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Happy Resurrection Week!

The Empty Garden Tomb

The empty tomb reminds us that we worship a risen Savior, Jesus Christ, who said, "... I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die." (John 11:25-26, NIV).

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Holy Week Day 7 - Saturday in the Tomb

Saturday April 19, 2014

At the Tomb of Jesus
On Saturday, the Sabbath, Jesus' body lay in the tomb where it was guarded by Roman soldiers.

When the Sabbath ended at sundown, Christ's body was ceremonially treated for burial with spices.

It may seem as though very little happened on this day, but Saturday marked an all-important turning point in history. Consider how this day changed the fate of every person—past, present, and future—who has put their faith in the Messiah, Jesus Christ:

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Holy Week Day 6 - Good Friday's Trial, Crucifixion, Death, Burial

Friday April 18, 2014

The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ
Today we'll trace Jesus' footsteps on Good Friday, the most difficult day of Passion Week.

In the early morning hours, as Judas Iscariot hanged himself in remorse, Jesus endured the shame of false accusations, condemnation, mockery, and beatings. Perhaps Christ's most difficult heartache to endure was abandonment by even his closest friends and followers.

After multiple unlawful trials, he was sentenced to death by crucifixion, one of the most horrible and disgraceful methods of capitol punishment.

Meditate on the unimaginable sacrifice and incomparable suffering our Savior endured for us throughout his trial, sentencing, and gruesome death by crucifixion:

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Holy Week Day 5 - Maundy Thursday's Passover, Last Supper

Thursday April 17, 2014

The Last Supper
Today we'll retrace the Lord's somber steps to the Upper Room where the Passover Feast was shared. Before they ate, Jesus humbly washed the feet of his disciples.

Then, during the Last Supper, Jesus established the Lord's Supper, or Communion, instructing his followers to continually remember his sacrifice by sharing in the elements of bread and wine.

Later that night, Jesus and the disciples went to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed in agony to God the Father. Shortly thereafter, Jesus was betrayed with a kiss by Judas Iscariot and arrested by the Sanhedrin.

Knowing what lay ahead, we can hardly fathom how difficult this day must have been for our Lord:

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Holy Week Day 4 - Silent Wednesday

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Tomb of Lazarus
Lazarus' Tomb in Bethany (Photo by George Eastman House, circa 1900).
The Bible doesn't say what the Lord did on Wednesday of Passion Week.

Scholars believe that after two exhausting days in Jerusalem, Jesus and his disciples probably spent this day resting in Bethany in anticipation of the Passover.

While we can only speculate, it's fascinating to consider how our Savior spent this final quiet day with his close friends, Lazarus, Martha, Mary, and the disciples:

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