After Jesus' resurrection, He was on earth for almost six weeks. He taught of His kingdom and told followers to stay in Jerusalem till the Holy Spirit came. Then He ascended up into the clouds, out of their sight. Is this important? Yes! What does the ascension teach us?
If Friday was God's 'D-Day' in the war against sin, Sunday was His 'V-Day' - victory over sin and death. 'Resurrection Day' was a day like no other before or since, and no one who knows the joy of what it achieved ever tires of hearing about it. Let's revisit it today.
Darkness falls, beginning a very dark day. Passover points back to a historic event in Israel's history, but tonight it will become a symbol of deliverance for all mankind. Israel's Messiah is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! His words on the cross show it.
With His death approaching, Jesus condemned the Jews, prophesied coming tribulation, and His triumphant return to earth. He foretold His crucifixion, and Judas secretly arranged with Jewish leaders to betray Him. Jesus sent His disciples to prepare for the Passover...
After spending the night in Bethany, Jesus and his disciples walked to Jerusalem each morning. Monday, Jesus cursed a fig tree without fruit, Tuesday, it was dead. In between, He chased business people out of the temple. What do these two episodes teach?
It's Sunday, first day of the week - but not just any week: the week Jesus was crucified. More has been written about this week than any other in history. A third of the Gospels focuses on this week! This is the day of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem...and a day of tears.