Day #36: The Plot to Kill Jesus

March 31, 2010

 

The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to put Him to death…”

(Luke 22.2)

 

The “Passion Week” recalls the week before Easter consisting of the sufferings and death of Jesus Christ. 

Why “passion?” It comes from the verb pascho (Acts 1:3) where it says Jesus showed “Himself alive after His passion by many infallible proofs.”  There, the word passion means “to suffer,” particularly in reference to Christ’s sufferings and death. 

As we watch the events of this week unfold, we reflect on the plot to kill Jesus (read:  Luke 22:1-6) and remember His passion.

Later, on the day of Pentecost, Peter puts this plot into perspective when he says to the Jews:

 “Though He was delivered up according to God’s determined plan and foreknowledge, you used lawless people to nail Him to a cross and kill Him.”

(Acts 2: 23)

“Father, You used the hands of lawless and sinful man to accomplish Your plan.  As I think of Jesus’ suffering, I know that we should not blame Judas, the Jews or the Roman soldiers for His death. No one took His life but He gave it.  I realize that my sin nailed Him to the cross! I am amazed by Your plan to redeem my sinful soul!’

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Day #35: Olivet Discourse

March 30, 2010

 

As He was going out of the temple complex, one of His disciples said to Him, “Teacher, look! What massive stones! What impressive buildings!”

Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here on another that will not be thrown down!”    (Mark 13:1-2)

Although the disciples didn’t understand, Jesus spent His last days preparing His disciples for the future. 

His words were recorded for us:    Mark 13   Matt 24:23-25:46

“Father, we know You have a perfect plan.  As we look down the road that leads to Calvary’s cross, let the words of Jesus move us to deepen our confidence in Your eternal plan.”


Day # 34: Clearing the Temple

March 29, 2010

  

My house will be called a “house of prayer for all peoples…”

 

There were great emotions during this week of passion. 

  • The people shouted “Hosanna” during His triumphal entry to the city —
  • Jesus wept over the city.  (Luke 19.41) 
  • Then, the Gospel writers record Jesus clearing the temple (with great emotion). 
  • Luke 19:45-46; Matt. 21:12-13; Mark 11:15-16

Jesus was greatly upset by the money changers. Why?  Their actions were not simply selfish entrepreneurial activities. The money changers were dishonoring God by the way they were hindering people — people who were trying to worship.

Worshipers?

Worshipers not recognizing His true purpose — moved Jesus to weep.
Worshipers manipulated by buying and selling — moved Jesus to clear the temple.

“Oh Father, give me a deeper understanding of the true purpose of Messiah Jesus…break my heart.   Give me a longing to remove any thing that would hinder people from worshiping You!”


Passion Week: Palm Sunday- Triumphal Entry

March 28, 2010

   

 

This week we will walk (day by day) through the passion week.  

Today we are reading    and remembering the Triumphal Entry of our Lord.  Matthew 21:1-11

The reaction of the crowd reminds us — lost people do not understand the mission of God.  Do we?

The crowd wanted to crown Him King — for the wrong reasons.   Jesus understood He would first wear a crown of thorns.  Do we understand that the call to follow Jesus is the call to take up our cross?

We are called to die with Him that we might live through Him.

“Lord Jesus, we worship You as King.  Teach us this week as we remember Your road to the cross.” 

 

 

 


Day #32: Praying for ___ to be saved!

March 27, 2010

 

 

“…veiled to those who are perishing.”

(2 Cor 4.3)

 

As this week comes to a close, stop one more time and pray for those you know who are lost.  Read 2 Cor 4 and pray for them by name.  Insert the name of your lost family member, friend, coworker, neighbor, etc. and let the truth of theses verses direct your prayer:

“But if, in fact, our gospel is veiled…”  Father, it is clear that the Gospel is veiled from _____.   It seems that the truth about Christ is hidden from _____ and my heart breaks that _____ does not see the truth about Christ.

“it is veiled to those who are perishing.”   Father, since _____ does not see the truth about Christ, Your word says that ______ is lost.  _______ is perishing in sin and will spend eternity away from You.

Regarding them: the god of this age has blinded the minds…”  Father, Your word says that satan, the evil one, the god of this world has blinded the mind of ________.  So, Father, I pray that You would pull back the veil and open  ________’s  mind and the light of the Gospel would shine through. 

For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness”  Father, You are creator God and You spoke the world into being.  You said, “Let there be light” and there was light.  So, here is my simple prayer.  Speak light into the heart of ______.  Use me, or someone else.  But, let the truth of the Gospel pierce the veil over ______’s  heart and speak light into _______’s darkened heart.

This is my prayer in the name and for the glory of Jesus my Lord.

Amen!


Day # 31: Seeking the Lost

March 26, 2010

 

“the Father seeks….worshipers.

Jn. 4:23

 

“for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers…”  

Father, You are seeking worshipers —  You want to be worshiped —  You deserve to be worshiped. Let my heart beat in sync with Yours. 

“For the the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10)  Lord Jesus, You came to seek the lost.  Your passion, Your mission, Your focus on earth was to seek the lost. 

Forgive me for being self-absorbed and losing sight of Your mission…seeking the lost.  

Give me a heart like Paul’s. Give me a longing for people to be saved.  (Rom 10:1)  

Father, change my heart.  Light a fire in my heart. May my heart’s simple desire be to join in Your mission–seeking the lost.


Day #30: Praying They Will Ask!

March 25, 2010

 

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.  (Col 4.6)

 

“always….gracious…”   Father, let the actions of my life, and the words of my lips, demonstrate the working of Your grace. 

Give me a deep desire to put Your life on display to the people who cross my path.  Let the “outsider” I meet today see something — something that is different and gives evidence of the Life of Christ.

how you ought to answer…  Father, give me insight that moves me to ask questions to show my interest and concern.  Then Father, I pray, move someone to ask me why I care!

“answer each person…”   Father, give me sensitivity to understand the need of the moment.  Give me discernment to know what to say. 

Father, this is the cry of my heart today: open the door, give me the opportunity,  move them to ask! 

 

At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.

 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

(Col. 4:3-6)