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As we turn our thoughts towards the cross in these final 30 days before Resurrection Sunday (Easter), I invite you to check out some of our posts from years past.  Just click on the links below.

May God prepare your heart to celebrate the incredible truth of the passion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Finding Easter

When All Appears Lost – Easter

Easter – What are We Really Celebrating

To Save a Thief

Why Crucifixion

Waiting in the wake of the cross


Easter Part 2 – Who is Jesus?

Easter Part 3

Final Week of Jesus ministry – Vocabulary


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Do you ever struggle with waiting? Maybe God has promised you something–something amazing, and yet it does not happen as swiftly as you expected. Instead, God calls you to wait.

The Bible teaches this waiting. Psalm 27:14 exhorts us to “wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the LORD!” Psalm 62:5 adds a prayer of the psalmist, “my soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.”

But the waiting is hard. This passion weekend, I was reminded of the disciples waiting–they didn’t seem to believe that Jesus would rise from the dead from what we read in the gospels. They were, however, waiting–huddled together in the upper room, trying to make sense of the chaos and horror they witnessed–their teacher and beloved friend was tried, convicted and sentenced to death on the cross. They watched from afar off as He hung on the brutal torture rack of the Roman cross–dying a slow death of suffocation.

They had believed He was the Messiah–the one who would save them from the Roman oppression, and there He hung–a victim of that very oppression–innocen. What a horror it must have been for them! Their circumstances were over-whelming the promises they had been given. They couldn’t even hold them in focus. Fear ruled their hearts.

So it might be for you. God made a promise, but He is asking you to wait. The circumstances keep getting darker. But still He says, “wait.”

Fear not, Sunday’s coming and He will burst forth in glorious light from the darkness of the tomb–having conquered death and all that oppresses you. He is a risen Savior! He lives!

Wait a little longer . . .

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It is sometimes said that Resurrection Sunday (Easter) is the most important of all Christian holidays. Why might that be the case?

The celebration of the resurrection of Jesus is really a celebration of the events of several days, namely the last supper, the arrest of Jesus, the trials (3) of Jesus, the torture and crucifixion of Jesus, His death, His burial and finally and most gloriously, His resurrection from the death.

Before we consider the arrest, trial, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus, let us consider some of the vocabulary central to the discussion of Jesus’ death.

Look up the following words in a Bible dictionary or regular dictionary (or on http://www.dictionary.com) and record the meanin. After you record the dictionary definition, look up the key scriptures using the term to see what, if anything, new you learn.

1. Atonement
 Dictionary definition:

 Leviticus 17:11

2. Redemption
 Dictionary definition:

 Psalm 49:8, 15

 Lamentations 3:58

 Galatians 3:13

 Titus 2:14

 Hebrews 9:12

 Revelation 5:9

3. Sin
 Dictionary definition:

 Psalm 32:1

 John 1:29

 John 8:34

 Romans 3:20

 James 1:15

 1 John 1:8

4. Propitiation
 Dictionary definition:

 Romans 3:25

 1 John 2:2

5. Holy
 Dictionary definition:

 Romans 7:12

6. Sacrifice
 Dictionary definition:

 Hebrews 10:4-10

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Maybe you wonder why it was necessary that Jesus come and die for the sins of the world. Why would the world need such a strange thing as a man tortured, beaten and hung on a cross to die?

As a starting point, consider the law of God as He gave it to Moses in Exodus 20 (the Ten Commandments).

1. Have no Gods before Me (not even in your heart)
2. Make for yourself no idols
3. Do not take the name of the LORD in vain
4. Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy
5. Honor your father and mother
6. Do not murder (not even in your heart)
7. Do not commit adultery (not even in your heart)
8. Do not steal
9. Do not bear false witness (lie)
10. Do not covet

How do you measure up? If 10 is too many, consider what Jesus later told his disciples, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40

Whether you take the 10 or the 2, the bottom line is that God has a standard of holiness. That standard is given in His law. Keep it, and maintain fellowship with God; violate it in any point, and be forever separated from God by your sin.

This standard of holiness is not just for the Jew. “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23. There’s none righteous. Not one. Romans 3:11-18.

It doesn’t end there. “It is appointed for men to die once, but after this, the judgment.” Hebrews 9:24. The payment or wages that a man receives for his sin is death. Romans 6:23

But God, in His mercy, has provided a sacrifice, an offering that would satisfy the requirement of the law. That sacrifice was His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.

“God demonstrates His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

1 John 2:2 He Himself is the propitiation (atoning sacrifice) for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

“I am justified (made just as if I’d never sinned) through His (God’s) grace. Romans 3:24

“Having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:1

I had a great need. I have a great God. He gave me a great gift in the life, death and resurrection of His Son Jesus.

Hallelujah! What a Savior!


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Baby Jesus, small and soft
born that star-filled night
for ages prophets had foretold
Light to pierce the night

Your heavenly home You left behind
put eternal things aside
to enter human time and space
and temporarily abide.

why would You,
Almighty King
Lord of all the Lords
come down to earth to be with us
so far below Your throne

the cross it is the centerpiece
instrument of pain
see where blood was flowing down
the lamb on it was slain

the living, it was needful
without blemish You were found
yet dying was the pinnacle
my sins they stained the ground

in dying You gave your life for me
propitiatory substitute
in rising You opened eternity
rendered the accuser mute

a baby born to humble means
lain in a manger bare
is only part the story told
look further if you dare

the only true and living God
the one they call “I AM”
He kept His promise in the child
He sent His Son, the Lamb

Copyright M.E. Mullin Bush


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Read Mark 14:55-65
1. What were the Chief Priest and the counsel seeking with regard to Jesus?

2. What was the problem with the false witnesses who spoke against Jesus?

3. What do you learn from Deuteronomy 19:15 about the number of witnesses required under Mosaic law?

4. In Mark 14:60, the High Priest asked Jesus a question, record the question and Jesus’ response.

5. What was the question the High Priest asked Jesus in Mark 14:61? What was Jesus’ response?

6. What is the significance of Jesus’ reply? How did this help His accusers? How does this relate to Exodus 3:14?

7. What was the High Priest’s reaction to Jesus’ statement? Why did he react that way? What punishment did they want for Jesus? Why did they have to go to the Romans for that?

Read John 18:28-40; 19:1-16; Mark 15:1-22;
8. When Pilate asks the Jewish leaders what Jesus is accused of, how do they answer? What do you observe about that answer?

9. How does Jesus describe His kingdom?

10. In Mark 15:2, Pilate (Roman Ruler over Judea) questions Jesus as to who He is. Who does Jesus admit He is?

11. Pilate sees the motives of the Chief Priests in turning over Jesus to him. What is it? (Hint Mark 15:10)

12. What is Pilate’s verdict regarding Jesus in John 18:38?

13. Who do the people call for in John 18:40? What additional information do you learn about this “Barabbas” from Luke 23:16-25?

14. Describe the suffering of Jesus outlined in John 19:1-3 and Matthew 27:27-31.

Jesus trial

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With the upcoming celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus, let’s review the Jewish feast of Passover – a significant event in the final hours of Jesus’ life.

Read Exodus Chapter 12:1-29; See also Deuteronomy 16:1-8
1. Let’s review what we can know from the Bible about Passover.
a. What day should the lamb be taken?

b. Describe the lamb to be taken.

c. How long do you keep the lamb?

d. What happens to the lamb at twilight?

e. What do you do with the lamb’s blood? Why?

f. How should you cook the lamb?

g. What do you do with any leftovers?

Read Matt. 26:17-30
Note: The scenes described in these scriptures are of the Last Supper (as it is known by the Church) which was a Passover meal (a Seder) which Jesus (a Jew) celebrated with his disciples (all Jews) the night He was arrested. The Seder was very ritualized. Passover was to begin at sundown which in March or April would be at approximately 6 p.m. The meal had to be eaten within the walls of Jerusalem. For that reason, at the time of Passover, pilgrims from all over Israel would crowd into Jerusalem, and its population would swell. Passover was a very intimate meal to be shared with family and close friends. Here Jesus is with his very closest friends and disciples.

2. What do you observe? What is your impression? Why are we given this part of the story?

Read Luke 22:7-23
3. According to Luke 22:15-16, what does Jesus say about this Passover?

4. In Luke 22:19, how did Jesus describe the bread?

5. In Luke 22:20, what did Jesus say about the cup?



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