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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 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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Holy Week Day 3 - Tuesday in Jerusalem, Mount of Olives

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Mount of Olives
Current day Jerusalem with Mount of Olives in background.
Today our journey through Holy Week takes us back to the Temple in Jerusalem where Jewish leaders, grasping for a reason to arrest Jesus, did their best to challenge his authority and catch him in a trap.

Later that afternoon, Jesus left the city and went with his disciples to the Mount of Olives, where he gave his famous Olivet Discourse.

Can you imagine the inner turmoil our Savior endured on this day of confrontation and controversy?

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Holy Week Day 2 - Monday: Jesus Clears the Temple

Monday April 14, 2014

Jesus Clears the Temple
Today we continue tracing the footsteps of Jesus, as Monday morning he returned with his disciples to Jerusalem.

Just days before the Passover Feast, the city was overrun with thousands of pilgrims from all parts of the world. At the Temple, money changers were turning the place into a scene of greed and sinfulness. Seeing the desecration of the holy place, Jesus drove these men out from the court of Gentiles, along with sellers of cattle and pigeons.

Consider how the expulsion of the money changers triggered a chain of events that led to Christ's death:

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