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Passover Lamb – Clothes Pin Sheep

 

Jesus Is Our Passover Lamb

John 1:29

“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

1 Corinthians 5:7

“Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch-as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.”

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Children’s Passover Seder – From One Christian’s Perspective

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The Lifesaver – Children’s Booklet

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A Song Of Praise

A SONG OF PRAISE

Memory Verse: Mark 14:26

 

Life Application: I should offer worship to God, even when facing uncertain times.

 

Bible Text:

Matthew 26:30

Mark 14:26

Psalm 113

Psalm 114

Isaiah 26:3

Psalm 115

Proverbs 3:5

Psalm 94:22-23

Psalm 116

Psalm 18:6

Psalm 117

Psalm 100:5

Psalm 118:1-9

Psalm 56:3-4

2 Timothy 4:17-18

Psalm 118:14-18

Exodus 15:2

Isaiah 12:2

Psalm 118:22-24

 

 

The word “hymn” is mentioned very few times in the Bible. Hymn means a song of praise or honor to God, also to praise or to extol (praise highly, commend.) A hymn is addressed directly to God. Psalm 113-118 are known as the hallel. Hallel is the Hebrew word for praise. The word hallelujah comes from the word hallel. Psalm 113-118 were sung as a hymn at every Passover and parts of these Psalms were sung at other Jewish holidays. Jesus would have sung these Psalms at the Passover prior to going to the Mount of Olives on the night of His arrest. Like Jesus, when I am facing difficult situations and uncertain times, I too, should offer worship to God.

Matthew 26:30 NKJV

“And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”

Mark 14:26 NKJV

“And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”

 

Psalms are a collection of songs, prayers and poetry, plus other psalmlike poems.. The Psalms were the “songbook” of the early church. The Psalms express praise to the Lord. Hymns are compositions addressed directly to God. Not about God, but TO God. Spiritual songs are songs about your Christian experience. They are also songs that praise God. As we offer hymns to God we must acknowledge who God is, how we feel about Him, and His authority. When we look at the hallel (Psalm 113-118) we see that the Lord‘s name is above all names, that He is always with us, that He is trustworthy, that He will deliver, that He is worthy of praise, and that He is the Great I Am.

THE LORD’S NAME IS ABOVE ALL NAMES.

Psalm 113 is a praise to God’s for His greatness and His grace.

Psalm 113 NKJV

“Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord,

Praise the name of the Lord! Blessed be the name of the Lord

From this time forth and forevermore! From the rising of the sun to its going down

The Lord’s name is to be praised. The Lord is high above all nations,

His glory above the heavens. Who is like the Lord our God,

Who dwells on high,

Who humbles Himself to behold

The things that are in the heavens and in the earth? He raises the poor out of the dust,

And lifts the needy out of the ash heap,

That He may seat Him with princes- With princes of His people.

He grants the barren woman a home,

Like a joyful mother of children.

Praise the Lord!”

During Biblical times there was a close association between a person’s name and their identity. When you praise (bless) the name of the Lord you set your thoughts upon His character. The Lord is King of all. He has supreme power and authority. He is the God over all. He is not limited to a certain group of people or a certain area. He is supreme over all the earth and over all the heavens. There is no one or nothing that compares to the Lord God. God does not have to draw close to us, He chooses to draw close to man. Desperate people (the poor, needy, lost and sorrowful) have a special place in God’s heart. In the natural realm a good father will stoop down and pick up his child when it is hurting. God is a good Father to each of us. When we are hurting, He stoops down and picks us up. God always hears the cries of His children. The Lord will always respond to injustice and religious persecution of His people. God will avenge His people, in His time.

THE LORD IS WITH US

Psalm 114 is a praise to God’s for His deliverance with miraculous intervention. No matter what we are facing, God is with us. We are not alone.

Psalm 114 NKJV

“When Israel went out of Egypt,

The house of Jacob from a people of strange language,

Judah became His sanctuary,

And Israel His dominion. The sea saw it and fled; Jordan turned back.

The mountains skipped like rams,

The little hills like lambs. What ails you, O sea, that you turned back?

O mountains, that you skipped like rams? O little hills, like lambs?

Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,

At the presence of the God of Jacob,

Who turned the rock into a pool of water,

The flint into a fountain of waters.”

The presence of the Lord is more important than “things”. When God’s presence is with us nothing else matters. Nothing else is more important. God is in the midst of His people no matter where they are or what they are going through. We do not serve a God that is far away or that is sometimes present. He is with us always. He lives with us, and His protection can always be counted on. He is our defense. God can step into every situation and change it. His presence is truly awesome. He is our refuge. We can have peace knowing that God is present with us.

Isaiah 26:3 NKJV

“You will keep him in perfect peace,

Whose mind is stayed on You,

Because he trusts in You.”

Believers have a special relationship with God. The Holy Spirit is living in them and they are God’s dwelling place. We can be at perfect peace, knowing that God is with us, even in the midst of troubles. God delivers His people from bondage and He provides for their needs.

 

THE LORD IS TRUSTWORTHY

Psalm 115

“Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, But to Your name give glory, Because of Your mercy, Because of Your truth.
Why should the Gentiles say, “So where is their God?”
But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases.
Their idols are silver and gold, The work of men’s hands.
They have mouths, but they do not speak; Eyes they have, but they do not see;
They have ears, but they do not hear; Noses they have, but they do not smell;
They have hands, but they do not handle; Feet they have, but they do not walk; Nor do they mutter through their throat.
Those who make them are like them; So is everyone who trusts in them.
O Israel, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield.
O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield.
You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield.
The Lord has been mindful of us; He will bless us; He will bless the house of Israel; He will bless the house of Aaron.
He will bless those who fear the Lord, Both small and great.
May the Lord give you increase more and more, You and your children.
May you be blessed by the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.
The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s; But the earth He has given to the children of men.
The dead do not praise the Lord, Nor any who go down into silence.
But we will bless the Lord From this time forth and forevermore. Praise the Lord!”

Psalm 115 is a prayer to God to vindicate His honor by delivering His people. The Lord is the only true God and the only God deserving of our praise and worship.

Proverbs 3:5 NKJV

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

And lean not on your own understanding.”

The Lord is worthy of out trust and He will always bring salvation and deliverance to people who put their trust in Him. Believers we must place their trust in God alone. God protects and cares for His people. He is our help, refuge and shield.

Psalm 94:22-23

NKJV “But the Lord has been my defense,

And my God the rock of my refuge. He has brought on them their own iniquity,

And shall cut them off in their own wickedness; The Lord our God shall cut them off.”

THE LORD IS OUR DELIVERER

Psalm 116 is a praise to God for prayers answered in the past and for deliverance from imminent danger of death.

Psalm 116 NKJV

“ ‘I love the Lord, because He has heard

My voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live. The pains of death surrounded me,

And the pangs of Sheol laid hold of me; I found trouble and sorrow.

Then I called upon the name of the Lord: O Lord, I implore You, deliver my soul!” Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; Yes, our God is merciful

The Lord preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me.

Return to your rest, O my soul,

For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. For You have delivered my soul from death,

My eyes from tears,

And my feet from falling. I will walk before the Lord

In the land of the living.

I believed, therefore I spoke,

I am greatly afflicted.’ I said in my haste, ‘All men are liars.’

What shall I render to the Lord

For all His benefits toward me? I will take up the cup of salvation,

And call upon the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows to the Lord

Now in the presence of all His people. Precious in the sight of the Lord

Is the death of His saints. O Lord, truly I am Your servant; I am Your servant, the son of Your maidservant; You have loosed my bonds. I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving,

And will call upon the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows to the Lord

Now in the presence of all His people,

In the courts of the Lord’s house,

In the midst of you, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord!”

The Lord hears our cries and our prayers. God always meets the needs of His people. When we are surrounded by the enemy, and overtaken by trouble and sorrow we must remember to cry out to the one who can deliver us.

 

Psalm 18:6 NKJV

“In my distress I called upon the Lord,

And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple,

And my cry came before Him, even to His ears.”

We must determine in our heart to praise the Lord at all times. Praise Him for the times that He has delivered you in the past and for the deliverance that He is providing in your present situation.

Psalm 146:1-2 NKJV

“Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul!

While I live I will praise the Lord; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.”

THE LORD IS PRAISE WORTHY

Psalm 117 is a praise to God for His love and His truth.

Psalm 117 NKJV

“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles! Laud Him, all you people!

For His merciful kindness is great toward us,

And the truth of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!”

We are to “laud” or to speak well of God. Also we are to praise and extol God. As Christians we are to sing a song or hymn of praise to God. Paul knew of God’s great love and merciful kindness toward him. He had experienced firsthand God’s faithfulness to His covenant promises. He knew the truth about God. He knew that God is our loving creator and that He deserves our worship and praise.

Romans 1:18 NKJV

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.”

God’s Word always remains true. If God has told you that He will do something for you, He will. His Word is truth.

 

Psalm 100:5 NKJV “

For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting,

And His truth endures to all generations.”

THE LORD IS THE GREAT I AM

We must recognize the Lord for who He is. He is the Great I Am. Whatever you need, He is it. Whatever you have need of, the answer is found in Him. We must acknowledge that God is our true source. Our help is not found in man, only in our God, our Father. With God Almighty on our side what do we have to fear? Even when we are surrounded with impossible circumstances, we can proclaim with confidence, “the Lord is on my side!”

 

Psalm 118:1-9 NKJV

“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Let Israel now say, ‘His mercy endures forever.’ Let the house of Aaron now say, ‘His mercy endures forever.’ Let those who fear the Lord now say, ‘His mercy endures forever.’ I called on the Lord in distress; The Lord answered m and set me in a broad place. The Lord is on my side;

I will not fear. What can man do to me? The Lord is for me among those who help me; Therefore I shall see my desire on those who hate me. It is better to trust in the Lord

Than to put confidence in man.”

With God on our side what can man do to us? When our trust is in the Lord, we do not have to fear the enemy. When storms are raging all around us and even when we are in the chains of the enemy, we can have an abiding confidence that God is on our side.

 

Psalm 56:3-4 NKJV

“Whenever I am afraid,

I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word),

In God I will put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?”

God is not against us. Even when it might seem like we are alone, God is still with us. The Lord will destroy our enemies. Even when we are completely encircled by our enemies, we can rest in the peace of knowing that our Lord will triumph over our enemies. Our help comes from the Lord. Because of His help we will triumph. No matter how difficult the circumstance, God will empower us and give us strength to triumph over our adversary.

 

2 Timothy 4:17-18 NKJV

“But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and forever. Amen!”

The Lord is our song of strength. He will deliver us and that we may declare the works of the Lord.

 

Psalm 118:14-18 NKJV

“The Lord is my strength and song,

And He has become my salvation. The voice of rejoicing and salvation

Is in the tents of the righteous; The right hand of the Lord does valiantly. The right hand of the Lord is exalted; The right hand of the Lord does valiantly. I shall not die, but live,

And declare the works of the Lord. The Lord has chastened me severely,

But He has not given me over to death.”

Exodus 15:2 NKJV

“The Lord is my strength and song,

And He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will exalt Him. My Father’s God, and I will exalt Him.”

Isaiah 12:2 NKJV

“Behold, God is my salvation,

I will trust and not be afraid; For YAH, the Lord, is my strength and song;

He also has become by salvation.”

The Lord is our chief cornerstone. God can turn rejection into direction. When people refuse to believe you or believe in you, God can turn the situation around. When faced with rejection for Christ’s sake we can still rejoice because we know that God will use it for His glory, if we keep our eyes on Him.

 

Psalm 118:22-24

“The stone which the builders rejected

Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing; It is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.”

Review

1. Hymn means a song of _____________ or _______________ to God.

 

2. A hymn is addressed directly _______ God.

 

3. As we offer hymns to God we must __________________________ who God is, how we feel about Him, and His authority.

 

4. Psalm 113 is a praise to God’s for His _____________________ and His grace.

 

5. During Biblical times there was a close association between a person’s _________________and their identity.

 

6. God is _____________________ over all the earth and over all the heavens.

 

7. Desperate people have a special place in God’s __________________.

 

8. Psalm 114 is a praise to God’s for His deliverance with ______________________ intervention.

 

9. God is in the __________________ of His people no matter where they are or what they are going through.

 

10. What does Isaiah 26:3 say about peace?

 

11 The Lord is trustworthy. What does that mean?

 
12. We should trust God with all our heart and lean not on our own ___________________________.

 

13. What is a refuge?

 

14. Give some examples of when God has delivered you from various situations.

 

15. We must recognize the Lord for who He is. Who is God to you?

 

16. What does confidence mean?

 

17. God can turn rejection into direction. Have there been times that you have been rejected by man?

 

 

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Final Days – Jesus’ Last 48 Days On Earth

FINAL DAYS (2)Memory Verse: Acts 4:11

Life Application: Jesus will come again.

 

Bible Text:

Acts 4:11

John 12:12- 13

Matthew 26:17-25

John 13:2-11

Matthew 26:26-30

Matthew 26:36-46

Matthew 26:47-50

John 5:18

Matthew 26:57-58

Matthew 27:19-24

Matthew 27:27-31

Matthew 27: 50-54

Matthew 28:5-7

Matthew 28:19,20

Acts 1:4-11

 

After Jesus had ministered for 3 years, He had made several enemies among the Jewish leaders. They did not believe that He was the Son of God. They wanted Him killed and plotted how they could do it without turning the people against them. One of Jesus’ disciples, Judas, agreed to point Jesus out to them.

Day 1 – The Triumphal Entry (Palm Sunday)

John 12:12- 13 NKJV

“The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,
took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” The King of Israel!”

On the Sunday, prior to Jesus’ crucifixion on Friday, He rode into Jerusalem riding on a donkey. Today we know this event as Palm Sunday. The priest had just passed by the people with the Passover lamb that was going to be sacrificed on Passover. When the people saw Jesus they began to wave the palm branches that they had and shout “Hosanna!” “Hosanna” means save us now!

The crowds spread their coats on the ground for the donkey with Jesus to walk over. This made the religious leaders very angry. After this Jesus taught in the temple for several days after this event.

Day 5 – Passover

On the Thursday, after arriving on Sunday, Jesus celebrated the Passover with His disciples. Today, many refer to this as the Last Supper. Passover is a feast remembering the exodus from Egypt. Passover also points to Jesus Christ as our Passover lamb. During the meal Jesus told them that one of them would betray Him. Shortly after saying that, Judas left the room and went to the religious leaders.

Matthew 26:17-25 NKJV

“Now on the first day of the Feast of the Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying to Him, “Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?”
And He said, “Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, “My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at your house with My disciples.”’”
So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them; and they prepared the Passover.
When evening had come, He sat down with the twelve.
Now as they were eating, He said, “Assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.”
And they were exceedingly sorrowful, and each of them began to say to Him, “Lord, is it I?”
He answered and said, “He who dipped his hand with Me in the dish will betray Me.
The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.”
Then Judas, who was betraying Him, answered and said, “Rabbi, is it I?” He said to him, “You have said it.”

When the Passover meal was ended Jesus washed the disciples feet.

John 13:2-11 NKJV

“And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him,
Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God,
rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, “Lord, are You washing my feet?” Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.” Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!” Jesus said to him, “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.” For He knew who would betray Him; therefore He said, “You are not all clean.”

Day 5 – Communion

Matthew 26:26-30 NKJV

“And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you.
For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.” And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”

During the meal, Jesus gave us the Lord’s Supper (communion). Communion is a very intimate time between a person and Jesus. It is a time to remember what Jesus has provided for us, a time to look toward His future return, and a time to commit to preparing to be His bride.

 

Day 5 – Garden of Gethsemane

Matthew 26:36-46 NKJV

“Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.”
And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed.
Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”
He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour?
Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.”
And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy.
So He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
Then He came to His disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.
Rise, let us be going. See, My betrayer is at hand.”

Late Thursday night, after Jesus and His remaining 11 disciples finished the Passover meal and the institution of communion, they sang a hymn then went to the Garden of Gethsemane. In the Garden Jesus spent the night in prayer.

Jesus knew that He was about to be crucified. He was praying for God to give Him the strength to fulfill what He had came to do. Jesus was also praying for us and for God’s will to be done.

 

Day 6 – Jesus’ Arrest & Trial

Matthew 26:47-50 NKJV

“And while He was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, with a great multitude with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and elders of the people.
Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him.”
Immediately he went up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed Him.
But Jesus said to him, “Friend, why have you come?” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him.”

In the pre-dawn hours of Friday morning, while Jesus was in the Garden, Judas lead a group of soldiers to Jesus and the disciples. Judas knew that he would find Jesus there. Judas went up to Jesus and kissed Him – Judas had told the religious leaders that the one he kissed would be Jesus.

John 5:18 NKJV

“Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.”

The soldiers arrested Jesus and He was charged with blasphemy. First Jesus was taken to Annas, then He was led to the high priest Caiaphas, and the Sanhedrin. They wanted Jesus killed, but according to their “religious laws” they could not do it personally, so they sent Jesus to Pontius Pilate. Caiaphas, and the Sanhedrin arranged for false witnesses to testify against Jesus, hoping that Pontius Pilate would have Jesus crucified.

Matthew 26:57-58 NKJV

“And those who had laid hold of Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled. But Peter followed Him at a distance to the high priest’s courtyard. And he went in and sat with the servants to see the end.”

Pontius Pilate questioned Jesus then had Jesus sent to Herod. Herod and his men mocked Jesus then sent Him back to Pontius Pilate.

Matthew 27:19-24 NKJV

“While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent to him, saying, “Have nothing to do with that just Man, for I have suffered many things today in a dream because of Him.”
But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitudes that they should ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus.
The governor answered and said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” They said, “Barabbas!”
Pilate said to them, “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said to him, “Let Him be crucified!”
Then the governor said, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they cried out all the more, saying, “Let Him be crucified!”
When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but rather that a tumult was rising, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this just Person. You see to it.”

Pontius Pilate questioned Jesus again and found no fault in Him. He wanted to have Jesus whipped then released. The religious leaders and the crowd began to cry out, “Crucify Him!”. In the end, Pontius Pilate sentencing Jesus to death.

 

Day 6 – Jesus’ Crucifixion, Death & Burial

Matthew 27:27-31 NKJV

“Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole garrison around Him.
And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head. And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified.”

God knew that sin had to be punished and that someone who had never sinned would needed to take the punishment. Jesus Christ was the only person that never sinned, therefore He was the only person that would be acceptable as a sacrifice. Jesus made a way to God by dying on the cross for our sins.

The Roman soldiers publicly whipped Jesus and then hung Him on a cross at 3:00 pm, at the same time that the Passover lamb was being sacrificed. Jesus was crucified at a place called Golgotha, also known as the “Skull.”

Crucifixion was a humiliating and agonizing form of death. Jesus chose to suffer the whipping, the bruising, and the pain of the cross because He knew it was the only way a sacrifice could be made for the sins of the world.

As Jesus hung on the cross He could have called angels to rescue Him, but He chose not to. He was obedient to the Father even to the point of death.

Matthew 27: 50-54 NKJV

“And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.
Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised;
and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.
So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!”

Jesus was taken down from the cross prior to 6:00 pm and buried in a garden tomb that was secured with an official Roman seal and guard.

 

Day 8 – The Empty Tomb / Jesus’ Resurrection

On the first day of the week (early Sunday morning) some of Jesus’ friends, Mary Magdalene and another Mary, went to finish anointing Jesus’ body. In the garden they met an angel who told them that Jesus was not there. The angel told them to, “Come and see the place where He lay, then go quickly and tell the disciples.”

Jesus has risen from the dead and He was no longer in the tomb.

Matthew 28:5-7 NKJV

“But the angel answered and said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.’ ”

 

Day 8 – Jesus Goes Into Hades and to Heaven

After Jesus’ resurrection He went to Hades to preach to the people that had died and to take the keys to Death and Hell from Satan. When Jesus left Hades with the keys to Death and Hell, He led those that had been captive free. Then Jesus went to the temple in heaven and presented His own blood as a sacrifice for all the sins of every person.

 

Day 8 – Day 48

After Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, He stayed on earth for 40 days, appearing to many different people, then He ascended into heaven. During this time Jesus told His followers that He would send them a Helper, the Holy Spirit, after He left. Prior to His ascension, Jesus also told His followers to go into all the world and make disciples.

Matthew 28:19,20 NIV

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”

Day 48 – Jesus Returns To Heaven

Jesus gave the disciples the command to go into all the world and make disciples. We call this commandment “The Great Commission.”

Acts 1:4-11 NKJV

“And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”

After Jesus gave the command, He told them that they would receive power to be His witnesses. As soon as He spoke that He began to float up into heaven. Those standing there watch Jesus go out of sight. Then two angels appeared to them and told them that Jesus would return to earth the same way He left.

Review

1. The Jewish leaders did not believe that _______________ was the Son of God.

 

2. The Jewish leaders wanted Jesus killed, but in a way that would not ____________ the people against them.

 

3. Who agreed to point Jesus out to the Jewish leaders?

 

4. On the Sunday prior to His crucifixion, Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a ________________.

 

5. What is Palm Sunday?

 

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6. When the people saw Jesus they began to wave the ______________ ____________________that they had and shout “Hosanna!”

 

7. What does hosanna mean?

8. The crowds spread their coats on the ground for the donkey with Jesus to walk over. How did this effect the Jewish leaders?

 

9. Jesus celebrated the Passover with His _____________________.

 

10. We refer to Jesus’ last Passover meal as the ____________ _______________.

 

11. What does the Passover feast remember?

 

12. To believers, Passover points to Jesus Christ as our ____________________ ______________.

 

13. During the meal Jesus told them that one of them would betray Him. What does betray mean?

 

14. When the Passover meal was ended Jesus ________________ the disciples feet.

 

15. During the meal Jesus gave us the Lord’s Supper. What is the Lord’s Supper?

 

16. Communion is …

* a very __________________ time between a person and Jesus.

* a time to ______________________ what Jesus has provided for us.

* a time to look toward Jesus’ ________________ return.

* a time to commit to preparing to be Jesus’ ______________.

 

17. Where did Jesus and His disciples go after the Passover meal?

 

18. In the garden Jesus spent the night in ____________________.

 

19. Jesus prayed…

* for the strength to _________________ what He had came to do.

* for us

* for God’s ___________ to be done.

 

20. Judas lead a group of __________________ to Jesus and the disciples.

 

21. The soldiers arrested Jesus and He was charged with blasphemy. What is blasphemy?

 

22. Why did the Jewish leaders take Jesus to Pontius Pilate?

 

23.Caiaphas, and the Sanhedrin arranged for _____________ ___________________ to testify against Jesus.

 

24. Pontius Pilate questioned Jesus then had Jesus sent to Herod. What did Herod and his men do?

 

25. Jesus Christ was the only person that never ________________.

 

26. Jesus made a __________ to God by dying on the cross for our sins.

 

27. What time was Jesus hung?

 

28. What else was going on at this time?

 

29. What was Golgotha also known as?

 

30. As Jesus hung on the cross He could have called angels to rescue Him. Why didn‘t He?

 

31. Jesus was taken down from the cross prior to _______________ and buried in a garden tomb that was secured with an official Roman seal and guard.

 

32. Early Sunday morning some of Jesus’ friends went to finish anointing His body.

Who did they meet?

 

What were they told?

 

33. After Jesus’ resurrection …

* He went to Hades to preach to the people that had died and to take the ___________ to Death and Hell from Satan.

* He led those that had been _______________ free.

* He went to the temple in heaven and presented His own ________________ as a sacrifice for all the sins of every person.

* He stayed on earth for ________________ days, appearing to many different people.

 

34.Jesus told His followers that He would send them a Helper, the _____________ _______________, after He left.

 

35. Jesus also told His followers to go into all the world and make disciples. We call this commandment what?

 

36. Jesus will ___________________ to earth the same way He left.

 

 

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Search For Leaven – One Christian’s Perspective

search for leaven 

     The week before Passover, the people cleaned their houses and all leaven (yeast, baking soda, baking powder…) was removed. When we see the word leaven in the Bible it refers to sin. The night before Passover the family would conduct a search for leaven. This was their way of teaching the children to examine their lives.

All the lights would be turned off and they would search for leaven in the house by candlelight. They used a candle, a feather, a paper bag, and a wooden spoon. If leaven was found they used the feather to brush it onto the wooden spoon and the wooden spoon was then placed in a paper bag and tied shut. The next day all the people would take their paper bags and place them in a pile, then they were all burnt.

* The candle represents the Bible.

* The feather represents the Holy Spirit.

* The paper bag represents the tomb.

* The wooden spoon represents the cross.

* The fire represents Hell (and the lake of fire)

* The leaven represents sin.

Today we don’t have to go through our houses and remove all the yeast, baking soda and baking powder, but we must examine our homes and our lives and remove all sin. If people were found with leaven in their homes during this time, they were considered unclean and they would be cut off from the rest of the people.

* The Word of God will shine light into our lives. It will reveal sin.

* The Holy Spirit draws us to Jesus and He convicts us of sin and bad habits.

* All our sins were placed upon Jesus and He was nailed to a cross.

* Jesus was placed in a tomb, however the tomb could not hold Him..

* One day all sin will be cast into the Lake of Fire.

God desires for us to go through our homes and lives, with the Holy Spirit, and remove (forsake) all sin. Just like the whole house had to be searched and cleaned, our whole house must be also. Each believer needs to go through their home (and life) with the Holy Spirit and use the Light of the World (the Word of God) to guide them. Everything that causes the Holy Spirit to grieve must be removed or we will be cut off from the glory of God, the manifest presence of God.

Just like Esther, we will stand before the King and what we hear will be based on:

 Have you clothed yourself with the righteousness of Jesus Christ, and have you prepared  yourself to come into His presence?

 Have you removed (forsaken) the sin from your life?

     When we bow before the King of Kings will you hear, “ Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter in” or will you hear “Depart from Me. I never knew you.” ?  Will you be allowed to stay in the presence of the King or will you be cut off from His presence?

The morning after the search for leaven, the bags with the leaven are thrown into the fire. One day all sin will be thrown into the lake of fire, along with every person that has allowed sin to remain in their heart and life. Jesus gave Himself on the cross so that we could be forgiven, and the Holy Spirit has been given to us to convict us of sin and unrighteousness. However, it is up to us to accept the gift of salvation and to act upon what the Holy Spirit tells us. If we willing allow sin to remain in our life, we have not forsaken our sins and we remain in our sin.

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