Happy Resurrection Day!

Jesus is alive!

That simple fact changes everything forever.

Surely He was the Son of God!

Yesterday, Jesus died on the cross.

Or so it seemed.

Rather astonishing eyewitness reports are pouring in from all over. According to those accounts:

It’s Friday But …

 

Jesus’ Last Words

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

In the last 24 hours, Jesus was betrayed, arrested, abandoned, mocked, beaten, condemned and hung on a cross to die. According to eyewitness accounts, the following were his final words before he died.

Forgiveness. Jesus’ first words on the cross were “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34) Even in agony Jesus embodied God’s amazing love, echoing his earlier words from the Sermon on the Mount: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you” (Luke 6:27-28).

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.