Get Washed Up

We continue our 40-day journey deeeeep into the ♥ of Jesus.

Imagine for a moment that you’re Jesus. You have one last meal with your disciples. What lesson do you want to leave them with and how will you teach it?

In describing the scene, one eyewitness began his account with these words:

Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God. (John 13:3)

Jesus Speaks

Our 40-day journey with Jesus draws nearer to its climax.

Here’s today’s question: What would you do if you knew you only had a few days to live?

Jesus spent much of his last week on earth preaching and teaching. He didn’t want anyone to miss his message.

Some of his core themes that week:

Faith and Figs

We continue our 40-day journey with Jesus to the Cross and beyond.

It’s Tuesday. Jesus is on his way back into Jerusalem. According to eyewitness reports:

Early in the morning, as he was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said  to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered.

When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?” they asked. 

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” (Matthew 21:18-22)

Jesus doesn’t have much time left so he packs two powerful lessons into one.

House of Prayer

We continue our 40-day journey deeeeep into the ♥ of Jesus.

What’s the first thing Jesus did after he got to Jerusalem? According to eyewitness reports:

Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.

“It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it a ‘den of robbers.'” (Matthew 21:12-13)

Who Is This?

Our 40-day journey with Jesus continues to spiral toward its stunning climax.

Jesus came to town today. Here’s the picture painted by eyewitnesses:

The great crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who  comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the King of Israel!” (John 12:12-13)

Another witness reported:

Jesus’ Final Days

Our 40-day journey with Jesus begins to spiral toward its climax.

Let’s set the stage …

Crowds are starting to gather. The people are expectant. The governor’s worried. The religious leaders are uneasy.

God’s coming to town. And he has a plan: saving you and me.

Here’s a sneak preview, based on an eyewitness account:

The Road to Jerusalem

Our 40-day journey with Jesus begins to spiral to its earth-shattering climax.

Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem to save the world. Here’s an eyewitness account:

As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” (Matthew 20:29-31)