Hey friends! Happy Easter!
Today, on Good Friday I’m reminded of God’s faithfulness!Good Friday reminds us that despite the circumstances, VICTORY is coming, Sunday is coming, and God is always faithful to fulfill his promises. Click To Tweet
Easter is definitely my favorite holiday because we get to celebrate the VICTORY of Jesus dying on the cross and rising from the dead. This victory gives us eternal life and points us to God’s unconditional love for each of us. Easter is such an amazing time for us to talk about our faith with our friends and family as this time brings up so many opportunities for us to share Jesus’ story!
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Matthew 21:1-11 (Beginning of Jesus’ last week)
What is Palm Sunday?
- This is the day that Christians celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, the week before his death and resurrection.
- Marks the beginning of Holy Week
- Crowds greeted Jesus by waving palm branches and shouting: Matthew 21:9 “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”
- Hosanna means “Save us” The people had great hopes because they had seen Jesus do many miracles.
- Why do you think they used palm branches to wave at Jesus? Palm branches were a symbol of triumph and victory!
- How did Jesus enter into Jerusalem? Riding on a colt- the foal of a donkey, a humble entry as the Prince of Peace
Matthew 26:20-30 (Jesus and the disciples share the last supper, Thursday night)
What is Passover?
- This was celebrated every year to remember how the Israelites were delivered out of the hand of Pharoah (slavery) to freedom.
- Remembering how the death angel passed over their homes saving their oldest son from death by a lamb’s blood over the doorpost of their home. (This was pointing to Jesus the perfect Lamb.)
- Jesus would soon be the final Passover Lamb
- As Jesus walked into Jerusalem to celebrate Passover, he passed through the Kidron Valley where each year the blood would run from sacrificing the lambs to cover sin.
- Judas was the honored guest even though Jesus knew he was going to betray Him.
- Jesus washed the disciple’s feet with one last act of love. John 13:1-20
Garden of Gethsemane
(Matthew 26:36-46 Jesus Agonizes in the Garden late Thursday night almost Friday)
- Jesus leaves the last supper with Peter, James, and John (His garden friends) to go and pray in the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives.
- Jesus prays in v39 “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
- Jesus returns from praying to find his friends asleep. Verse 45 “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour is near, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
The Kiss: Betrayed and Arrested
(Matthew 26:47-55, Jesus is betrayed by Judas and arrested early Friday morning long before dawn in the Garden)
- Verses 47-50 “While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs. . .Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: The one I kiss is the man; arrest him. Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, ‘Greetings Rabbi!’ and kissed him. Jesus replied, Friend, do what you came for.”
The Trial and The Stripes
(Matthew 26:57-67; Matthew 27:11-31 Jesus goes on trial early Friday morning)
- Jesus was first taken to Caiphas (High Priest) where they accused Him of blasphemy. Matt. 26:63 “Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God. ‘Yes, it is as you say,’ Jesus replied.” They went on to spit in his face and struck him with their fists. (Matt 26:67-68)
- Next, Jesus was taken to Pilate, the governor, and Pilate recognized that it was only envy that they handed Jesus over to him (Matt. 26:18) and he and his wife recognized that Jesus was innocent.
- Pilate was afraid of the crowd and tradition during Passover time was to release a prisoner chosen by the people (Matt. 27:15)
- The Jewish religious leaders were determined to have Jesus killed and they persuaded the crowd to let Barabbas “guilty prisoner” go and crucify Jesus. (Matt. 27:22-24)
- Pilate had Jesus flogged and handed him over to be crucified.Flogging was done by stripping the victim to the waist and then bound in a stooping position. A scourge of three thongs was used like leather straps with pieces of metal tied to it to rip the skin while whipping.
- Matthew 27:27-30 “Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus in the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around Him. They stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on His head. They put a staff in His right hand and knelt in front of Him and mocked Him.. ‘Hail, king of the Jews!’ they said. They spit on Him, and took the staff and struck Him on the head again and again. After they had mocked Him, they took off the robe and put His own clothes on Him. Then they led Him away to crucify Him.
- Why do you think they put a scarlet robe on Jesus? Why not purple which was symbolic of kings? They put a red robe on Jesus which was symbolic of sin.
(Matthew 27:34-51 Jesus is nailed to the cross with the words above His head “This is Jesus, The King of the Jews”)
- Jesus was nailed to the cross around 9:00 a.m. on Friday morning at a place called Golgotha which means “The Place of the Skull.”
- Two robbers were on each side of Him and all the way to death Jesus extended love and kindness as He extended salvation to one of the robbers on the cross who expressed his faith in Jesus.
- The crowd continued to yell insults and mock Jesus, and He didn’t lash out.
- Matthew 27:50-51 “And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up His spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split.”
- Jesus died Friday afternoon around 3:00 p.m.
Jesus is Alive
(Matthew 28:1-10 Jesus rises from the dead)
- Two women (Mary and Mary Magdalene) visit the tomb at dawn Sunday morning to find that Jesus is not there.
- Matthew 28:2-6 “There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women. ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here, He has risen, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay.’ ”
- Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection?
- John 20:6-7 “Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus’ head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen.
This is an encouraging passage in John because it points to the return of Jesus coming back for Christians one day. Hebrew tradition with a folded napkin had to do with the master and servant. If the master was done eating he would toss his napkin and be done with his meal, but if he was coming back he would fold his napkin and lay it beside his plate and the servant knew not to clean the table because the master wasn’t finished and he was coming back later.
- Romans 4:25 “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.”
- Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
- Romans 10:9-10 “That if you confess with you mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”
- Revelation 22:12 “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”
Jesus is Coming BACK, but in the mean time, he has given us all a call and a purpose! That purpose is this:
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Our job as believers is to share the GOOD NEWS with others! Sometimes this looks like verbally sharing the Gospel and other times it’s just living out our faith. Whenever we have an opportunity to share Jesus’ story of redemption and unconditional love let’s share it because it literally has the power to change someone’s life forever literally!!!!
Happy Easter friends! He is Risen!