I love this week between the Triumphal Entry and The Resurrection because of all it teaches. Have you ever asked yourself what would I do if I knew I only had a week to live? Do you have a bucket list? Things you would never imagine if you knew you had years to live?
If you haven't done this before, try this out this week and see what you take from it. I suggest all 4 Gospels, but John will be fine if you only have limited time. Begin at the Triumphal Entry (in John start at Chapter 12 and that will cover it) and read through the rest of the book, because it is the last week of His Life. Imagine that, if you never noticed, almost half of John is dedicated to the events of His last week. The majority of that to the final hours and His post resurrection appearance.
Some of the most memorable passages in Scripture are found in those chapters. I hope all reading this take the time to read His Word and see the events that took place in those days.
I am reminded of the singularity of His focus and determination to secure salvation to those willing to receive. He is indeed Great and greatly to be praised!
Though not from John, I love how Mark deals with an episode leading to the ascent to Jerusalem for passover.
It was not uncommon for Him to walk ahead of them, but there apparently was something different about this particular walk toward Jerusalem, and they appear to have known something was up. I also love that Jesus did not rebuke them for forgetting what already been told to them, but rather He reminds them yet again what was coming, and with graphic specifics.Mark 10
32 Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. Then He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to Him: 33 “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him to the Gentiles; 34 and they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit on Him, and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again.”
Before Mark 10 is complete we get this breathtaking quote, as James and John squabble about prominent position . v45. "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Lord Jesus, how I rejoice that You have paid for my broken soul, and ransomed me from the wages my sin!
Back to John, I love this passage as much as about any, because it tells me God has given us all we need to be reconciled to Him
Reason to rejoice my brothers and sisters!John 20
30 And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.
Here we are middle of the week.
We have seen Jesus presented as The Spotless Lamb last Sunday.
We will see Him offered this Friday, as The Once and for All Sacrifice.
We will celebrate this Sunday His power over death, thus having the power to offer eternal life to those who call upon His name.
God, you are so good to us, and we know we are greatly beloved! (Romans 5:8)