They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs. As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus' body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock.
He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb. The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate, and said,. Sir, we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, "After three days I will rise again. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead.
This last deception will be worse than the first. So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard. The world has judged me deceitfully with lies and with false promises, with many a snare and secret plot. Lord, guard me in this danger, shield me from false deceits. Patience, patience, even when false tongues sting me. Contrary to my guilt I suffer abuse and mockery. Ah, then, may dear God avenge my heart's innocence.
Patience, patience. Who has buffeted You so, my Salvation, and with torments so harshly used You? You are indeed not a sinner like us and our children; of misdeeds You know nothing. Have mercy, my God, for my tears' sake; Look here, my heart and eyes weep bitterly before you. Have mercy! Although I have strayed from You, yet I have returned again; for your Son has reconciled us through his agony and mortal pain. I do not deny my guilt but my grace and favour is far greater than the sin which I ever confess in myself.
Give me back my Jesus! See, the money, the wages of murder, the lost son throws at you, down at your feet. Commend your way and whatever troubles your heart to the sure care of him, who controls the heavens; he who gives clouds, air and winds their paths, course and track, he will also find ways where your feet can walk. How miraculous indeed is this punishment!
The good shepherd suffers for the sheep; the Master, righteous as he is, pays the penalty for his vassals! He has done good to us all. He gave sight to the blind, the lame he made to walk; he told us his father's word, he drove the devils forth; the wretched he has raised up; he received and sheltered sinners; nothing else has my Jesus done.
Out of love my Saviour is willing to die, though he knows nothing of any sin, so that eternal ruin and the punishment of judgment may not rest upon my soul. Out of love. Have mercy, God! Here stands the Saviour bound. You tormentors, cease! Are you not softened by the pain of your souls, nor by the sight of such grief?
Ah yes, you have a heart, that must be like the whipping post or even harder still. Have mercy, cease! If the tears on my cheeks can achieve nothing, O, then take my heart! Come, sweet cross, I will say then: My Jesus, give it always to me. Should my pain become too heavy, then help me to carry it myself. Alas, Golgotha, hapless Golgotha!
The Lord of Glory must wretchedly perish here; the blessing and salvation of the world is placed on the cross like a curse. From the Creator of heaven and earth, earth and air shall be taken away. The guiltless must die here guilty. That strikes deeply into my soul; Alas, Golgotha, hapless Golgotha! See, Jesus had his hand streched out to grasp us. In Jesus' arms Seek redemption, find mercy. In Jesus' arms; live, die, rest there, you forsaken chickens. In Jesus' arms.
In the evening, when it was cool, Adam's fall was manifest. In the evening the Redeemer casts him down; In the evening the dove returned and carried an olive leaf in its mouth. Peace is now made with God, for Jesus has endured his cross. His body comes to rest. Ah, dear soul, I pray you go, bid them give you the dead Jesus. Make yourself clean, my heart, I will myself entomb Jesus, for He shall henceforth in me, for ever and ever, take his sweet rest. World, begone, let Jesus in! Make yourself.
Now the Lord ist brought to rest. My Jesus, good night! The toil is done which our sins made for him. Take, while life lasts, a thousand thanks for your Passion, for prizing my soul's good so dearly. We sit down in tears and call to You in the tomb: Rest softly, softly rest! Rest, exhausted limbs, Rest softly, rest well. Your grave and tombstone shall for the unquiet conscience be a comfortable pillow and the soul's resting place. In utmost bliss the eyes slumber there.
We sit down. Daughter of Zion: Believers: :. My Jesus has gone now. Where then is your friend gone, 0 fairest among women? Is it possible? Can I see it? Where has your friend strayed? My lamb in the tiger's clutches! Where has my Jesus gone? Then we will see him with you.
THE GOSPEL OF ST. MATTHEW
What shall I tell my soul when it asks me full of fear? Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas, the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled. But Peter followed him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest. He entered and sat down with the guards to see the outcome. The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death. This fellow said, "I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days. Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus,.
My Jesus holds his peace before false lies, so as to show us that his merciful will is bent on suffering for our sake; and that, in like agony, we should be like him, and hold our peace in time of persecution. Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you? Then the high priest tore his clothes and said,. He has spoken blasphemy! You cannot serve God and mammon. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Are you not of more value than they? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles?
Have you come here to torment us before the time? The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. And Jesus sternly charged them, "See that no one knows it.
You received without paying, give without pay. But he who endures to the end will be saved. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household. And not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father's will. A reed shaken by the wind?
To see a man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, those who wear soft raiment are in kings' houses. To see a prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. It is like children sitting in the market places and calling to their playmates, 17 'We piped to you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.
You shall be brought down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. And they asked him, "Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath? So it is lawful to do good on the sabbath. And many followed him, and he healed them all, 16 and ordered them not to make him known. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he shall proclaim justice to the Gentiles. Therefore they shall be your judges.
Then indeed he may plunder his house. For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. So shall it be also with this evil generation. How then has it weeds? And his disciples came to him, saying, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field. He who has ears, let him hear. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous, 50 and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth. Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? Where then did this man get all this?
THE GOSPEL OF ST. MATTHEW
But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but the boat by this time was many furlongs distant from the land, beaten by the waves; for the wind was against them. For they do not wash their hands when they eat. Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said: 8 'This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; 9 in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.
Matthaus-Passion BWV - Spritual Sources of Bach's St. Matthew Passion [by William Hoffman]
And if a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, "Send her away, for she is crying after us. Be it done for you as you desire.
And he went up on the mountain, and sat down there. Do you not remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. This shall never happen to you. You are a hindrance to me; for you are not on the side of God, but of men.
Or what shall a man give in return for his life? So also the Son of man will suffer at their hands. How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.
For truly, I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. From whom do kings of the earth take toll or tribute? From their sons or from others? For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the man by whom the temptation comes!
St. Matthew Passion
If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. As many as seven times? I forgave you all that debt because you besought me; 33 and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you? What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder. He who is able to receive this, let him receive it. The disciples rebuked the people; 14 but Jesus said, "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.
One there is who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments. What then shall we have? Or do you begrudge my generosity? Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink? Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest! And he said to it, "May no fruit ever come from you again!
From heaven or from men? There was a householder who planted a vineyard, and set a hedge around it, and dug a wine press in it, and built a tower, and let it out to tenants, and went into another country. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? For they all had her. He is not God of the dead, but of the living.