April 17. 2019

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. – Zechariah 9:9 ESV
When we celebrate Easter, we are celebrating the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ – it occurred over 8 days and those days are called, Holy Week.  Holy Week spans from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. With the Help of biblestudytools.com, let’s remember the significance of the 8 days of Easter.  Russ Ramsey, pastor and author, wrote an article for The Gospel Coalition titled “Easter Week in Real Time.” Easter and Christmas are different celebrations and require different introspection. There is a merriment to the celebration of the birth of Christ, however, we might consider a more proper spirit for Easter is seriousness and the understanding of what was done, and what it means to us, to our world and to eternity. Palm Sunday began when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on that donkey. “This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying, “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.'”  (Matthew 21:4) Ramsey writes about this verse: “When Jesus rode into Jerusalem perched on a colt, it was the first time since raising Lazarus from the dead that he’d shown his face in the city.” The events of Palm Sunday are found in Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, and John 12:9-19.
Leader, the events for the Monday before Easter are recorded in Matthew 21:12-22, Mark 11:12-19, and Luke 19:45-48. This is the Monday when Jesus entered the temples and drove out all those who bought and sold things there. The events of the Tuesday before Easter are recorded in Matthew 21:23-26:5, Mark 11:27-14:2, Luke 20:1-22:2, and John 12:37-50. Jesus spent Tuesday teaching God’s Word in the temple to all who would listen; “But Tuesday afternoon is the last time Jesus publicly teaches in the temple as a free man. His words on this day are his closing argument, his manifesto,” writes Ramsey. The events of the Wednesday before Easter are recorded in Matthew 26:6-16, Mark 14:3-11, and Luke 22:3-6. On Wednesday Jesus rested; He allowed a woman to pour expensive ointment on His head. When His disciples exclaimed at the price of the oil and what they considered a waste, Jesus responded, “For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me. She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial.”  (Mark 14:7-8)
Conduit, The events of Maundy- from the Latin “Mandatum” Translated “Commandment”- Thursday, are recorded in Matthew 26:17-75, Mark 14:12-72, Luke 22:7-71, and John 13:1-18:27.  This historic Thursday covers the washing of the disciples’ feet, the announcement of Jesus’ coming betrayal, the Passover meal, prayer at the Mount of Olives, and ultimately His arrest in Gethsemane. As Ramsey comments, Jesus isn’t just there to pray at the Mount of Olives . . . He is there to wait. He knows what’s coming, He has been waiting for it, and He is ready to fulfill His promise. The events of Good Friday are recorded in Matthew 27:1-61, Mark 15:1-47, Luke 23:1-56, and John 18:28-19:41. Today is the day Jesus was delivered over to Pilate the governor of Judea. Day 7 is Holy Saturday – Jesus’ Body Lay Dead in the Tomb. The events of this day are revealed in Matthew 27:62-66. Less is written about this day in Scripture than any other day in Holy Week, but this is the only full day where Jesus’ body lay buried. As Ramsey writes, the chief priests may have scoffed at Jesus’ prophecy, but they did not forget it. The religious leaders were paranoid that something might happen still, which is why they asked for the extra security. Day 8: Resurrection Sunday – He Is Risen Indeed! The events of Resurrection Sunday are recorded in Matthew 28:1-20, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-53, and John 20:1-21:25. “Easter says of Jesus, ‘He meant it! He meant to lay down his life for you. And as surely as he has taken it up again, he knows you and loves you.’” The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus was not an accident, it was full of purpose for God’s glory and our salvation. This is the HOPE of the world, this is man’s only available PEACE, this is the GOOD NEWS- that is why it is called the GOSPEL!  Go and tell the world- PREACH IT: HE IS RISEN!

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