He is risen! He is risen indeed!
As a young believer in a small “country church”, I was puzzled by the way the people greeted each other my first Easter as a Christian.
The atmosphere was pregnant with a sense of excitement that went beyond the sugar high of children who had spent the morning feasting on chocolate, jelly beans and marshmallow peeps.
Families began to gather in their Easter finery. Ladies wrapped in bright colors wearing millinery that rivaled the splendor of spring flowers dressed by their Maker. Gentlemen in freshly pressed shirts adorned with new ties. Children wearing their new Easter outfits accessorized with chocolate mustaches.
Suddenly the air gave birth to shouts of “He is risen!” and the reply shot back “He is risen indeed!” READ MORE…
On Sunday Jesus rode into Jerusalem, not on the back of a powerful prancing white stallion, but on the embarrassingly humble and small back of a donkey. He came in to Jerusalem that day just as Zechariah promised almost 550 years earlier (Zechariah 9:9Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)). That evening He returned to Bethany, probably to the home of Lazarus (John 12:1Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)).
The next morning Jesus walked back into Jerusalem, back into the Temple area.
It is Monday of Holy Week.
Three years prior Jesus had opened His public ministry with a scene very similar to this one (John 2:13–25Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)). The business men of the Temple had encountered the angry Jesus. That day Jesus’ cry was Stop making my Father’s house a place of business! Now towards the end of His life He cleansed the Temple for the second time! This time it was recorded by Matthew, Mark and Luke. READ MORE…
Today is the start of Holy Week, the week right before we celebrate Easter or Resurrection Sunday. During this time many churches pause to remember the suffering and death of Jesus through various traditions and worship services.
It is easy to be so focused on the celebrations, the pageants and musicals etc. about the long awaited King on Palm Sunday and the resurrection of Jesus on Easter, that we totally miss the suffering, humiliation and death that are all part of Holy Week.
In fact, when was the last time you spent the week reading about the events that took place prior to Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection?
It is important that we place the hope of the Resurrection and the promise of new life, against the background of death. As you walk through the shadows and darkness of Holy Week and Good Friday, only then do you really grasp the horror and magnitude of sin and its consequences. Only then can you fully understand the light and hope of Sunday morning!
Riding a donkey Jesus began His journey to Jerusalem, even in the midst of the praises of the crowds He had His eye on the cross on which He would be crucified at the end of the week.
In the hope of fully grasping Jesus’ sacrifice at Calvary and to embrace the hope that belongs to all believers as a result, each day we will look at the events which led up to the His death. READ MORE…
In our online time today we spent our time discussing Job 1-24. There is so much more to this book than the “scene setup” in chapters 1-2 and “God shows up” in 40-42.
Jeremiah 17:9-10 reminds us that our hearts are more deceitful than anything else, and we can’t even understand the depth of the deceit. But God does understand and know our hearts . . . so some of the 3 friends’ perceptions draw from their listening to their heart and experience and dreams and visions. Job, as miserable as he was, still clung to God’s truth. Yes, he complains. Yes, he asks why (many times). But he knows that wisdom comes from God (12:13ff). He just wants God to “clue him in” on His purposes . . .
Though we didn’t discuss 1 Corinthians 1-8 this week, if you have comments on that portion, you are welcome to do so. The plan is to discuss it next week or the week after.
Remember, if you have missed some days, just jump right back in on today’s day. Please don’t give up!