PASSION WEEK DEVOTIONAL
During this upcoming Passion Week, I encourage you to read a few of the passages provided below, for each day of the week; either by yourself or with your family. Meditate upon these events, and consider the emotional, spiritual, and mental challenges Christ overcame for our sake; that He might embrace a cruel Roman cross, for our atonement! May the Lord richly bless you. I look forward to seeing you on “Resurrection Sunday” at the Broadmoor World Arena!
He is “risen!” Risen indeed!
For His Glory.
Saturday: Jesus arrives at Bethany, (Matthew 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9; John 12:1-11); there He is anointed by Mary with the costly oil of spikenard, for His burial – John 12:7
Sunday: Triumphal entry into Jerusalem; a fulfillment of Daniel 9:25. Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:29-44; John 12:12-19
Monday: Curses the barren fig tree. Jesus cursed the fig tree because it had “no fruit”; literally “no pagi.” Matthew 21:18, 19; Mark 11:12-14 – Pagi (Latin: Pa-gee) is the bud of the fig tree, it is evidence of fruitfulness. It was not the season for figs, but Jesus cursed it; for although it was not the season for figs, this tree had only leaves and no evidence, (bud), the promise of fruit. Jesus cursed the tree, as an example of the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and Sadducees. They were, fig trees which bore only leaves, claiming to be something they were not, (children of God); yet, they bore no fruit of repentance. Jesus may have had Jeremiah in mind; Jeremiah 24:1 – the “unripen figs,” (figs that never reach full maturity); was a reference in Jeremiah’s time, to the rampant evil, and King Zedekiah’s destruction. Cleanses the temple a second time; “My Father’s House will be called a House of Prayer and not a den of thieves.” Matthew 21:12-17; Mark 11:15-19; Luke 19:45-48
Tuesday: The last day of Jesus public ministry, His last day in the Temple; and the Jews final rejection. Matthew 21-26; Mark 11-14; Luke 20-22; John 12
Wednesday: The record of the holy week is silent. A day of rest and prayer. (Psalm 46:10) Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
Thursday: Last Supper – Jesus eats the Passover meal with His disciples; shares words of instruction. Matthew 26:17-35; Mark 14:12-31; Luke 22:7-38; John 13-17
Friday: The illegal trial against Christ held in the early morning hours; leading to His crucifixion. Twelve reasons why the trial of Christ was illegal: http://livingtheway.org/jesustrial.html. Matthew 26-27; Mark 14-15; Luke 22-23; John 18-19
Saturday: Sealing of the tomb. The Roman seal was a guarantee that the body of Jesus would stay in the tomb. Anyone who would dare break the seal of Rome would be put to death. Matthew 27:62-66; Mark 16:1
Sunday: Resurrection! Matthew 28; Mark 16-; Luke 24; John 20-24