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Lessons - Monthly Archives: April 2011

Vignettes from Jesus’ Final Days – Week 4

April 21st, 2011
If you only had one week to live, how would you spend your time? Jesus had an eventful life in His last seven days between Palm Sunday and Easter.
MONDAY was a day of curses and cleaning house. Jesus cursed the fig tree and later cleaned God’s House.
Key point: To be fruitful, we have to enter into a true relationship with God.
TUESDAY was a day of teaching. Jesus spoke with the Pharisees and Disciples and predicted the future.
Key point: True faith leads to obedience, fruitfulness. It is not enough to say it with your mouth, you must have true obedience.
WEDNESDAY was a day of anointing and betrayal. Mary anointed Jesus’ head and feet using all that she had. Judas sells out the Lamb of God.
Key point: Worshipping Him, though it cost you everything, will be an honor lasting through the ages.
THURSDAY was a day of worship, agony and mystery. This was the last day that Jesus would know freedom. Jesus and the Disciples sat down for the Passover meal. The Disciples left singing a hymn. (Mark 14:26, see Psalm 136 hymn).
Jesus predicted Peter’s denial (Mark 14:27-31), but makes a promise of resurrection, restoration and a reunion (Mark 14:28). Then Jesus and the Disciples went to Gethsemane to pray (Mark 14:32). Jesus asked the Disciples to stay and watch while he prayed. He took Peter, James and John along with him and began to be “deeply stressed and troubled.” (Mark 14:33) Luke 22:44 describes Jesus’ anguish in more detail. “His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground,” indicating that the weight of the world (our sin) had fallen on Jesus and He was suffering greatly. Jesus’ prayer was painful. “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” (Mark 14:36)  When Jesus returned from praying, he found all the Disciples asleep. All Jesus had asked them to do was pray. (Spiritual strength comes from consistent prayer.) Although the Disciples boasted great spiritual strength, they displayed great spiritual weakness. Jesus calls Peter, “Simon” representing Peter in the flesh. (Mark 14:37-38).
THE CUP OF SUFFERING AND JUDGMENT
There have been several views on what Jesus was referring to when he prayed, “Take this cup from me.”
• Physical Death: No. Jesus’ mission was to go to the cross. God did not intend physical death. (John 12:27)
• Premature Death: No. This is the thought that Satan was more powerful. This is not valid because Jesus is in complete control. (John 10:17-18)
• The Imputation of sin and separation from God: Possibly. When Adam sinned there was separation from God. “My God, my God why have you forsaken me?” (Psalm 22:1) While Jesus was on earth, he continuously prayed to the One who could save him from death. Hebrews 5:7 indicates that the Father heard Jesus’ prayer and answered it.
• Victory over Death: YES! Physical death is separation of the spirit from the body. Spiritual death is separation from God because of sin. Jesus, who had never known sin, died physically and spiritually for our sins. (Hebrews 2:9 and Hebrews 9:26-28) He broke fellowship with God so we could have fellowship with God.
“Father remove this cup” means let me be victorious over death.
In Max Lucado’s book “He Chose the Nails,” he reiterates that Jesus was willing to take the risk of separating Himself eternally and chose the nails so we could live eternally with the Father. “The test of all happiness is gratitude.” (G.K. Chesterton) Put aside pettiness and smallness and honor God for what he has given us. Make us more grateful this Easter season and always for His gift of life and new life.  He is risen!
(Material is Copyright © 2011 by Derrick G. Jeter. All rights reserved worldwide. Used by permission.
 

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