The Lamb – Before Passover

The Lamb – Before Passover

Exodus 12:3 – On the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family. (NIV)

That little lamb was the main course of the meal, a shelter from the death angel, and a representation of Jesus.  Father God was very specific about how many would eat from it, how it was to be cooked, what was to be served with it, how to eat it, and what to do if any was left.  I have to wonder if the Israelites fully realized what the next several hours would bring them.  Had the experience of the plagues built their faith?  Did their hearts race as Moses told them to be ready to leave? Were there questions in their minds about asking for the riches of Egypt?  Or were they happy with a great meal but tired at the thought of having to make bricks the next day!

The “tenth day” of Easter week would have been the Sunday ride into Jerusalem and the Monday clearing of the Temple.  The Gospels of Mark and Luke tell us of the day that Jesus cleared the Temple of the merchants (Mark 11:12 and Luke 19:45).  Both of these writers also include a statement about how the leaders of the people reacted – they picked Jesus to die and started looking for ways to do it.  The book of John (12:20 – 36) adds the details of Jesus predicting His own death and the Father answering Him as He prayed for glory to be given to God.  Even though the people turned on Jesus this was also the time when they “picked” their lamb.

Easter 2015 – Things Given

Things Given To Jesus in Holy Week

  • Palm Sunday – From Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:29-44, and John 12:12-19 we see the people giving Him praise. The Pharisees were upset in Luke 19 because this chant was for the “coming Messiah” and they did not think Jesus deserved it.
  • Monday – John 12: 28 the Father gave Jesus a voice (reply) from Heaven. It was for the benefit of the disciples and the crowd.
  • Tuesday – Nothing is recorded being given to Jesus on Tuesday. Well, a bad time from the Pharisees and Priest as they tried to trick Him.
  • Wednesday – Jesus was given a supper in Matthew 26:3 -16 and Mark 14: 1- 11. It was in Bethany at the house of Simon the Leper.                                                      – Jesus also received an anointing of perfume to prepare His body for burial. The perfume was probably pure nard and it was very expensive and in an alabaster jar/bottle.
  • Thursday – Jesus was given strength and ministry from an angel (Luke 22:34). Judas gave the kiss (Matthew 26:49 and Luke 22:47).
  • Friday – A notice by Pilate that read Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews (John 19: 19) and a drink of wine vinegar (John 19:29).                                        Everything we deserved! The rejection, beatings, ridicule, nails, and death should have been ours.
  • Crucifix from Misson Espiritu in Goliad,TX
  • See Things Jesus Borrowed

Jesus Had a Need

Palm Sunday, which celebrates Jesus’ ride into Jerusalem, begins what we call “Holy Week.”  Starting at the Mount of Olives, Jesus begins the day with a powerful statement that has slipped by me for years – Jesus had need of a donkey.

Jesus on the Donkey

Jesus on the Donkey

Needs.  A little word, everyone has them and we spend most of our lives working to take care of them.  We confuse needs and wants, they really are quite different and we must separate the two.  But to need something so that you can continue in life and business that is an important item.  Recently my wife read a short article by Bishop Fulton Sheen on how Jesus had “needs.”  That should have been no big deal, after all, he was human but that need was a donkey.  It was a necessity that He had to have that young donkey, not its mother but the colt.  I know that Jesus had a small group of women that supplied His needs in Galilee (Mark 15: 41) but somehow you never seem to think about Jesus having needs and that a human would take care of them.  The Greek word for needs in the story of Palm Sunday with the ride into Jerusalem is chreia (Strong’s 5532) and it implies employment, demand, necessity, business, and needs.

I am sure that Jesus was used to walking and probably had walked many miles to just get to the Mount of Olives.  So when He asked two disciples to go get a donkey they had to think it was strange and then He said it was a need.  In Isaiah 62: 11 the prophecy says that the king was to come into Zion riding a colt so Jesus knew that the donkey was a necessity.  (I like to think the house they went to belonged to Mary and Martha.)  For Jesus to fulfill His supernatural destiny He had to borrow that donkey.

Thoughts:

  • We will have needs just like Jesus so we can fulfill our destiny.
  • God may use people to help supply our needs.
  • We may not recognize our needs but it could be something as simple as a borrowed donkey.
  • God knows what your needs are and has already positioned them for you to find and use.

See the rest of Holy Week 2014

Palm Sunday references are Matthew 21: 12-17, Mark 11: 1-11, Luke 19: 29-44, John12: 12-19. http://clipart.christiansunite.com/1394966461/Easter_Clipart/Palm_Sunday_Clipart/Palm_Sunday001.jpg

Holy Week – Palm Sunday

This is all of the Palm Sunday stories about the ride into Jerusalem put together.

I will be looking at what and where Jesus was each day of Holy Week.

See Holy Week 2014 – Palm Sunday- Jesus Had a Need

Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:29-44, John 12:12-19

New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King21 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once as you enter it, you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her, which no one has ever ridden. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:“Say to Daughter Zion, 15 “Do not be afraid,
‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go. 37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd 12 that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

“Hosanna to the Son of David!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

10 “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!”

“Blessed is the king of Israel!”

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

16 At first, his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him.

39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”

40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 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. 43 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. 44 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.”

10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”

11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

17 Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. 18 Many people, because they had heard that he had performed this sign, went out to meet him.

11 Jesus went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.

19 So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!”