Many generations before this, the nation of Israel begins with a covenant promise made by God to Abraham, where God said—"I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." God kept His promise to make from Abraham a great nation. His offspring grew great in number while working as slave labor for the Pharaoh of Egypt.

When God's time came to lead His people out from under this yolk of bondage, Pharaoh was unwilling to give up his labor force. So, God struck Egypt with ten mighty plagues, the last worse than all the rest—He would strike dead all of the firstborn in Egypt and the means He put forward to the Israelites to be saved from His wrath was the blood of a spotless lamb spread over their doorposts. After this plague, Pharaoh most certainly did send the Hebrew people out of Egypt.

SONG 1: "Passover Us" by Andrew Peterson

2. Rebellion In the Wilderness

Numbers 16:1-3 NKJV Now Korah the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, with Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men; and they rose up before Moses with some of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty leaders of the congregation, representatives of the congregation, men of renown. They gathered together against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, "You take too much upon yourselves, for all the congregation is holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the Lord?"

Numbers 16:28-33 NKJV And Moses said: "By this you shall know that the Lord has sent me to do all these works, for I have not done them of my own will. 29 If these men die naturally like all men, or if they are visited by the common fate of all men, then the Lord has not sent me. 30 But if the Lord creates a new thing, and the earth opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that belongs to them, and they go down alive into the pit, then you will understand that these men have rejected the Lord." 31 Now it came to pass, as he finished speaking all these words, that the ground split apart under them, 32 and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their households and all the men with Korah, with all their goods. 33 So they and all those with them went down alive into the pit; the earth closed over them, and they perished from among the assembly.

Korah, the cousin of Moses, led a rebellion against Moses and his brother Aaron as they sought to lead the Hebrew people through the wilderness toward the land that God had promised to them. Because of their rebellion against God's chosen leaders, Korah, his followers, and all their possessions were swallowed up into the earth.

Yet, as an example for us of the hope of redemption, some of the descendants of Korah remained faithful servants to God through the years, eventually writing many of the Psalms that would lead the nation of Israel in corporate worship. One of those Psalms was a song of worship to a coming King who would be like no other king before or after Him…

Psalm 45:1-4 NKJV [A Contemplation of the sons of Korah] My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer. You are fairer than the sons of men; Grace is poured upon Your lips; Therefore God has blessed You forever. Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O Mighty One, With Your glory and Your majesty. And in Your majesty ride prosperously because of truth, humility, and righteousness; And Your right hand shall teach You awesome things

SONG 2: "Psalm 45 (Fairest of All)" by Shane & Shane

3. Prophecy of a Lamb

Isaiah 52:13-15 NKJV Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently; He shall be exalted and extolled and be very high. 14 Just as many were astonished at you, So His visage was marred more than any man, And His form more than the sons of men; 15 So shall He sprinkle many nations. Kings shall shut their mouths at Him; For what had not been told them they shall see, And what they had not heard they shall consider.

Isaiah 53:2-7 NKJV For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him. He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth.

There are numerous prophecies of a coming Messiah, God's Anointed One, in the Bible. None of them paints quite as stark of a picture of what this coming One would endure for our sakes as Isaiah. Like a lamb led to the slaughter, His body would be broken to bear the wrath of God toward sin and by His blood, this Suffering Servant would be the sacrifice by which God would forever pass over the sins of those found under it.

SONG 3: "Suffering Servant" by The Modern Post (Dustin Kensrue)

4. Silence Finally Broken

Malachi 4:4-6 NKJV "Remember the Law of Moses, My servant, Which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel, With the statutes and judgments. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And he will turn The hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse."

When the prophet Malachi finished his work, the last word from God pointed the Hebrew people back to the law given to Moses in the wilderness after leaving Egypt. God then closed the book on that chapter of redemptive history and so began a 400 year period of silence from heaven. This silence was broken by the pronouncement of the angels that the Son of God would be born in human flesh, of a virgin woman, and He had come as a once-for-all sacrifice that would, for His people, both atone for and break bondage to sin by His blood.

Hebrews 1:1-3 NKJV God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

SONG 4: "Deliver Us" by Andrew Peterson

5. Rebellion In Each of Us

Hebrews 3:7-15 NKJV Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: "Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, In the day of trial in the wilderness, Where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, And saw My works forty years. 10 Therefore I was angry with that generation, And said, 'They always go astray in their heart, And they have not known My ways. 11 'So I swore in My wrath, 'They shall not enter My rest.'" 12 Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; 13 but exhort one another daily, while it is called "Today," lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, 15 while it is said: "Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion."

Just as Korah and his followers rebelled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, each one of us is born into a state of spiritual rebellion against God. The Bible is clear that faith in Jesus Christ and His work of bearing God's wrath rightfully due us, shedding His blood, and dying on the cross is fully sufficient to take us from a state of enmity with God and make us his children and friends. However, it also warns us that we will battle against a part of us that desires rebellion over friendship until the day we die and we are called to earnestly and lovingly help each other in that battle every day.

SONG 5: "Crucify Him" by Shane & Shane

6. The Ultimate Sacrifice

Who really killed Jesus?

John 10:11 NKJV "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.

John 10:15 NKJV "As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.

John 10:17-18 NKJV "Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. 18 No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father."

Was Jesus killed or did He lay down His life?

⇒ YES!!!

His enemies believed His sin demanded His execution.
Jesus knew our sin required His sacrifice.

Their hypothesis failed because Jesus didn't stay dead.
God's mission succeeded because Jesus didn't stay dead!

God's proverbial "stamp of approval" on the debt paying, forgiveness granting, separation ending, life giving crucifixion of Jesus Christ is HIS RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD!

SONG 6: "Behold the Lamb of God" by Andrew Peterson

7. The Ultimate Glory

Revelation 5:1-10 NKJV And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?" And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it. So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. But one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals." And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne. Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying: "You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, 10 And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth."

SONG 7: "Is He Worthy?" by Andrew Peterson

Production Credits

Drums: Jeff Eisenhart
Percussion: Mike Flanigan
Bass: Steven Meadows
Piano & harmonium: Pam Tucker
Keys: Justin Ball
Vocals: Dyanne Woody
Guitars & vocals: Andy Tucker

Pastor Martin Woody

Audio: Jon Atwater
Presentation: Jeff Eisenhart
Lighting: Paul Bristow
Camera: Steve Meadows

Video editing/colorist: Andy Tucker
Audio mixing/mastering: Andy Tucker

To the praise of His glorious grace,

Andy Tucker