The Passion Week

“The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.” – John 12:23

This Sunday is Palm Sunday, Christ’s Triumphal Entry into the city of Jerusalem. This event marks the beginning of the Passion Week. Jesus has spent three years teaching, healing, and traveling city to city. It is now time to face the cross.

What I want to do is give a quick picture of the events of the Passion Week. My hope is that you will use this email to guide you through this upcoming week and that it helps get our hearts in the right place during this Easter Season. Remember the things we remember: the death, burial, and resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ!

Sunday (Palm Sunday) – Triumphal Entry; Matthew 21:1-11

Monday – Fig Tree Cursed (Mt 21:18-19) and Cleansing of the Temple (Mt 21:12-17)

Tuesday – Fig Tree Withered (Mt 20-22), Christ’s Authority Questioned (Mt 21:23-27), 3 Parables (Mt 21:28-22:14), 3 Questions (Mt 22:15-40), Christ Questions Back (Mt 22:41-46), Woe to Pharisees (Mt 23:1-39), Widow’s Gift (Mk 12:41-44), Jews Reject (John 12:20-50), Olivet Discourse (Mt 24:1-25:46)

Wednesday – Plot to Kill Jesus (Mt 26:1-5) and Judas Agrees (Mt 26:14-16)

Thursday – Prep for Passover (Mt 26:17-19), Passover & Lord’s Supper (Mt 26:20-20), Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial (Mt:26:31-35), Foot Washing (John 13:1-20), Garden (Mt 26:36-46), Jesus Arrested (Mt 26:47-56), and 1st Jewish Trial (John 18:13-23)

Friday (Good Friday) – 2nd Jewish Trial (Mt 26:57-68), Peter’s Denial (Mt 26:69-75), 3rd Jewish Trial (Mt 27:1-2), 1st Roman Trial (Mt 27:2, 11-14), 2nd Roman Trial (Luke 23:6-12), 3rd Roman Trial (Mt 27:15-31), Crucifixion (Mt 27:32), Death (27:45-56), and Burial (Mt 27:57-61)

Saturday – Guard is set (Mt 27:62-66)

Sunday (Easter Sunday) – Resurrection (Mt 28:1-8), Jesus Appears to Mary (Mk 16:9-11), Jesus Appears to other women (Mt 28:9-10), Guard Report (Mt 28:11-15), Emmaus Road (Luke 24:13-32), and Jesus Appears to Disciples (Not Thomas) Luke 24:36-49

I encourage everyone to read over these Scripture and rejoice in all that Christ has done for us!

Servant

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and give his life as a ransom for many.” — Mark 10:45

Throughout Scripture, mankind is disconnected from God. Living a selfish, me-first lifestyle. In the Book of Judges we learn that people did whatever was right in their own eyes. David in his sin with Bathsheba is only thinking about himself and his desires. With every choice we make, how often are we only concerned with ourselves? As the old saying goes, “You can’t spell sin without ‘I.'” Sin is putting ourselves first; what we want is what matters most.

Jesus, throughout His ministry, was changing people’s perspectives. Jesus would always say confusing things like, “The first shall be last, and the last shall be first.” In Mark 10, Jesus reveals the motivation of His ministry: to serve. Jesus is the Son of God. He could have called down angels to serve Him. He could have demanded worship, and He would have deserved to have everything given to Him. But instead, Jesus tells us that He came to serve, not to be served. Jesus is setting up a change for mankind’s thought process: instead of thinking about yourself, think about what you can do for others. This is what will define the faith that we confess.

On Sunday, during our Upper Room service, we are going to discuss what it means to be a servant. What does this look like in our lives? Join us on Sunday as we remember, through Communion, the sacrifice of Christ for our sins.

Further Reading: Philippians 2:1-11

The Wind and Waves

That day when evening came, He said to His disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took Him along, just as He was, in the boat. There were also other boats with Him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to His disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey Him!”—Mark 4:35-41
Early Thursday morning everybody in our house was at one point awakened by the strong gust of winds that were coming through our area. The winds would blow across the windows and scare Ava and Kenzie, carrying a lot of strength behind them. I saw pictures on the news of trees blown over and all the damage caused by the storm. Our shed was even partly blown off its wooden platform. Lying in bed and hearing the strong winds outside made me immediately think about the experience of Jesus and His Disciples on their boat in the middle of a storm.

They are crossing the Sea of Galilee and a storm comes upon them, and much like Ava and Kenzie, the Disciples are scared. They are actually even afraid for their lives as they see water coming into the boat. They go to Jesus and find Him sleeping through the storm, and they question Him and wonder if He even cares about them. Jesus gets up and performs an amazing miracle; He speaks, “Quiet! Be still!” and the winds and waves calm immediately! Christ shows His amazing power over creation: He speaks and the wind and waves obey Him. The Disciples were terrified of and amazed at what they saw that night.

The Disciples wondered if Jesus cared about them; they were facing a terrible storm and Jesus was asleep. Jesus questioned their faith, asking, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” We also face troubles and “storms” in this life. Are we afraid that Jesus doesn’t care about us? Or will we in faith trust that the God who controls the winds and the waves is also in control of our lives? Our faith gives us hope that we can face whatever troubles this world brings to our lives, because our faith and trust is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.