Category Archives: Holy Week

Sunday (Holy Week)

I often ask myself, how do we know we “got it right”.  I mean, I used to think what if the Buddhist are right, or the Muslims or the Mormons.  What if we were the ones getting it wrong?  It would scare me that I bought into a false Gospel.  After all, Satan stakes his whole being on twisting the Gospel ONE degree and it sends many many people to Hell.

So How do I know the Christians got it right?

  • Besides the complete inerrancy in the Bible
  • Besides the Historical Documents that prove the Bible is true
  • Besides the complete New Creation God has made in me

The way we know is the Resurrection.  It Proves Jesus is the Incarnate God.  The Messiah!

Today we read of the Resurrection!  Read Matthew 28. Click here.

Now end with this….

What is your purpose?  Not sure?  What is the first thing the Risen Lord says after the Resurrection? 

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

We call that the Great Commission.

  

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Saturday (Holy Week)

Today is Saturday.  Even though this happened last night I want to finish out the burial of Jesus.  I hope you went and read Isaiah:

He was assigned a grave with the wicked, (the two criminals with him)
   and with the rich in his death,  (Joseph’s Tomb)

Today’s read is John 19:38-42: follows

“Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jews. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away.  He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs.  At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid.  Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

Friday Part 2 (Holy Week)

The second half of the reading. The Crucifixion. (I emailed you the procedure for the Crucifixion.  Let me know if you did not get)

Matthew 27:15-61 click

The Notorious Barabbas.  Notoriuos…so this was just not another sinner.  The was the most vile, disgusting polluted man in the Land!  And Yet, Jesus took His place on the Cross.  We are Barabbas.  No matter what we did.  How bad we are, He took that place for us on the Cross.

I chose the reading in Matthew because I love the part of the Veil Being Torn.  The veil was a separator in the Temple.  God was on one side and the People were on the other.  Only a High Priest could go to the Lord.  Jesus on that moment Fulfilled the role of the High Priest, and tearing that veil so that you and I can come DIRECTLY to the Lord.  We are now the Priesthood and Jesus is the High Priest.  Nothing in between the two separating us.

As you finish out the reading, and you see scriptures maybe you never saw before, like a rich man from Arimathea, spend a moment looking back at the Prophecy in Isaiah and take it all in.  Click here.

 

 

It is 3:00 when I posted this.  Jesus just said “It is Finished”.

Friday, part 1. (Holy Week)

While you slept last night Jesus was arrested.  The events to follow will be:

First a Jewish Trial.  The trial breaks ALL laws.  It was an illegal and false trial.

  • Jesus will go before Annas (former High Priest, father in law to current High Priest)  The Sanhedrin (Jewish Council) goes to him because they assume he is in the “Good Ole Boys’ club.  Guess what He does not find Him Guilty.
  • Next He goes to Caiaphas, the current appointed High Priest.  He could not find evidence or 2 witnesses (required for a guilty verdict)
  • Before the Sanhedrin.  They ask Him if He is the Son of God (God Himself).  And He says YES.   “GGGGGAAAAASSSSPPPPP!” That is a Death Penalty Offense! Blasphemy.   (But only for the Jewish People)

Now for the Gentiles to find Him Guilty.

  • To the Romans, they could care less if He is calling Himself the Son of Man.  So the Sanhedrin accused Him of saying “Jesus said He was King of the Jews“.  KING?  Shut up!  If the King in Rome, Tiberius Caesar , hears of this He will be mad, and we have a good thing going here being left alone by Rome.  But Kill Him…Um, I don’t want that job. 
  • The Roman Appointed Governor in Judea is Pilate (for my catholics out there…Pontious Pilate 🙂 )  He passed the buck to Herod.
  • Herod was appointed over Galilee.  Well He saw nothing criminal with Jesus so he passed him on too.
  • Back to Pilate.  Pilate washed his hands of the matter (a law in Deut.21  that means the blood of this man is not on me).

So who is Guilty of Putting Jesus on the Cross?

The Reading for this morning is Matthew 26:47-67, Matthew 27:11-14, Luke 23:6-17 Click here for All 3 Readings.

Take all that in.  In a few Hours we will read the rest.

Thursday (Holy Week)

The reading for today is (Click here for all 3 at once)

  • Matthew 26:20-30
  • John 13:1-17
  • Matthew 26:36-39

Passover/Good Friday.  What is the difference?  The answer is not One is for the Jewish, One is for the Christian.

Passover was when the people sacrificed a perfect spotless Lamb.  The Lamb substituted their death so that when the Angel of Death came to the land death would PASSOVER them SO THAT they could leave a life of bondage and be Free! Now substitute the word Passover for Good Friday and read it again.  They are the same thing. 

The Lord set up the original Passover as a Foreshadow  of the FINAL Passover, it has been Fulfilled.  God is so perfect that Good Friday Happens on the calendar day of Passover when Jesus dies.  He is the Passover Lamb…on the Cross.

So as you read these very familiar scriptures of what we call the Last Supper, the Upper Room Discourse, and Jesus praying in Gethsemane, read them now on a whole new level.  Read them with the fullness of all your heart.

I know you all like the little pictures 🙂 so here you go.

 

If you decide to watch the Passion of the Christ on Friday, this is where the movie picks up.  In the Garden of Gethsemane.

Wednesday (Holy Week)

On this day Jesus continues teaching.  Read Luke 21:37-38

 Each day Jesus was teaching at the temple, and each evening he went out to spend the night on the hill called the Mount of Olives,  and all the people came early in the morning to hear him at the temple.

Now flip over to Matthew 26:14

 Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests  and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty silver coins.  From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.

Why 30?

In the Old Testament, 30 coins was the price paid for Restoration.  A slave could be bought back for 30 coins.  WE have been purchased back with these 30 coins, out of our slavery!

Tuesday (Holy Week)

There were several things that happened in the on this day.  First, the Disciples see the withered fig tree (Mt. 21:20), then Jesus is tag teamed from the Pharisees and Sadducees in a questioning (Mt. 21:23) .  They were trying to get Jesus to say something “wrong” so they would have a reason to arrest him.  Guess what…He didn’t.  It was not time yet!

However one of the most profound sermons Jesus gave,  was the last one recorded in our Bible.  END TIMES!   Jesus went to Mt. Olive and gave what we call the Olivet Discourse.    This is an amazing 2 chapters, one that will interest many of you.  Here is the fisrst chapter:  Click here for Matthew 24.

Before you read it, take into account WHO the book of Matthew is talking to.  The book is written to the Jewish nation.  He is not addressing the Christian.  This book is POST rapture for Jews left on earth.

Gotta go I am running so late for work now….but I could sit here ALL DAY!

Monday (Holy Week)

The Fig Tree Matthew 21:18-20.  The Fig Tree. 

 

The Fig Tree represented Israel, HIs Nation.  For the fig tree looked healthy but it was all “religion and legalism”.  There was no fruit on the tree.    I went to Bible gateway and typed FRUIT into just the New Testament.  Click here for the Scriptures.

If you want an additional reading today keep reading Matthew 21.  There is a wonderful parable in verse 33-46.  Here it is:

The Parable of the Tenants

    33 “Listen to another parable: There was a landowner  God who planted a vineyard (Israel) . He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and went away on a journey. 34When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants Priests to the tenants religious leaders to collect his fruit.

   35 “The tenants religions leaders seized his servants; priests they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third. 36 Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way. 37Last of all, he sent his son to them Jesus. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said.

   38 “But when the tenants religious leaders saw the son Jesus , they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.’ 39So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him Crucified Him.

   40“Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, The Lord comes, what will he do to those tenants?”

 41“He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,” they replied, “and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants GENTILES, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.”

 42Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:

   “‘The stone the builders rejected
   has become the capstone;
the Lord has done this,
   and it is marvelous in our eyes’?

   43 “Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.  He who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be crushed.”

 45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard Jesus’ parables, they knew he was talking about them. 46 They looked for a way to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowd because the people held that he was a prophet.

Palm Sunday (Holy Week)

Good Morning.  It is Palm Sunday. 

I grew up under Catholicism so that meant today is the day my mom would get a Palm leaf  at church, shape it into the shape of a Cross and tuck it on a something for decoration till it was brown and brittle 🙂  Many of you know what I am taking about 🙂  (I do love that memory)  So why a Palm?

When a king entered a village they were revered with the waving of palm leaves as they strolled through the streets.  So read John 12:12-19 Click here.  This is what we call the Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem.   Here are a few bullets for the reading…

  • Why was there a great crowd?  because the biggest holiday of the year was approaching!  The Passover.  People were coming to Jerusalem for a lot of reasons.  The Jewish people came for the Temple offerings but also, Gentiles would come for money and business opportunities!  (Hmmm sounds like our Christmas).  BUT Look how God will use that (even now).  How many MORE people will witness the death of Christ and the spreading of the Gospel will be exponential because of the crowds!
  • Hosanna! “We are praying for you to save us”!!
  • Look up Zechariah 9:9 in the Old Testament 🙂
  • Jesus weeps because He knows they think He is coming to be  king who will make them a nation again!  A Warrior! (and He is,, just not like they imagine)
  • If you read further you will see Jesus quotes Isaiah.  (comment if this interests you)
  • Jesus returns to Bethany where the Jews have no jurisdiction to arrest him.  It is NOT time yet.

Have a beautiful read.  On the email from yesterday you will see that there is more to read if you choose.  It gets Deep. 

 If anyone has any questions please let me know.  I may not know the answer but I will research and inquire for you.

 

A woman anoints Jesus with Perfume (Holy Week)

The Reading today is John 12:1-11 click here.  Note that it will set the timeline with the Scripture saying “Six days before the Passover…”  We know that Jesus is coming to fulfil THE Passover.  He is coming to be THE Lamb.  So read these 11 verses now.

unfortunately I have always paid attention to Judas in these scriptures,  but now I notice something more important.  Why is Mary putting this very expensive fragrant oil on him?

“Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial.  You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”

Mary is properly preparing the Lord for his upcoming death.  She is anointing his body for the burial.  Think back to the 3 gifts the Magi gave him.  One gift was for a King, one was for a Priest, one was for a Death.  He Came to Die.

 Click here for an extra commentary