Passion Week – Friday
Jesus knew that His mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture He said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to His lips. When Jesus had tasted it, He said, “It is finished!” Then He bowed His head and released His spirit.
John 19:28-30 NLT
During the final hours of Jesus’ life, he uttered seven sayings that are his “last words” on the cross. The sixth saying is comprised of three powerful, poignant and purposeful words . . . “It is finished”.
The suffering and pain that Jesus endured can never be completely and adequately described. Read More
Passion Week – Thursday
Jesus said, “I have been very eager to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins. For I tell you now that I won’t eat this meal again until its meaning is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.”
Luke 22:15-16 NLT
As Jesus draws near to the close of His earthly Kingdom mission, He finds time to share a significant and sacred time with His most devout followers.
The Passover meal is His last. Read More
Passion Week – Wednesday
Caiaphas, who was high priest at that time, said, “You don’t know what you’re talking about! You don’t realize that it’s better for you that one man should die for the people than for the whole nation to be destroyed.” . . . So from that time on, the Jewish leaders began to plot Jesus’ death.
John 11:49-50, 53 NLT
Sacrificing one to save many is the basis of an age-old utilitarian postulate. The premise can be a paralyzingly challenge.
The high priest, Caiaphas had no difficulty making such an impacting decision. His choice was based on selfish survival . . . while God’s was the sacrifice of His sole Son.
Caiaphas manipulated but God moved.
Caiaphas reacted but God redeemed.
Caiaphas protected his own interest but God provided for all. Read More
Passion Week – Tuesday
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
Matthew 22:37-40 NLT
On Monday of Jesus’ Passion Week, He entered the Temple in Jerusalem and cleared it of moneychangers. The merchant’s motive was to place a monetary value on worship.
Jesus’ message is that worship is a free expression of the heart.