Passion Week

The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13 So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” 14 And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written, 15 “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!” 16 His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him.” (John 12:14-18)

Each year in reading through Passion Week in the Gospels (Matt. 21:1-46; Mark 11:1-33; Luke 19:28-48; John 12:12-50), I am reminded of the enormous cost of our redemption. We have been redeemed with precious blood. We have been bought with a price. God made him who knew no sin to be sin for us. The Bible reveals how God allowed His Son to die in our stead; all for our cleansing. His Sacrifice Was Sufficient – Throughout the Old Testament, God required blood atonement on behalf of the people. When Christ took the cross and shed His blood, He made the final sacrifice for sin. Seeing Jesus take the cross in my place reminded me that He willingly did for me, what I could not do for myself.

Satan was Forever Defeated – In the movie, The Passion of the Christ, Satan drifted through the crowds and stood over Jesus in the garden as He prayed. Throughout the Old Testament Satan sought to prevent Christ’s birth. Once Jesus was born, Satan did all in his power to keep Him from the cross. But Calvary proves that Satan lost forever. There is victory in Jesus! The Savior Is The Center Of It All – A few years ago, Israel Houghton wrote a song that speaks to our Lord Jesus Christ as the center of Passion Week.

Jesus At The Center
Jesus at the center of it all
Jesus at the center of it all
From beginning to the end
It will always be, it’s always been
You, Jesus, Jesus

(2x) Jesus, nothing else matters Nothing in this world will do

Jesus, You’re the center
Everything revolves around You
Jesus, You at the center of it all
The center of it all
Jesus, be the center of my life
Jesus, be the center of my life
From beginning to the end
It will always be, it’s always been You,  Jesus
Jesus, nothing else matters
Nothing in this world will do Jesus,
You’re the center Everything revolves around You, Jesus, You

Nothing else matters
Nothing in this world will do Jesus,
You’re the center
Everything revolves around You, Jesus, You

From my heart to the Heavens, Jesus be the center
It’s all about You, yes, it’s all about You
From my heart to the Heavens, Jesus be the center
It’s all about You, yes, it’s all about You

So Jesus, be the center of Your church
Jesus be the center of Your church
And every knee will bow
And every tongue shall confess You Jesus, Jesus
Say His name, Jesus, Jesus

From my heart to the Heavens, Jesus be the center
It’s all about You, yes, it’s all about You

 

Can’t Wait For Next Sunday!

Pastor Derek