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Palm Sunday: A walk through Holy Week – part 1

Palm Sunday: A walk through Holy Week – part 1
This entry is part 1 of 11 in the series A Walk Through Holy Week
Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! 
       Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! 
       See, your king comes to you, 
       righteous and having salvation, 
       gentle and riding on a donkey, 
       on a colt, the foal of a donkey. ~ Zechariah 9:9
It was predicted by one of the Old Testament prophets. 
The story is relayed in all four Gospels:
The crowd shouted “Hosanna!” which in Hebrew means “Saved” and “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” – a phrase from Psalm 118:26 – again from the Old Testament. 
He entered the city of Jerusalem in triumph in fulfillment of the Holy Scriptures that the Jews knew by heart. The crowd proclaimed Him the Savior, the Messiah – the Anointed One. 
Everything seemed great. What happened in four days to warrant Jesus’ arrest and execution? 
In this series, A Walk Through Holy Week, I will attempt to explain the importance of the events of Holy Week through Resurrection Sunday and the days immediately after. 
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Jesus gets angry – A walk through Holy Week – part 2

Jesus gets angry – A walk through Holy Week – part 2
This entry is part 2 of 11 in the series A Walk Through Holy Week

This series – A Walk Through Holy Week is not about WWJD? (What would Jesus do?) But about what Jesus DID. The best way for us to know the answer to WWJD? is to learn and be familiar with what Jesus did and how He reacted to the most challenging week of His life.

When we think of Jesus we think of the mild-mannered teacher who healed people, calmed a storm, told stories, prophesied and later was executed for committing no crime. But there was one incident when Jesus got angry.
In Jerusalem, the Jewish temple was an important place. Pilgrims from all over the area would make there way there for the Passover festival (and others). There were required to sacrifice an animal – dove, goat or a lamb. 
Since these people came from different areas, they had different forms of currency. Besides the merchants that sold the sacrificial animals, there were money changers. These money changers charged a very large amount to change the currency. The were taking advantage of the people who had to buy animals. It was commercialism to the extreme for that place and time. The system was designed for profit rather than worship. 
This story is recounted in all four gospels also – though the Gospel of John is not in chronological order. Where Matthew, Mark and Luke were focused on events, John interprets the meaning of what Jesus said and did.  
On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” ~Mark 11:15-17
Jesus stayed in the temple area healing the blind and the lame. (Matthew 21:14) That disturbed the leaders of the temple. 
The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching. ~Mark 11:18
Here’s where it starts. 
Next time: Passover 
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Passover: A walk through Holy Week – part 3

Passover: A walk through Holy Week – part 3
This entry is part 3 of 11 in the series A Walk Through Holy Week
“Let my people go…” the words of Moses to the Egyptian Pharaoh as he followed God’s instructions in negotiating the release of the Jews from slavery.
The story starts with the Burning Bush (Exodus 3) where God spoke to Moses. 
But Pharaoh was stubborn. He wasn’t going to let thousands of slaves free just like that.  Who would make the bricks to build the temples? 
Moses would not take no for answer – or God wouldn’t. So God sent plagues – one after another. He turned all the water to blood, sent frogs to cover the land, then the gnats, then flies. Still Pharaoh stood his ground. Then God killed all the livestock, but He saved the Israelites’ stock. Then all the Egyptians broke out in boils. Then hail. Then the locusts. So not just the livestock was gone, but so were the crops. Nope, Pharaoh said that was just “magic”. Then there was 3 days of darkness. 
But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he was not willing to let them go. Pharaoh said to Moses, “Get out of my sight! Make sure you do not appear before me again! The day you see my face you will die.” “Just as you say,” Moses replied, “I will never appear before you again.” ~Exodus 10:27-29
 The Lord then spoke to Moses and told him that He’d send one more plague. All the firstborn children in the land. To protect the Jew’s children, the Lord told Moses to have the Jews take lamb’s blood and put it on the doorframe of their houses. And he gave them other instructions.  (Exodus 12) The plague of the firstborns “passed over” all the homes of the Jews and only affected the Egyptians. Finally, Pharaoh, after witnessing the death of his son, let Moses lead the Israelites out of Egypt. 
I think the best cinematic portrayal of this event it The Ten Commandments with Charlton Heston. 
Modern-day Jews celebrate Passover every year on the anniversary of the original event in remembrance of their ancestors’ release from slavery. It begins on the 14th day of the Jewish month Nisan (March and April) – the first month of the Hebrew calendar year.  Passover on Wikipedia  
Passover 2012 starts on April 7 – the day before Easter. Why the holidays don’t coordinate now in modern times, I don’t know. To me, Passover should be celebrated on Holy Thursday or put Easter the Sunday after Passover.
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Jesus teachings and warnings: A walk through Holy Week – part 4

Jesus teachings and warnings: A walk through Holy Week – part 4
This entry is part 4 of 11 in the series A Walk Through Holy Week

Jesus teaching at the templeFrom Jesus’ triumphal entry (Palm Sunday) till the Last Supper (Holy or Maundy Thursday), Jesus had a few days to teach in Jerusalem. The disciples, of course, followed Him everywhere as did crowds of citizens. The people considered Him a prophet and a rabbi (teacher), but the leaders of the Jewish Temple – the Pharisees and the chief priests were concerned that Jesus was a false teacher.

The gall of Him to say who would enter Heaven first! Matthew 22:1-14

Who was He to say what the greatest commandment was? Mark 12:28-34

What did He mean when He said, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s”? Matthew 22:15-22

He didn’t fall for their tricks.

Jesus warned the Pharisees and called them hypocrites. Why?

The Pharisees were a strict Jewish sect – careful observers of the law and very pious. They saw this man from a nothing place like Nazareth, show up and start preaching like He was God. They didn’t see that He was fulfilling all the prophecies of the scriptures – that Jesus was the Messiah the Jews had been waiting for.

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! …” Jesus says this over and over again. Matthew 23

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean…” Matthew 23:25-26

Jesus was pointing out that the Pharisees appeared pious and righteous on the outside, but they were really greedy and proud.

“You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? Therefore I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town….” Matthew 23:33-34 Here, Jesus was predicting what would happen to Stephen and the other disciples. (Acts 7:51-60)

For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. ~ Matthew 23:12

Next: Signs of the End of the Age – Jesus predicts the fall of the temple and the end times.

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Jesus predicts signs of the end of the age – A walk through Holy Week part 5

Jesus predicts signs of the end of the age – A walk through Holy Week part 5
This entry is part 5 of 11 in the series A Walk Through Holy Week
It’s in three of the Gospels:
And I’ve written about it a lot:

So I’ll just summarize this vital part of Jesus’ last days. He knew He was going to die soon – it was essential for Him to get this message across.

First He tells His disciples that the temple they see will soon be in ruins. This came true in 70 AD when the Romans crushed the Jewish rebellion in Jerusalem. 

As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” ~Luke 19:41-44

Note the last line – “because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” That is that the people right then and there didn’t get it. Here was the Son of God live in front of them and they didn’t get it. 

The curious disciples asked, “When will this happen?” Wouldn’t you want to know? 
Jesus doesn’t answer them directly. He tells them what to look for – the signs of the end times. But then He says the most crucial words, “

“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come…” (Mark 13:32-33)
Only God knows when the end will come. 
Here are some of the signs:
  • Lots of Christ-wanna-bes will appear
  • Brother will betray brother
  • Children will rebel against parents
  • Christians will be hated and persecuted
  • Nations will rise against nations
  • Earthquakes will increase in intensity and frequency (In the last 30 days as of this original posting there have been 699 earthquakes. http://www.iris.edu/seismon/last30.html. When I looked at this after the first Japan quake, there were over 1200! Over 1200 earthquakes in 1 30-day period!)
Of utmost importance is lessons from the parables in Matthew 25:
Be ready because He could come at any minute – like a thief in the night. 
How do get you ready?
  • Open your heart to Jesus, the one and only savior. 
  • Pray
  • Serve – feed the hungry, help the poor, be kind to the stranger 
They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
“He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ ~Matthew 25:44-45
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Jesus is betrayed by a friend – A walk through Holy Week part 6

Jesus is betrayed by a friend – A walk through Holy Week part 6
This entry is part 6 of 11 in the series A Walk Through Holy Week
Have you ever been betrayed by a friend or family member? Even a broken promise hurts. Someone you trust does something that is totally opposite their character – or so you thought. 
That’s what happened to Jesus – and He knew what was going to happen.
When Jesus had finished saying all these things [Signs of the End of Days], he said to his disciples, “As you know, the Passover is two days away—and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”

Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, and they plotted to arrest Jesus in some sly way and kill him. “But not during the Feast,” they said, “or there may be a riot among the people.” ~Matthew 26:1-5
That night, Jesus and His disciples were at the home of a follower, a woman came in and poured some expensive perfume on Jesus’ head. His disciples quickly commented:
“Why this waste?” they asked. “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.”

Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”~Matthew 26:8-13 
Jesus is betrayed by Judas with a kissJudas Iscariot
Judas – the name in modern day is associated with a traitor. Judas was the disciples’ treasurer – he carried the disciples money bag – and he was greedy. He sold Jesus out for 30 pieces of silver. He went to the chief priests and asked them,”What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” (Matthew 26:14)
(Note: the Gospel of John has Judas making the comment of the expensive perfume, also indicating that he used to help himself to what was put into the money bag. (John 12:4-6 )
During the Last Supper, Jesus accuses Judas.

When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. And while they were eating, he said, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me.

They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely not I, Lord?”

Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”

Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely not I, Rabbi?” 

Jesus answered, “Yes, it is you.” ~Matthew 26:20-25

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Jesus humbles Himself – A walk through Holy Week part 7

Jesus humbles Himself – A walk through Holy Week part 7
This entry is part 7 of 11 in the series A Walk Through Holy Week

What would you think if your boss got on his/her knees and started polishing your shoes without warning?

OK, now that you’ve picked yourself off the floor from laughing hysterically at the thought, take this in – it really happened. Jesus did it.

It’s only recounted in the Gospel of John – John 13:1-17 – but the meaning of the humble task is immense.

They were in the Upper Room ready to celebrate the Passover meal when Jesus surprises His 12 apostles with His actions.
First He takes a towel and wraps it around His waist – much like a waiter would and like the servants of His day did.
Then He takes a pitcher and basin and starts washing the disciples’ feet.
Living in Phoenix, you can understand how dusty your feet can get if you wear sandals. Imagine back then when there were no paved roads or sidewalks. The feet were the dirtiest part of the body.
Peter protested. Then Peter said, “Then, Lord, not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!” (John 13:9)
To which Jesus responded, “A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” (John 13:10)
Jesus knew that Judas was going to betray Him.

Why did Jesus wash their feet?

  • To show that those who believe in Him will be cleansed from sin
  • To show the fulfillment of one of the Prophet Isaiah’s prophecies:

Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. ~Isaiah 40:4

  • To reiterate what He taught in other occasions:

For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. (Matthew 23:12)“I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”(Mark 10:15)

  • To show instill in them to Love one another as they love themselves. (Matthew 22:29)

God likes humility. God hates pride.

If Jesus, the King of kings, can get on His knees and wash His friends’ feet, then we should be able to do the same.

And the ultimate humiliation is still to come.

Next time: The Last Supper

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The Last Supper – A walk through Holy Week part 8

The Last Supper – A walk through Holy Week part 8
This entry is part 8 of 11 in the series A Walk Through Holy Week

“Do this in remembrance of me.” Matthew 26:17-46

Every time a believer takes communion, they honor Jesus and the sacrifice He made for humankind. 

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.”Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, and they all drank from it.“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them. “I tell you the truth, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it anew in the kingdom of God.” ~Mark 14:22-25

Jesus is the bread of life!

Jesus is the bread of life!

Jesus became the Sacrificial Lamb. In stead of having to ask for forgiveness by sacrificing a lamb each time, Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice. 

But the disciples still didn’t understand and Jesus told them that they would all “fall away.”

Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.”“I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” ~Matthew 26:33-34

What? Another betrayal? First Judas, then Peter? Peter, to whom Jesus said that he’d build the church upon his “rock.” Not Peter.

After dinner, Jesus went with the disciples to the Mount of Olives and at the Garden of Gethsemane where He told his disciples to wait for Him while He went to pray by himself. 

Jesus knew what was going to happen to Him. He also knew that it was His destiny and it was going to be painful.

Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane

Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane

“My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me,” Jesus prayed.

But then He said, “Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Jesus said this twice.

God’s will be done. Not my will, but God’s will. That is what every God-fearing, God-respecting believer needs to understand. “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)

How can you know what God’s will is for your life? Pray. Talk to God. Then Listen for His answer.

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Good Friday: Jesus is arrested, tried and mocked -A walk through Holy Week part 9

Good Friday: Jesus is arrested, tried and mocked -A walk through Holy Week part 9
This entry is part 9 of 11 in the series A Walk Through Holy Week

I could retell the story, but the Gospels already do such a good job of it that I’ll let you read the story for yourself:

I’ll go over some of the main points:

  • Judas led the soldiers to Jesus and pointed Him out by kissing Him.
  • The disciples wanted to fight, but Jesus wouldn’t let them.
  • Jesus was taken from the Sanhedrin, the highest Jewish court, to King Herod, the current territorial King Herod Antipas, son of King Herod the Great who reigned when Jesus was born, and Pontius Pilot, procurator of the Roman Provence of Judea.

Jesus before PilotTechnically, Jesus didn’t break any laws. It was the Jewish priests and the Pharisees who were afraid of Him because He claimed to be the King of the Jews. They didn’t see that He was the Messiah, that He came to fulfill the prophecies of the Jewish scriptures:

Isaiah 53:5-8

Jesus did not defend Himself because He knew He had to die.

Pilot didn’t get it, but He didn’t want a riot on his hands so he let the people choose. The Jews wanted someone to deliver them from the Romans right then and there. Barabbas was a leader of the rebels so they chose Barabbas over Jesus. They didn’t understand the Jesus’ Kingdom was “not of this earth”.

During all this, Peter was confronted 3 times and 3 times he denied knowing Jesus – just as Jesus predicted.

The Roman guards beat and mocked Jesus by throwing a red blanket on His shoulders and a crown of thrones on His head, “Hail, the King of the Jews!” He was humbled yet again.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.” ~John 14:1-2

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.~John 3:16

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The Stations of the Cross – A walk through Holy Week part 10

The Stations of the Cross – A walk through Holy Week part 10
This entry is part 10 of 11 in the series A Walk Through Holy Week

The Via Dolorosa (the painful way) or La Via Cruces (the Way of the Cross). Growing up Catholic, one of the yearly rituals was going to church and visiting each “Station of the Cross” – plaques depicting Jesus’ suffering and crucifixion.

Via Dolorosa, the stations of the CrossThe traditional Stations are:

  1. Jesus is condemned to death
  2. Jesus is given his cross
  3. Jesus falls the first time
  4. Jesus meets His Mother
  5. Simon of Cyrene carries the cross
  6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
  7. Jesus falls the second time
  8. Jesus meets the daughters of Jerusalem
  9. Jesus falls the third time
  10. Jesus is stripped of His garments
  11. Crucifixion: Jesus is nailed to the cross
  12. Jesus dies on the cross
  13. Jesus’ body is removed from the cross
  14. Jesus is laid in the tomb and covered in incense.

Via Dolorosa, the stations of the Cross, Jesus carrying the crossAgain, all four Gospels recount the story:

The highlights are known as the “Seven Last Words of Christ”:

  1. Father forgive them, for they know not what they do (Luke 23:34). This is the ultimate forgiveness. Jesus is forgiving the people who betrayed Him, who called Him a liar, who mocked Him, who were killing Him.Jesus' Crucifiction
  2. Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise (Luke 23:43). Here He is telling the two thieves who were being crucified with Him that their sins are forgiven and that they would be with Him in Heaven.
  3. Woman, behold your son: behold your mother (John 19:26-27). He tells the disciple He trusted the most to take care of His mother, Mary.
  4. Eli Eli lama sabachthani? (“My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34) Jesus was human, in pain and here in a moment of extreme suffering, He pleads to His Father.
  5. I thirst (John 19:28). This again shows that He is human.
  6. It is finished (John 19:30). The prophecy is fulfilled, His job is done. Legalism is finished.
  7. Father, into your hands I commit my spirit (Luke 23:46). According to Luke, Jesus said this rather than “It is finished.”

Jesus is taken down from the cross and laid in the tombIf Jesus can forgive those who turned against Him, then you, too, can forgive anyone that hurt or betrayed you.

If Jesus can guarantee that two thieves would be in Heaven with Him, then you, too, can have the same guarantee no matter how bad your sins are.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. ~ John 3:16-17

It’s true. It happened. All you have to do is believe and you have a ticket to Heaven.

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An hour of quiet meditation, scripture, and prayer will focus our hearts on the cross, its meaning, and the price that was paid by Jesus.

Last of this series: The Greatest Day – Resurrection Sunday!

And the story doesn’t stop there. My next series will be After the Resurrection – a walk through the days after Jesus’ Resurrection to Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit.

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Resurrection Sunday – Jesus Lives! A walk through Holy Week part 11

Resurrection Sunday – Jesus Lives! A walk through Holy Week part 11
This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series A Walk Through Holy Week

The is the greatest day! What happened on that Sunday morning is cornerstone of Christian belief. If it weren’t for Christ’s Resurrection, nothing He said would have meant anything. He would have been just like any other human being, any other prophet, any other teacher.

He was dead – crucified then put in tomb. Since the Sabbath was approaching, His followers didn’t have enough time to properly prepare the body (anointing) for burial. So early on Sunday morning, Mary Magdalene took herbs to the tomb.

All four Gospels tell the story though they differ slightly. My favorite is John’s version.

In Matthew, Mary and two other ladies wonder how they’re going to move the large stone that covered the opening to the tomb, but to their surprise, it was open!

At first, they thought someone took Jesus’ body. Mary runs to tell Peter and the disciples and they come running to see that the tomb is indeed empty. Just the strips of burial cloth lay where they put the body 2 nights before.

Matthew also tells of an earthquake that moved the stone and that scared the Roman guards. The guards swore that no one came to take the body.

Mary was crying when a man asks her why. Thinking it’s the gardener, she asks him where has he taken her Lord.

Then Jesus says her name and she recognizes Him. He tells her to go to the brothers and tell them, ‘I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’
Note something – the women were the last at the cross and the first at the tomb. And in those days, women were never witnesses at a trial. Women were thought inferior, yet it was to a woman that Jesus spoke to first and instructed to spread the word that He was alive.

I like the questions asked – different in each Gospel, but they are still meaningful to us today.

Who is it that you are looking for? (John 20:15)

Why do you look for the living among the dead? (Luke 24:5)

The answer is that Jesus has risen from the dead! He conquered death so that we could live – so that we could have eternity.

No other person did that for you.

Easter is not about cute bunnies and colorful eggs, it’s about Jesus being raised from the dead and what that means for us – for YOU!

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