Current Message Series
February 18 – His Last Days: Raising of Lazarus
Scripture: Job 19:23-27; John 11:38-44
The last weeks of Jesus’ life were filled with ministry, teaching, and conspiracy, all of which pointed to the cross and His resurrection. As we travel through Holy Week we acknowledge Maundy Thursday and Good Friday but so much more happened on the way to the cross. Beginning with the resurrection of Lazarus, shortly before the Passover, Jesus begins the journey to Jerusalem and the cross while His enemies lurking in the crowd begin to plot His death.
February 25 – His Last Days: Anointed by Mary
Scripture: Isiah 61:1-3; John 12:1-8
Jesus begins His last days in His safe place, Bethany. Here He could take a breath before He would take His final breath just a short two miles away in Jerusalem. While eating with His friends Mary was so thankful for Jesus that she anointed Him with the very best ointment showing her true devotion. Judas’ resentment, however, boils over and the stage is set for what is to come.
March 4 – His Last Days: Cursing A Fig Tree
Scripture: Habakkuk 3:17-19; Mark 11:12-14; 20-25
Jesus knows that even though He has told His disciples what will happen they still do not understand it. Great faith will be needed by the disciples during the following, days, months, and years. In these last days Jesus takes the opportunity to teach before He goes to His death. Israel has not borne fruit so another tree will bear fruit. Mountains will be moved and the world will change forever.
March 11 – His Last Days: Cleansing of the Temple
Scripture: Ezekiel 34:1-10; Mark 11:15-19
Jesus sees His Father’s house being misused, not for prayer, but as a hideout for robbers who rob people of true religion. We see a different Jesus in the Temple from the Jesus Who at 12 years old visited it with His parents. He is still the astonishing teacher but displays righteous wrath at the evil intent of the religious elite. They in turn fear Him and the plot to kill Him deepens.
March 18 – His Last Days: Judas’ Betrayal Agreement
Scripture: Zechariah 11:12-13; Mark 14:1, 10-11
Judas had enough! Jesus’ anointing was the last straw and so he sought out the chief priests to betray Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. Isn’t that the way it often is? It is our closest friend or relative who sells us out, tells our secret, or betrays us. One of Jesus’ own disciples participates in the plot to kill Him and the wheels of His suffering and death are set in motion. And so Judas becomes the very name of betrayal.
March 25 – His Last Days: Triumphal Entry
Scripture: Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 21:1-11
It had been a long week of teaching and confrontation but now was the time for salvation. As promised, Jesus the King came riding on a donkey to bring peace in an ironic way, through His own death. As with everything about Him from His humble but kingly birth to His ministry and now this pivotal moment God does the unthinkable for us. Humble He rides on a donkey and the words of John ring in our ears, “Behold the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world!”