WHAT JESUS SANG BEFORE HE DIED

Spurgeon said, “If you knew that at – say, ten o’clock tonight, you would be led away to be mocked, and despised, and scourged, and that tomorrow’s sun would see you falsely accused, hanging, a convicted criminal, to die upon a cross, Do you think that you could sing tonight, after your last meal?”

It was Passover and the night before Jesus would die. He had eaten His last meal with His disciples and washed their feet. He had told them what would happen to Him and was about to go down to Gethsemane to pray. Every Passover meal ended by singing the Hallel Psalms (113-118) so He led them in worship singing the Passover Hallel.


“Then they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives.” Mat 26:30 (NLT)


We don’t think of Jesus singing, but He did. He often lifted His voice in praise and worship to God the Father (Luke 24:51,53; Matthew 14:19; Matthew 26:26; Mark 6:41; Mark 8:7).

Do you wonder what His voice sounded like? Probably like any other worshiper because the Bible says He had no unusual features (Isa 53:2). We know for certain He sang with His whole heart to God with His spirit engaged with the Father because that is what He taught about the worship God is looking for.

It is most likely that Jesus led or at least initiated the song being the leader of His tribe. Very likely it was sung antiphonally, meaning Jesus led the men by singing a line, and the disciples responded by singing. Back and forth they responsively sang through most, if not all, of the five psalms.

What did Jesus sing? He would have sung these words from Psalms 116 and 118 of the Passover Hallel.

  1. “...Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants.” (Ps 116:15 NLT)

  2. "The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory.” (Ps 118:14 NLT)

  3. "The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.” (Ps 118:22 NLT)

  4. "I will not die; instead, I will live to tell what the Lord has done.” (Ps 118:17 NLT)

  5. "The Lord has disciplined me severely, but he has not given me over to death” (Ps 118:18 ESV)

  6. "This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Ps 118:24 ESV)

  7. "You are my God, and I will praise you! You are my God, and I will exalt you!” (Ps 118:28 NLT)

It is amazing that Jesus could sing on the night before His gory crucifixion. How could He sing knowing what was going to happen to Him? He is an example how we should sing in our darkest moment. He is our pastor, prophet, priest, intercessor, apostle, teacher and worship leader.

There probably is no more passionate singing than when Jesus lifted His voice, face, and hands to heaven on that dark night of the soul and sang with deep affection to His Father.

When Jesus leads the singing, all of the Lord’s family who have been silent in worship service must not hesitate to sing praise God. I have a question. Would you let Jesus be your worship leader? When He leads or initiates a song in your heart will you join Him in praise to His, and your, Father? We know that the Father loves to hear His Son, and sons and daughters, express their deepest affection and adoration to Him. (Ps 22:3)

I encourage you to let Jesus initiate melodies in your heart and mouth. I know for me He puts them in my heart usually in the mornings. When He leads you in worship, it could happen anytime and anywhere, engage with Him in worship to your loving Heavenly Father.

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