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An Encouraging Word from Your Preacher Man 4-7-20
Passion Week Devotional:
With this being the week leading up to Easter Sunday, I wanted to provide a daily thought and scripture to read as we think about what living the Resurrected life means.  Jesus knew the purpose for his life on earth. He endured the cross with that purpose in mind. 

Whenever Easter approaches, we find ourselves thinking about the death and Resurrection of Jesus. The purpose of Christ's life was to offer himself as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind.
 
“Passion Week,” also known as “Holy Week,” refers to the time period from what we call “Palm Sunday” (the day of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem) through “Easter Sunday” (also called “Resurrection Sunday,” the day when Christ rose from the tomb). On Palm Sunday, Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a young donkey (a colt), and the crowd welcomed Him with shouts of “Hosanna” (meaning “Save now!”), as prophesied in Psalm 118:25–26 and Zechariah 9:9.
 
Passion Week involved several memorable events as you will read below.  I have included some scripture reference to go along with each day. 
Here are some great questions for everyone to think about while preparing for Easter Sunday: Who is Jesus to you? Is He Savior? Is He Lord? Or is He something else to you? What happened when you were confronted with the real Jesus from the Bible?
 
Let’s look at some events in Jesus’ life that happened during Passion Week:
 
>>On Monday, Jesus cleansed the Temple in Jerusalem for the second time in His earthly ministry (Luke 19:45–46) and cursed the fig tree (Matthew 21:12–22).
 
>>Tuesday was the day when many priests, scribes, and elders, and in particular the Pharisees, consulted together about how to take Jesus and kill him; these were the religious leaders that Jesus warned the people about. Also on that day, Jesus predicted future events including His own return to earth someday. (Read Matthew 21:23–24:51, Mark 11:20–13:37, Luke 20:1–21:36, and John 12:20–38.
 
>>No specific event on Wednesday is mentioned in the Bible concerning Jesus; that day was likely one of rest before He faced false trials and eventual crucifixion.
 
>>Thursday included the Passover celebration and the event known as “The Last Supper” that Jesus and His disciples observed together in the upper room. Jesus prepared both himself and His disciples for His death, giving new meaning to the Passover meal.  (Read Luke 22:15-44.)
 
>>Early Friday morning, after Jesus’ betrayal by Judas and arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane, He was abandoned by His disciples and endured false trials, condemnation, beatings, and cruel mocking. Then He was forced to carry His own cross and was crucified on Golgotha (The Place of the Skull) along with two prisoners who were convicted thieves. Before sundown that day, Jesus’ body was placed in a borrowed tomb.  (Friday's events are recorded in Matthew 27:1-62, Mark 15:1-47, Luke 22:63-23:56, and John 18:28-19:37.)
 
>>Throughout the day on Saturday, the Sabbath, Jesus’ body lay in the tomb. (Saturday's events are recorded in Matthew 27:62-66, Mark 16:1, Luke 23:56, and John 19:40.)
 
>>On Sunday came the resurrection! The angel seated at the entrance to the tomb where Jesus’ body had been placed proclaimed, “He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.…” (Matthew 28:6).(Sunday's events are recorded in Matthew 28:1-13, Mark 16:1-14, Luke 24:1-49, and John 20:1-23.)
These seven days are referred to as Passion Week because during this time Jesus truly revealed His passion for us in His suffering and dying for our sins.  May we show our passion for Jesus in our grateful worship of Him this week and in truly living out the resurrected life!

Have a blessed week…
Patrick
 

 

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