It is Finished | John 19

What If It Wasn’t Said? Imagine for a moment that you were standing on that hill watching Jesus die. Imagine if he had not said, “It is finished.” Imagine if he had simply took a drink and then died without saying anything. If he had not said it then there is a big question mark

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Are You The King? | John 18-19

An Offensive Charge The Jewish religious leaders railroaded his trial and brought Jesus to the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, so they could have Jesus executed. Their Charge? “We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Christ, a king.” That charge “he claims to be a

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Jesus Arrested

Is There a Way Out? Before he was arrested, in a darkened garden, Jesus prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” But why? Why couldn’t the cup of suffering have been taken from him? Why did he have to

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Comfort for the Disciples | John 14-15

Jesus Gives Comfort It’s still the Thursday before he is going to be condemned to death and Jesus is still preparing his disciples and offering them comfort. He told his disciples that even though he was leaving them he would send them a special counselor to be with them. He said that soon the world would

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The Last Supper & Humility | John 13

Passover Celebration Jesus and his disciples gathered for the Passover celebration, a celebration which 6:00pm Thursday until 6:00pm Friday. However, the Passover was not the only thing on Jesus’ mind. In less than 24 hours Jesus’ would stand trial and be condemned to death on a cross. His earthly ministry was coming to a close,

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Jesus Enters Jerusalem | Matthew 21

Use of Force and a Curse Jesus heads to Jerusalem to carry out the final days of his ministry and to die. He enters Jerusalem with crowds shouting, “Hosanna!” Which is more so a call to be saved, “Lord, save us!” Though Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem may be striking there are two events in this

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Raising of Lazarus | John 11

Jesus Makes a Promise I wonder as if Mary and Martha were standing if front of their brother’s tomb with tear streaming down their faces if what Jesus had said about their brother Lazarus’ sickness rung in their ears. They had sent word to Jesus was sick and he responded by saying, “This sickness will

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Jesus Teaches How to Pray | Mark 11

God Our Father After the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, Jesus told them how to begin their prayer, “Father.” This simple address frames the rest of the prayer. It’s what sets the tone of the prayer. It established our expectations for the result of our prayer. As we approach God in

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The Good Samaritan | Luke 10

The Law is About Love A man gave a summary of the God’s Law: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” That’s a pretty good summary. The law is primarily about love

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Disciples Sent Out | Mark 10

Jesus’ Joy In the midst of this section’s dust shaking and woes, its easy to miss the deep and unbridled joy which filled Jesus (vv. 21-24). But understanding Jesus joy is key to understanding this section as a greater whole. Why was Jesus’ joy so deep? Is it just because the Holy Spirit prompted him

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