It's Saturday! Jesus is dead, He is in a sealed tomb. It is guarded. The Jews have their Sabbath. The followers of Jesus are stunned, fearful, and in hiding. Heaven seems to be silent. The religious leaders are relieved. Jesus is dead. What are the disciples to do. They had lost all hope of a kingdom on earth. Their miracle worker is gone. But God is not finished. His plan is in order, there is another day.
When it seems all hope is lost remember there is another day and tomorrow we shall see that Light.
It's Friday- many things took place on this day in the life of our Lord. Trial after trial. Beatings, mockings, ridicule and finally the walk to the cross.He was so weak He could not carry the cross the whole way. He placed between two criminals.Then they crucified our Lord. To his friends and family the horror of it was perhaps overwhelming. The pain He suffered was beyond description . It was for us He died. It was upon Him the sin of the world. I remember a song," The man in the middle keeps giving His love away." He still does today.
It is Thursday in the Holy Week. And this night, the night to observe Passover we see Jesus instituting the Lord's Supper. Luke 22:14-20
When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table.
And he said to them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God." After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, "Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes." And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me."
In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.
Tonight at our church we will observe the Lord's Supper.
The cross is not a romantic symbol. It is a place of death and disdain. It is the place where our Lord and Savior died on our behalf. The cross where Jesus traded places with us, and took our sins on Him. He, who knew no sin , took the status of a sinner, That's why the cross with all its terrors is also a place of hope and life.
" For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God."1 Corinthians 1:18
In this Holy Week we find Jesus in the Temple, teaching and preaching. It seems like the chief priests and the scribes were coming at Him trying every way to trick Him , so they could accuse Him of any wrong doing. But do you know what, you can't fool Jesus. You can't trick Him. He is God. He is the Truth. In fact, every time they questioned Him, He countered acted with the obvious truth or He told a parable. And then Jesus made this statement:" Beware of the scribes , who go around in long robes, love greeting in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts, who devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation."