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INTRODUCTION:

Passion (Greek) = Suffering

We want to walk with Him for the next five days. What would you do if you had five days left in your life? There is one question to ask upon entering this Passion
week: “What really matters in the life of a Christian?” This question will be answered as we examine what we hypothetically would do if we only had five days to
live…it really tells what we really value, what is really important to us. Moreover as we examine what Jesus did in his last five days, we will see what mattered to
Him. And as we compare, we can see how close or how far we are from being like Jesus. Examine his last actions, last words…we will be able to see if we as
Christians really know what matters. If you don‟t already do so, you may consider journaling throughout this week as you follow Jesus.

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Palm Sunday
Worship the King (Luke 19:29-40)

 The Crowd
People came to worship Jesus and it was a tremendous time for them because they envisioned him to free them from oppression. All of their waiting for a
political savior came to an end and they gave incredible worship: but the problem was that they romanticized worship, rather than costly worship. They
envisioned a god who would fulfill their expectations rather than the true God of Revelation. Some of the same people who cried praises of “Hosanna” would
shout “Crucify him!” five days later. People expected a Messiah that would provide an easy life. The truth was that Jesus didn‟t come to tell them that their life
would be easy but difficult-to deny oneself, take up the cross and follow Jesus. In Scripture, when we want to follow Jesus, it means going through the cross.
When Christian life is easy, there is no power, no change.

 The People who Gave the Colt
“The Lord needs it.” This phrase implies the unquestionable authority of a king. Giving a donkey to Jesus was an act that was so small of a possession yet such
a costly gift.

Questions to ask myself:
   1. If you knew that you only had five days left to live, what would you do with your time left?

    2. Read the passage. People worshipped as the King made His triumphal entry. You can feel something is not right about this worship. What was wrong
       with their worship? (Think about the events surrounding this time.

    3. Describe the picture of Jesus this text portrays. What can you learn about Him so that we may learn to follow Him.

    4. Read the following verses. What do they teach us about worship?
          a. Psalm 95:6
          b. Psalm 100:2
          c. John 4:24
          d. Romans 12:1

    5. Think again about this past week. What will your response be to what God has been doing?

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Monday
Follow Me (Matthew 21: 12-17)

   Setting: The temple in Jerusalem
The requirement for the animals to be given as sacrifice was that they were to have no blemish. Therefore, since they always seemed to find blemished,
deceitful people enticed the worshippers by selling the animals in the temple (robbers of money and purity) showed the holy anger of God.

Questions to ask myself:
   1. Why did Jesus upturn tables? What does this incident speak about Jesus?
   2. Do I know the God of revelation, of Scripture, and TRUTH? Do I know the God of Holiness, who hates sin?
   3. How is my prayer life? “My house will be called a house of prayer.”
   4. Am I pure before God? Does even the “smallest” sin bother me? A beautiful God requires beautiful people.

There is no longer a need for sacrificial system. The perfect, unblemished lamb has come.

(Matthew 21: 18-22)

     “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered”
There is judgment for fruitless people who fail to live out what was intended for them. God desires fruit. We live to transfer what we receive. We need to
transfer blessings to others. Faith: in prayer- “If you are connected to God in a prayer of faith, you will bear fruit.”

Questions to ask myself:
   1. Do I bear fruit in my life? Two signs of fruit :
            a. Christ-likeness (Growth in spiritual life)
            b. Disciples (Am I influencing people to more like Jesus?

    2. Do I exhibit faith? Do I really believe I can move mountains?

    3. Are there answered prayers in my life?

Tuesday
Served by the Best (John 13:1-17)

Questions to ask myself:
   1. Describe a time when you received help from another person. How did it make you feel?
   2. Read the passage. Can you identify with Peter‟s response? How so and why?
   3. What does this incident tell us about Jesus?

Reflect:
     How have I been served by Jesus?
     When and how have I been able to respond to His request that we serve others?
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Wednesday-No Recorded Account

Thursday
Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-46; Luke 22: 39-46)

Reflect:
Write down as many insights as you can find concerning the following two passages. Dig deep into the Word and try not to give up so easily. Compare what the
two authors have included in the text.

Matthew 26:36-46
36Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, "Sit here while I go over there and pray." 37He took Peter and the two
sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38Then he said to them, "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.
Stay here and keep watch with me." 39Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken
from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will." 40Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. "Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?"
he asked Peter. 41"Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak." 42He went away a second time and
prayed, "My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done." 43When he came back, he again found them
sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing. 45Then he returned to
the disciples and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour is near, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46Rise, let us
go! Here comes my betrayer!"

Luke 22:39-46
 39Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. 40 On reaching the place, he said to them, "Pray that you will not fall into
temptation." 41He withdrew about a stone's throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 42"Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but
yours be done." 43An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like
drops of blood falling to the ground.[c]

45When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. 46"Why are you sleeping?" he asked them. "Get up
and pray so that you will not fall into temptation."

Conclusion:

When Jesus was arrested in Gethsemane, He was already bloody before anyone laid a hand on Him. He had been fighting a battle that would make certain the
final outcome on Calvary. Without Gethsemane, there would have been no Golgotha. The blood and water that flowed from His wounds on the cross were
preceded by bloody sweat that poured from His pores as He suffered the agony of death more painful than the physical death on the cross, the death of the will.

Did Jesus want to go to the cross? The garden of Gethsemane tells us no. Christ-like obedience is not only doing what you want to do but even doing what you
do not want to do. That is why His sweat flowed with blood. A man knelt in the garden, a man of unspeakable courage and obedience. A man of Sorrows…Yet
like a child he knelt down there to pray. We hear the tones of a child in Jesus‟ plea, “Abba, anything is possible for you!” -Michael Card, Immanuel




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Friday

The Death of Jesus (John 19:17-37)

“There is nothing pleasant or attractive about an execution. The only one I‟ve ever seen was in a televised news report from Vietnam. A captured solder was
shot. It left a knot in my stomach for days. In Jesus‟ days, execution was designed to be public and painful. The account of the crucifixion is not easy to read.
You may be tempted to think that Jesus‟ death was a cruel mistake. It wasn‟t Jesus‟ life was not taken from Him, He laid it down willingly. It was part of His
plan-a plan that included you and me. His cross was in a very real sense our cross.” –John: The Way to True Life, Douglas Connelly

Questions to Ask Myself:

         1. Describe a time when you‟ve endured some sort of pain, whether physical, emotional, or spiritual.
         2. Read the passage. Describe the pain Jesus must have endured.
         3. Think about who Jesus had in mind as he endured the pain. What is your response?




Saturday

Jesus‟ Last Words

“Franklin was the scene of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. Almost seven thousand men died in a battle that lasted only five hours. The federal
troops used up one hundred wagon loads of ammunition in that short time. I‟ve read accounts of bodies being stacked six and seven deep for more than a mile
along Columbia Pike. The scars of the battle have all but been erased. Flowers grow were the lines once were. One of the workers showed me human teeth
that had just surfaced the day before after a long rain. „It happens all the time,” he said nonchalantly. Across the street are a pizza place and some small
shops. High school kids gather and eat pizza where hundreds of men brutally lost their lives. I kept asking myself, How could this happen? How could such a
mountain of pain and suffering ever be covered up, erased and all but forgotten? How could men build flower shops and pizza stands on such hallowed ground?
As I was driving home, a second, no less powerful realization struck me. I had been awestruck in that backyard that was once a battlefield, and yet overshadows
a grain of sand. It is the cross of course. There must have been a time in my life when I was awestruck by the cross in the same way I was that day beside the
flower shop. But, God forgive me, I can‟t remember when it was. Perhaps we do not grasp the magnitude of the cross because we cannot possibly hope to
grasp it. We dwell on the physical agony of Jesus, the nails and the thorns, but they make up only the most minute portion of His suffering,. There are many
people alive today that have suffered such pain, and even more. What cannot be grasped by any living soul is the spiritual and emotional agony of Jesus. It is
impossible.”




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Questions:

    1. Consider that this week is Passion week. Has it been difficult to reflect on the cross? Why would it be difficult for you to realize all the cross entails?
    2. Suppose you are soon about to die. Who would be the ones to hear your last words? What would those last words be?
    3. Read the last seven things that Jesus said. Think about what we can learn from each.
          a. “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34)
          b. “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43)
          c. “Dear woman, here is your son…here is your mother (John 19:26-27)
          d. “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27: 46)
          e. “I am thirsty.” (John 19:28)
          f. “It is finished.” (John 19: 30)
          g. “Father, into your hands I commit my Spirit.” (Luke 23:46)
    4. Which of these that Jesus said touched you the most?




Easter Sunday

Following the Resurrected Lord (John 20: 1-18)

By Dusk on Friday, Joseph and Nicodemus had finished burying the dead body of Jesus. The disciples were in hiding, fearing their own arrest, torture and death.
Saturday passed. Night fell again. Shortly before dawn on Sunday, the women disciples who had followed Jesus from Galilee gathered to finish the burial
Joseph and Nicodemus had begun (Mt 28:1, MK 16:1, Lk 23:55-24:1, 10). As you read John 20: 1-18, try to sense what Jesus‟ friends may have felt in these
episodes.

Reflection:

    1. Read the passage. What can you learn about Jesus?
    2. Read Luke 8:2-3. Based on these verses and the text, what ware some things we can learn about Mary? (Try to put yourself in her shoes, see what she
       sees, hear what she hears…) What can we learn from Mary?

Now that we have followed Jesus through His week of passion, of suffering, take some time to reflect on who He is and what He has done. As well, such love
demands a response. Take some time to consider your response to Jesus Christ, who He is, what He has done, what He is doing, what He will do…




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