Updated: Apr 12
These are the notes for our Enrich Life Sunday Gathering on Sunday April 10th. We meet at Stone's Throw Coffee Collective at 6:45pm Every Sunday Evening. Pastor Jordan is teaching.
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The Beginning of Holy Week
John 12 - 19
Instead of starting with our main scripture we will highlight the beginning of Holy Week and why this is so important to the faith of anyone who believes in Jesus Christ.
Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem was prophesied in Zechariah 9:9
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, humble and mounted on a donkey, even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
Now let us read John 12:1-19
This is a clear direction that Jesus entering the city of Jerusalem on a donkey is the fulfillment of this Old Testament prophecy. This proves that Jesus was God’s plan from the beginning of Creation. Humanity’s sin, their rebellion and God allowing human participation in His overall plan proves that God truly does love His Creation.
Holy Week Break Down,
John 12:12-19 : Jesus Enters Jerusalem
John 12:20-25 : Greeks seek after Jesus and Jesus accepts them
John 12:27-50 : Jesus foretells His death on the cross
John 13:1-38 : Jesus washes the disciple’s feet during Passover, even the one who will betray Him, Jesus predicts His betrayal.
John 14: The disciples are scared for when Jesus leaves them. Jesus proclaims the promise of the Holy Spirit working after He is in Heaven AND He tells them that He, The Person of the Spirit are One with the Father (three persons; one substance)
John 15 +16:1-4: Jesus tells his disciples to abide in Him; (vs. 18 onward) talks about picking up their cross as Jesus is about to pick up His cross. Do as I do (similar to John 13:15). Jesus’ followers must do what Jesus has done. Jesus warns the disciples of the high priest coming after them once Jesus has been killed.
Now let us Read John 19:16-30
The major tension of Holy Week is how Jesus entered triumphantly yet the week would soon turn to the crowd, the high priest and the popular opinion going against Jesus Christ. Jesus knew this yet He still willingly went to the cross. But why?
A perfect God created the world; sinful humanity disobeyed his rule, yet God knew this choice would be made He had a plan to save humanity from their own depravity and sin. Sin deserves wrath and God will judge sin with wrath. However, there is an option, repent of our sin, and turn directly to Christ on daily basis—this is how we are saved. When this happens Jesus will forgive us of our sins, He has the power to do this because of the perfect atonement that He performed on the cross. The perfect lamb was anointed, prepared, and died so that humanity no longer needs to operate in old covenant rather they can be saved by Christ and Christ alone. All we need to do is repent and have faith in Jesus Christ.
Holy week is a reminder that God is perfect. God is Holy, absolutely separate from humanity yet He has allowed humanity to become reconciled to Him because He loves His creation. This is called Grace. An unexpected gift in which is undeserving.
Jesus’ death happened because of humanities’ unwillingness to believe in Him as God but God still saves humanity through these heinous, unjust actions (which resulted in a Man’s death). This proves that God does judge sin with wrath but He showed His own Son wrath in place so that humanity could be saved by this perfect God. This is grace. Turn to Christ, let Him refine you and forgive your sin, be forgiven of your sin, and allow God to be glorified in your life.