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If you’re one of the faithful who will be confined to your home this Easter, we’ve assembled top-notch messages, videos, poems and articles that will help you contemplate and celebrate Holy Week, starting this Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday!

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Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday begins the final week of Jesus’ work on Earth. It starts with His triumphant entry into Jerusalem where He’s presented to the people as King and culminates in His death on the cross and bodily resurrection.

Watch Stuart’s video for an overview of the daily meaning for Holy Week.

 

Matthew 21 tells us the story of Jesus entry into Jerusalem, an event we call Palm Sunday.

As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”

This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

“Say to Daughter Zion,
    ‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
    and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

“Hosanna to the Son of David!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”

The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Jesus had just come into Jerusalem, with all the crowds adoring Him, and there was electricity in the air. They were going to celebrate Passover with the most popular guy in Jerusalem… or so it seemed.

 

Maundy Thursday

To read through the scene in John 13 and not pause to consider the significance of why Jesus stood to wash the feet of the disciples would be a mistake. Every word from and every action by Jesus contained a lesson to learn, a mystery revealed, an act to model.

Pete helps us understand the lesson Jesus was teaching His disciples and us in the writing below.

Allowing Jesus to serve you

Let’s go back to the night before Jesus’ death. He needed to make a point to His disciples: You need to be sacrificial servants. So, He took out the cloth and the wash basin and washed the grimy feet of His followers. It was powerfully symbolic. A real attention-getter. It was the perfect conclusion to the message that He was communicating to His somewhat remedial disciples.

“Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” (John 13:14-17)

They got the message. The sermon was over. Or was it?

What if the foot washing wasn’t just a “lesson illustration”? What if Christ’s actions weren’t just symbolic? What if the foot washing was authentic—an extension of who Jesus really is? 

The last meal that Christ shared with His disciples was filled with awkward moments—lots of them. The first one happened when they arrived. The preparations for the meal were definitely last minute. When Jesus and the guys got there and sat down, the servant who was probably supposed to wash their feet didn’t show up for work. 

With no designated servant around, the disciples were left looking at each other. Who is the foot-washing guy? Peter, is that your job? And they’re all kind of pointing their fingers. Well, who is the low man on the totem pole? Who’s going to do it? Who is going to take the role of the servant? No one does.   

Jesus gets up, takes off His cloak, wraps it around His waist, and starts washing their feet. Oh, what an awkward moment. I mean, the Master is not supposed to do that. He gets to Peter and, of course… 

“No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” (John 13:8)

Was there awkward silence in the room? Absolutely. An awkward snapshot of a pervasive new principle that is revealed throughout the New Testament:

The Christian life begins with, and is sustained by, Jesus’ service to us… not by our supposed service to Him.

Pride and arrogance in our flesh will protest, but the bottom line is that our identity in Christ is dependent only on what He does and has done for us… not on what we do for Him.  

In what ways do you need to allow Jesus to serve you and sustain you today?

Jesus, this seems so backward, yet I ask You to humble me. Show me my need for You today.  Break through my pride and make me willing to let You serve me today, enabling me, filling me, strengthening me so that I can experience who I truly am in You. Amen.

Good Friday

Good Friday is the solemn day when Jesus was crucified for the sins of the world. He was shamed and scourged and forced to wear a crown of thorns as Roman soldiers and observers mocked and taunted Him. And as He neared the end of His agony, He said these words ...

From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” (which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”) (Matthew 27:45-46)

Through tender verses of her own poetry, Jill Briscoe invites you to ponder the anguished Jesus with desperate gratitude and contemplate your heart's response to the crucifixion.

You Wore My Thorns


You Wore My Thorns - Poem by Jill

You wore my thorns, that I may know Your grace;
Pierced by my sin, that I may see Your face.
Loved and forgiven from shame and deep disgrace,
You wore my thorns, You wore my thorns.

Continue reading Jill’s poem...

 

Easter Sunday

On Easter Sunday we celebrate the defeat of death, and through Jesus’ resurrection, the believer’s Life in Christ.

Life in Christ is an incredible mystery. It’s hard to explain… perhaps even impossible to describe, but when we see this resurrection in action, played out daily in the lives of believers, it’s undeniable.

We can truthfully say that billions of people can testify to the change that the resurrected Christ has made in their life!

Books and books have been written on this topic and they make for great inspirational reading. If Jesus wasn’t raised? It’s game over. But if He was—and if we believe that He was—then really, the game has just begun.

Celebrate Easter Sunday with these resources!

The Ragman

An Easter drama by Pete Briscoe

Till I Get Home One Easter


Till I Get Home One Easter - Poem by Jill

by Jill Briscoe

Turn my crying and my sighing
Into laughter in the rain,
Bend to bless my raw emotions
Lying prostrate in their pain.

Continue reading Jill’s poem...

The Cross of Christ


'The Cross of Christ' by Stuart Briscoe

by Stuart Briscoe

Crucifixion was a horrific way to die—much worse than any modern method of execution. Can you imagine any religion basing its faith on an electric chair or a gas chamber? Strange. Yet, the early disciples did just that. Why would they risk ridicule, persecution, or even death to testify to Jesus' death on the cross when it appeared to be a tragedy and not a triumph? 

In this series from Stuart, he teaches why the cross is uncompromising, uncomplimentary, and uncomplicated—and why Christianity is nothing without it.

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The Crux


'The Crux' by Pete Briscoe

by Pete Briscoe

The cross is a popular symbol—we see it on jewelry or as decorative detail on accessories. In amongst these everyday appearances, it's easy to forget the incredible, important work accomplished through Jesus' death on the cross. In this message, Pete explains what the cross of Christ meant and what impact it had on all of us.

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