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Jesus' Passion Week

Jesus’ Week of Passion

Daily Bible Verse

By Charlie Garrett
Compiled by Rory Wilson
Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us,
But to Your name give glory,
Because of Your mercy,
Because of Your truth.  Psalm 115:1

This page comprises the Daily Devotionals sent out over the Passion Week of 2011. I hope what you find will bless you. I want to give my sincere appreciation to Rory Wilson who took the time to compile and edit these for me. God bless you brother!

Monday:  Mark 11:13 – This week we'll take a short break from 2 Peter to honor Jesus' week of Passion.

Tuesday:  Mark 11:28 – Eyes on Jesus and His glorious work!

Wednesday:  Psalm 94:19 – Today's verse takes us back to the Psalms.

Thursday:  John 14:27 – Today we look to the day before the Lord's crucifixion and marvel at the Peace He offers us as we face our own trials. What a Savior! What a Lord!

Friday:  John 19:30 – Today we remember and honor the cross of Jesus.

Saturday:  Hebrews 4:3 – Today we remember the time Jesus spent in the grave. What an amazing thing God had planned...who could have imagined it? Praise His name!

Sunday:  John 20:12 – He is Risen! Jesus is alive! Have a glorious Resurrection Day.

 

Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us,
But to Your name give glory,
Because of Your mercy,
Because of Your truth.  Psalm 115:1


 

And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. Mark 11:13

This was the Monday before His cross. The account says that Jesus left Bethany on His way to Jerusalem and that He was hungry. On His way there, he saw the fig tree and went to see if there were any figs on it. However, “He found nothing but leaves.” The tree was barren of fruit.

One might ask, “If it wasn’t the season for figs, what on earth would He be doing looking for them?” We should learn that just as Jesus spoke parables, He also lived out parables in the places He went and the things He did. This then is a lesson for us to understand, not a lesson that there was something He didn’t understand.

Each of us should be “in season” from the moment God calls us – ready to bear fruit for His purposes. Just as Jesus was heading to Jerusalem where He would find a temple looking showy and appetizing but devoid of faithfulness and lacking any fruit, likewise God’s eyes roam to and fro throughout the world, inspecting each of us to determine if we are fruitful.

When Jesus found no fruit on the tree He cursed it and it withered. In the same way, He found no fruit in the seat of power and religion in Israel – where the temple stood. In the end, they received the promised curses of Deuteronomy 28 and they withered into exile and destruction.

When God looks at each of us, does He find a showy, religious exterior with no true heart for Him, or does He find us bearing fruit for His kingdom? We need to be vigilant in our lives and ensure that what we’re doing isn’t just for others to see and praise, but for God to be satisfied with.

A final thought, God created the fig; He cursed it and it withered; and He as the power to re-nourish it if He so chooses. In the same manner, Israel will again be chosen and granted life. If you’re failing to bear fruit, God can still use you as well. Ask Him to cleanse you and fill you anew with His Holy Spirit. May He be satisfied with your works on the Day of His coming inspection.

Heavenly Father, strip away every pretense and every false demonstration of religion and piety within me. Then Lord, fill me with Your Holy Spirit and guide me into works of true righteousness. Grant me the ability to bear precious fruit for Your kingdom and may You be satisfied with the life I live for You. Amen.


 

 

And they said to Him, “By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority to do these things?” Mark 11:28

This was the Tuesday before His cross. The chief priests, scribes, and elders of Jesus’ time asked Him under what authority He did the things He did. They had watched Him throughout His ministry and knew He had authority from somewhere. They also knew the people were amazed at His teachings and miracles and had desired to make Him the King of Israel.

Just two days earlier the crowds were so frenzied that they had proclaimed the coming kingdom of David and cried out “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD.” The term LORD is the divine name of God – YHWH or “Jehovah.” The crowd believed they had found their Messiah. However, the leaders dismissed this and instead searched for another explanation.

By coming to Him and asking from where and from who He received His authority, they implied that they didn’t believe the claims. Instead, they wanted Him to make the claim on His own so that they would have reason to accuse Him of blasphemy. The question remains to this day for each of us – “What authority does Jesus hold and from where does it come?” This question cannot be dismissed and the answer is of eternal importance.

If you believe Jesus isn’t God, then He must be a created being – only one choice can be correct. If He is a created being, then He certainly is a blasphemer. Unlike the prophets of old who proclaimed, healed, and even raised the dead in the name of the LORD, Jesus did these under His own authority.

Either He is God, or He is a usurper, and God has clearly stated that His glory will not be shared with another. Jesus Christ is the incarnate Word of God; God united with human flesh. No other answer is acceptable; no other answer will lead to salvation. There is one God and He has revealed Himself to us in the pages of Scripture – Father, Son, and Holy Ghost – three Persons in one essence.

Lord God Almighty – I don’t presume to understand the doctrine of the Trinity perfectly, but I understand that the Bible is quite clear in teaching it. Therefore, I accept it by limited reason and wholehearted faith. I praise You my God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.


 

In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul. Psalm 94:19

Today we celebrate Wednesday before His cross. On this day, the gospels are silent on what Christ Jesus did. They aren’t silent about the day though because Mark 14:1 says “After two days it was the Passover...” This is the first timing mentioned since Mark 11:20 which was Tuesday.

Jesus knew what the coming trials entailed and could have departed Jerusalem, but He also knew the fallen state of man and that without the completion of His work, all would stand condemned – from Adam on. No one else would ever be worthy to open the scroll and loose its seven seals.

Did He go to the temple to teach again on this day? If so, He would possibly have heard the encouraging words of the 94th Psalm. This Psalm was sung each Wednesday at the temple. Take time today to read the 94th Psalm and be encouraged over the lessons it imparts to the faithful. As fully God, Jesus authored the Psalm, breathing it out through the psalmist. As fully Man, He could receive its instruction, its comfort, and its power to strengthen Him in His thoughts as He waited for His betrayal, trial, crucifixion, and death.

The mystery of the Messiah is more complex than we can comprehend, but it is revealed in a way that we can accept it, even in our amazement. Jesus Christ, God incarnate, came and faced every trial, temptation, ache, and pain that we did. But in His human form, He prevailed where our first father Adam failed. By faith in Him and His work, we again have peace with God the Father and fellowship through God the Holy Spirit. As you read the 94th Psalm, think on these things and lift your soul up to the Lord!

Shall the throne of iniquity, which devises evil by law, Have fellowship with You? They gather together against the life of the righteous, And condemn innocent blood. 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. Psalm 94:20-23


 

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27

This verse occurs on the evening prior to the crucifixion. Within hours of making the statement in today’s verse, Jesus would arrested, beaten, ridiculed, and marched around Jerusalem as officials decided whose jurisdiction He was under. Eventually, after being up all night through an illegal trial, He would be tried again, scourged and handed over for crucifixion.

The same people who had, only a few short days earlier, hailed Him as their Messiah were stirred up to reject Him and ask for the release of Barabbas – a man the gospels identify as an insurrectionist, murderer, and robber. Despite knowing all of this would occur and the suffering He was about to endure, He offers comforts and peace to His apostles.

Certainly, they had no idea of what was about to ensure, nor did they grasp what they would have to face for His name in the months and years which lay ahead. But once these words were spoken, they were never forgotten by the apostles. John wrote this gospel account many years later, but still remembered the words given on that long and terrible night so many years earlier. “Peace I leave with you…”

The Hebrew word for peace is “Shalom” and isn’t simply meant as a word of temporary calm, but rather is a word for a state of complete rest for the body and soul – soundness, tranquility, calmness, completeness.

As He spoke to them, their questions and statements indicated a sense of trepidation and a lack of understanding of what was occurring then and what was soon to come. But the divine blessing of Peace from the Lord carried them past the confusion of the evening, the sadness of the crucifixion, and the bewilderment of the empty tomb. It gave them boldness to speak out at Pentecost, to continue to preach the message of salvation to distant lands, and to write the letters now included in the pages of the Bible.

And this same offering of peace is available to each of us. Jesus Christ suffered on our behalf; He died so that we could live; and He rose again to substantiate every claim made and the surety of every promise offered. Have peace and let your heart not be troubled. Jesus Christ is fully capable of handling every trial you will ever face.

Lord, in my life it seems like there are constant trials and hardships, but You have promised me peace through the storm. Despite the troubles, my heart is content because of the sure promises You have given. I know that everything I face now is temporary, but Your words are eternal. Because I am confident of this, all is well with my soul. Amen.

So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John 19:30

The four gospels give us four views of Jesus – Matthew presents Jesus as the King; Mark presents Jesus as the Servant; Luke presents Jesus as the Son of Man; and John presents Jesus as the Son of God. There is overlap in all four gospels as to what Jesus did, such as the feeding of the multitudes. At the same time, there are accounts which are unique to each gospel presentation. Above all, one particular occurrence is specifically highlighted in all four books – the crucifixion, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.

Consider this – God is the Creator. Our first father, Adam, willingly rebelled against God. Instead of destroying man, He promised to redeem him and restore fellowship with him. He chose to reveal Himself through a specific line of people and to establish one line through them by which He would send the Messiah to accomplish this redemption. This people group was given the very words of the Creator as breathed out through select prophets. These words tell of the coming One in a specific and yet veiled manner.

Finally, in the fullness of time, God sent His Son, born of a woman and of the Holy Spirit; fully God and fully Man. This is what each of the four gospel accounts presents – Jesus Christ, the God/Man who came and preached peace to the people of the world through an offering of Himself. And so Jesus went to the cross. We can learn the specific intent each writer wanted to share by what aspects of this account they impart to us.

In the case of John, He tells us that the final words of Jesus on the cross were “It is finished.” The enmity between God and man; the penalty for our sin; the debt we owe – all are swept away by the death of our Lord. Jesus, God’s Son, received the wrath we deserve and He died so that we may live. Now, through this act of love we have restoration with our Creator. Take time today to reflect on what occurred on your behalf at the cross. Remember the cross. Cling to the cross. Thank God for the cross.

Heavenly Father, surely Your love is infinite and incomprehensible. I thank You for Your perfect plan of peace, worked out in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus my Lord. May You ever be praised for the glorious work, accomplished on behalf of the fallen sons of Adam! Glory to You in the highest. Amen.


 

For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: “So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest,’” although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. Hebrews 4:3

Today we honor the burial of Jesus Christ. God created the heavens and the earth in six days and on the seventh He rested. Unlike the previous six days, however, there is no record of an “evening and a morning.” In other words, God’s rest is eternal for those who enter it.

The author of the book of Hebrews spends a great deal of time explaining this, but the key to God’s rest is found in nine simple words – “For we who have believed do enter that rest.” Jesus Christ offers the eternal rest which was only pictured in the mandated day of Sabbath held by observant Jews. They worked six days and then rested on the seventh. However, by faith in Jesus’ work alone, we enter God’s rest and our work is complete.

After the suffering of His cross on Friday, He was laid in a tomb just as the Sabbath was approaching. His body lay in rest during that period while the Jewish nation observed its own weekly Sabbath. It was also a special Sabbath, being the first day of the feast of Unleavened Bread – the unleavened bread being a picture of the sinless Christ.

All of these Old Testament symbols point to the work of Jesus on our behalf. He did what we could never do for ourselves, living out the perfection we constantly fail live. His cross is offered as a substitution for the punishment and condemnation we deserve and His grave and separation from His Father is offered as an exchange for the eternal separation we have earned.

Think on these things as you go about your day and understand that everything Jesus Christ came to do was done on your behalf. By faith, and faith alone, we are reconciled to our Creator. It truly is the greatest offer and it can be yours by simply calling on Jesus as Lord. Remember His grave and thank Him for the eternal rest it provides. Hallelujah to the Lamb of God!

Lord Jesus, today I call on You and proclaim Your glory. May I never forget the trial You faced, the pain You endured, the separation from Your Father in the grave… all so that I could be restored to my loving Creator. All glory, honor, and majesty belong to You my Lord! Amen.


 

And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.  John 20:12

The most glorious day in the history of the world! After the dreadful silence of death, the world awoke to the news, “He is risen!” There can be no greater feeling – no greater joy – than knowing that death is conquered and eternal life is available through the precious blood of Jesus.

As Mary stood looking into the tomb, she noticed an angel at both ends of where Christ was laid. This is a key point in understanding the infinite significance of what Jesus had done. The Ark of the Covenant was covered with a Mercy Seat and that was adorned with cherubs at each end of it. This is the spot where God interacted with man for 1500 years.

Once a year on the Day of Atonement, the High Priest would sprinkle blood on the Mercy Seat as a satisfaction for the sins of the people of Israel. This foreshadowed the eternal Mercy Seat, which is Jesus Christ and His precious blood. In Romans 3:25, Paul says “whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood…” The word “propitiation” is the same word used in the Greek translation of the Old Testament for the “Mercy Seat” which covered the Ark. In other words, the Ark itself pictured Jesus.

The blood sprinkled on it was merely a picture of His shed blood. Only through His sacrifice are we able to again fellowship with our Creator. Jesus Christ, fully God and fully Man, is the link between the infinite and the finite. This is why Paul boldly proclaimed, “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,…” 1Timothy 2:5.

If you haven’t accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, your sin remains because there is no point of mediation between you and God. Allow Jesus, the Risen Christ, to be your Mediator today!

Heavenly Father, the fear of death is conquered! I can boldly proclaim that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior and that He rose from the dead for me! All glory and honor, all power and majesty, belong to You O God! Thank you for the wonderful Resurrection morning so long ago and may the name of Jesus ever be praised! Amen
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