The Greatest Act of Injustice

The Greatest Act of Injustice

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A Note From Pastor Mark:

We recognize that family worship has its unique challenges depending on your family’s size and stage of life. Therefore, we have prepared a complete worship service (below) for our entire church family because we are convinced that Sunday is so much more than a sermon. And this is one way for us to be worshiping the same way even though we are apart.

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After the sermon is over, we encourage you to discuss the sermon and ways to live out its application.

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The Greatest Act of Injustice
Text: Mark 15:1–20

Online Worship Service (3.29.2020)

Call to Worship:

As we turn our hearts to the Lord today, in the midst of a world that is fearful and afraid, it is good that we remind ourselves that we have a rock to run to! Let’s go to him boldly today!

Psalm 62:1–2  For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. 2 He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. (ESV)

Opening Worship:

“Blessed Be Your Name”

“How Deep the Father’s Love for US”


Let’s read the following Scripture passage together:

Psalms 91:1-12
1  Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. (NIV)


This next song is new for our church. It is based on Psalm 91 and will serve us well as we seek to mediate on truth and keep each other encouraged during this time of uncertainty….listen and join in when you’re ready…



Oh Lord, how easy it is to be afraid during this time: afraid of sickness, afraid of hospitalization, afraid of death. We feel awkward around others, trying not to get too close. Someone coughs around us and we immediately tense up.

Yet you have promised to save us “from the deadly pestilence” (Psalm 91:3). And your salvation is so deep and so wide, that even if the Coronavirus takes our bodies, it cannot take your hand off of us….your hand that will raise up our mortal bodies and replace them with immortal bodies, free from all disease! Therefore, we remind ourselves that we do not have to fear “the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday” (Psalm 91:6)!

Oh Lord, how easy it is for us to worry about our jobs, our bank accounts, and our retirement plans. We keep hearing about how the economy is falling apart around us. Again we are reminded that we often place too much hope money, thinking it will somehow grant us the security only you provide. Please forgive us.

Your faithfulness is our “shield and rampart” (Psalm 91:4). You are our “refuge and fortress” (Psalm 91:2). Money cannot keep our marriages together, or purchase success for our children, or give us back the extra curricular activities we have lost during this pandemic. Most of all, money cannot protect us from the consequences of our sin, only you can! We have one savior, one shelter: the “Most High,” “the Almighty” (Psalm 91:4)!

Oh Lord, how easy it is for us to only be concerned for ourselves. We forget that you are working 24/7 for our good. So we take it upon ourselves to look out for #1. And we quickly forget the needs of those around us, many of whom don’t know you and do not enjoy the many comforts that you have blessed us with.

Meanwhile, you are “commanding your angels to guard us” (Psalm 91:11) in ways we cannot even see! If that is your commitment to us – to deploy invisible armies on our behalf – we should have all the confidence we need to freely give away what we have to meet the needs of those around us! Surely your supply chain is not lacking, not matter what ours looks like! As baby birds rest under the shelter of their parents, help us to rest under your “wings” (Psalm 91:4), trusting that you will meet all of our needs as we look out for our fellow believers, neighbors, and friends!

You are our one hope, both now and forevermore!


“Living Hope”


Father, we thank you that you when we put our hope in you you will not disappoint (Romans 5:5)! We come again to you, knowing that you are like a fountain that never stops overflowing onto dry, thirsty vessels. We come to you now thirsty. We want to see Jesus! Through the preaching of your Word, would you grant us to see Jesus more clearly, to love him more deeply, and to delight in following him more fully! Open our dry souls and pour over us words that will heal, encourage, guide, strengthen, and unify your people! Amen!

Read Sermon Text:

Mark 15:1–20


Pastor Mark Kernan
The Greatest Act of Injustice

Main Point: Jesus silently endured the greatest act of injustice in the history of the world so that he might suffer and die in our place.

I. The Silence of the King (Mark 15:1–5)
II. The Sentencing of the King (Mark 15:6–14)
III. The Shameful Torture of the King (Mark 15:15–20)

Closing Worship:

“Nothing But the Blood”