We hope you will take the time to reflect on these passages throughout this Holy Week. Read the excerpt from each passage and then read and reflect upon the entire passage.
Palm Sunday, Mark 11: 1-11
Mark 11:9-11 Then those who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Blessed is the kingdom of our father David That comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”
Mark 11:11 And Jesus went into Jerusalem and into the temple….
Monday, Mark 11:12-19
Mark 11:15-17 So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And He would not allow anyone to carry wares through the temple. Then He taught, saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it a ‘den of thieves.'”
Tuesday, Mark 11: 20-Mark 13:37
Mark 12:29-31 Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one. ‘And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. “And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Wednesday, Mark 14:1-11
Mark 14:10-11 Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Him to them. And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. So he sought how he might conveniently betray Him.
Thursday, Mark 14:12-51
Mark 14:22-24 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” Then He took the cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And He said to them, “This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many.
Mark 14:34, 41-426 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch.” Then He came the third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? It is enough! The hour has come; behold, the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. “Rise, let us be going. See, My betrayer is at hand.” And immediately, while He was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, with a great multitude with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. Now His betrayer had given them a signal, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him and lead Him away safely.” As soon as He had come, immediately he went up to Him and said to Him, “Rabbi, Rabbi!” and kissed Him. Then they laid their hands on Him and took Him.
Friday, Mark 14:53-15:47
Mark 15:25-26 Now it was the third hour, and they crucified Him. And the inscription of His accusation was written above: THE KING OF THE JEWS.
Mark 15:33, 37 And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.
Saturday, A time of darkness for the disciples.
Jesus was crucified and buried. He was no longer with them. Consider the grief and loneliness they must have felt. Consider the death to self that we experience when Jesus saves us. And, remember the gift He gives us when He raises us and makes us a new creation. Read the excerpt below from 1 Peter 4 and the read the entire passage 1 Peter 4:1-16
1 Peter 4:1-2, 8 Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”
Sunday, Mark 16:1-20
Mark 16:2, 5-7 Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. “But go, tell His disciples; and Peter; that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.”
The angel told the women, “He is not here; for He is risen…” (Matthew 28:6, Mark 16:6, Luke 24:6.
Jesus lives—and because He lives we can live.
Jesus loves—and because He loves we can love.
Jesus forgives—and because He forgives, we can forgive.
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!
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