I borrowed the headline from a wonderful Easter play or Cantata I saw several years ago. It was fantastic. There was so much love and devoted faithfulness by everyone who participated, it was so encouraging.
If you would read Matthew 23-25, you will read of the last sermons Jesus preached.
So much happened the last week of Jesus life on Earth, I can share a little of it, but you should read it in its entirety.
Matthew’s account is found in chapters 21 through 28. We read a great multitude spread their garments some laid branches. I love 21:9: “And the multitude that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.”
We call it Palm Sunday. Would we be among those honoring Christ?
About three days later Judas made the contract to have Jesus arrested. Matthew 26:14-15, Judas asked the chief priests, what will you give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for 30 pieces of silver.
On Thursday and Friday of that week, the Passover was eaten, Jesus washed the disciples feet and instituted the Lords Supper.
He suffered the grief at Gethsemane, was arrested and then deserted by his disciples. Pilate and Herod couldn’t decide who should try him. He was crucified, he was buried and the tomb sealed.
But thank God that wasn’t the end — that was the beginning.
Mark 16 1-8 gives the account of Mary Magdelene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, coming to the tomb to anoint him with sweet spices, not realizing yet in their minds, what He had prophesied. They found the tomb empty, in the sepulcher a young man was sitting on the right side, they were afraid. Verse 6: “He sayeth unto them, Be not affrighted: ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen: he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.”
They were seeking to prepare a dead body, but they found out He was alive – In Revelations 1:18, Christ made a statement to the churches that was true when he arose, was true all through theages, and is true today. “ I am He that liveth, and was dead: and behold I am alive for evermore, amen: and have the Keys of hell and of death.” “He is alive for evermore!”
Jesus suffered and died and felt the pain of man. For three years on earth he was our Supreme example. He is alive in the Scriptures and he can be alive in our hearts every day. It is left up to us, he did all he could do to purchase our salvation. How can we deny Him?
Some don’t like to speak of the blood Jesus shed for our sins, the beloved hymn is so true.
“Nothing But the Blood,”
“What can was away my sins? What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. O precious is thy flow that makes me white as snow, no other fount I know- Nothing but the blood of Jesus.”
There is another song that is so true.
“Up from the grave He arose! With a mighty triumph mighty over his foe. He arose a Victor from the dark domain, and He lives forever with his saints to reign He Arose! He Arose! Hallelujah! Christ Arose!”
So much took place in the week that changed the world read it all for yourself, it is so encouraging- something else that should be encouraging to Christians is celebrating the reason for Easter Sunday.