Category Archives: The Road to the Resurrection

Locked Doors and Lost Hopes

“And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was
walking ahead of them. And they were amazed, and those who
followed were afraid. And taking the twelve again,
he began to tell them what was to happen to him”   Mark 10:32

 

April 24, 2011 – Week 3

Reference scripture: John 20: 18-29

  1. The resurrection reminds me there is hope when hope seems lost. Look at Mary Magdalene;
    – First one to the empty tomb
    – She’s seeking and clinging to Jesus
    – God chooses to use a shady woman to do His will
    – She is completely forgiven of the past  “God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,“   Colossians 2:13
  2. The resurrection reminds me that Jesus is with me.
    First day of the week (He’s there in the first day)

    – His presence comes to calm our fears (to bring peaceYou will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!”   Isaiah 26: 3– His presence comes to bring us direction
    – His presence comes to bring us power
    – Ultimately His presence comes so that we are not around “No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you. Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Since I live, you will also live. When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.”  John 14: 18-20
  3. The resurrection reminds me when my confidence is shaken, Jesus looks for me.
    The patience of Jesus

    – Calls us by name
  4. The resurrection reminds me that those who believe are blessed.
    Our faith brings blessing (happiness)

    – We will live forever
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What Was In The Cup?

“And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was
walking ahead of them. And they were amazed, and those who
followed were afraid. And taking the twelve again,
he began to tell them what was to happen to him”   Mark 10:32

April 17, 2011 – Week 2

Reference scriptures: Matthew 27: 1-50

God allowed us all to see the great anguish of His Son.

“He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he became anguished and distressedHe told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”   Matthew 26: 37-38

 What was in the bitter cup that Jesus would experience?

1. Betrayal and desertion by the ones He loved
    – Judas betrayed him (Matthew 26: 47)
    – Disciples deserted him (Mark 14: 50)
    – Peter denied him (Luke 22: 60) 

2. Shame and suffering
    – Humiliated
      “And they stripped off His clothes and put a scarlet robe on Him.”
     
Matthew 27: 28

   – Mocked and beaten
     “They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head
      again and again. 
After they had mocked him,…”
     
Matthew 27: 30-31

     “…looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that
      was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame,…”
     
Hebrews 12:2 

    Crowd turned against him
      ‘“What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Pilate asked.
       They all answered, “Crucify him!”  “
Why? What crime has he committed?”
       asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!
      
Matthew 27: 22-23

 3. Sin of all mankind
     – Devastating effects on all of mankind
     – Jesus became sin
       “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way;
        and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
   Isaiah 53: 6

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

     – Separation from the Father

        “From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land.
        
About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema
         sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken
         me?”).
    Matthew 27: 45-46 

4. Jesus would give His life freely for all
        “The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it
         up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.
         I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again.”
       
John 10: 17-18

        “When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he
         suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him
        who judges justly.”  
1 Peter 2: 23

         “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that
          whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal
 life.”
        
John 3: 16


His Triumph, My Victory

“And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was
walking ahead of them. And they were amazed, and those who
followed were afraid. And taking the twelve again,
he began to tell them what was to happen to him”   Mark 10:32

April 10, 2011 – Week 1

Reference scriptures: Mark 10: 32-34 & Mark 11: 1-11

  1. The presence of Jesus
    – Jesus’ determined look (Isaiah 50: 7)
    – His disciples were amazed
    – Fear of losing a child
    – His followers were afraid
     
  2. The prediction of Jesus
    Detailed description to the disciples of Jesus’ death

    – He would be betrayed
    – He would be sentenced by the Sanhedrin
    – He would be handed over to Pilate
    – He will be mocked and spit upon
    – He will be beaten and crucified
    – 3 days and He would rise
      
  3. The prophecy of Jesus
    – Jesus’ request for the colt

    Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”  Zechariah 9: 9 
  4. The people’s expectation of Jesus
    – For the Messiah to come

    – For the Messiah to deliver them
    – The people’s praise and excitement    
  5. The purpose of Jesus
    – To complete his Father’s mission

    – To deliver the people from their sins and to restore their relationship to the Father