Today is Ascension Thursday, a day celebrated by Christians all over the world on the 40th day after Easter. Why all the fuss?
Here’s why …
After his resurrection, Jesus spent the next forty days convincing the disciples that he was alive and telling ’em about God’s kingdom. Here were his last recorded words on this planet:
What was the last thing Jesus did before he headed to the garden to be arrested? He prayed for his disciples — and then, get this: he prayed for you and me.
Since Jesus took the time to pray for us, I humbly suggest that we take the time right now to pray through each and every one of His precious words, asking Him to help us live them out in our lives.
Last week, we kicked things off with our official Bible Quiz-o-rama to help assess our Bible literacy. We then went through a slew of ways to get more of God’s words into our ♥s.
This week, we’re taking a deeeeep dive into this question:
What exactly is the Bible?
Today, we’ll look at what Jesus himself said.
Jesus’ Scripture was the Old Testament. He had a lot to say about it. In fact, Jesus quoted or paraphrased the OT nearly 50 times in the Gospels.
Right after his baptism, the Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness where he was tempted by Satan. How did he conquer Satan’s attacks? With Scripture. He said:
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:
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: