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The Final Days of Jesus: Sunday, March 29, AD 33

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In this week’s video series, well-known New Testament scholars explore the background and significance of the history-shaping events that occurred during Jesus’s last week on earth. Designed as a supplement to The Final Days of Jesus, our prayer is that these videos will help deepen your understanding and experience of Holy Week.



The Final Days of Jesus: Palm Sunday
from Crossway on Vimeo.

 

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The Final Days of Jesus: The Most Important Week of the Most Important Person Who Ever Lived
Andreas J. Köstenberger and Justin Taylor, with Alexander Stewart

Combining a chronological arrangement of the biblical text with insightful commentary, this book serves as a day-by-day guide to Jesus’s final week on earth, complete with a quick-reference glossary and color maps.

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Excerpt / Study Guide / 40-Day Reading Guide

 

April 13, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Biblical Studies,Jesus Christ,Life / Doctrine,New Testament,The Gospel,Theology,Video | Author: Matt Tully @ 8:30 am | 1 Comment »

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  1. Good insights from excellent scholars! It’s interesting that unlike so many other times in Jesus’ ministry, in his triumphal entry, he purposefully draws the crowd’s attention in an unmistakable act of self-disclosure presenting himself as their King. Of course, the words “King” and “Kingdom” were consistently associated with Jesus from his birth to his death (see: Matthew 2:1-2; Mark 1:14-15; John 18:33-37).

    The Jewish people longed for a deliverer to lift the yoke of Rome off their sacred city. The stage seemed set. Jesus was known for powers so extraordinary that he even raised Lazarus from the dead. Now he enters the city in a way rich with prophetic connections and at a time (Passover) when they celebrated deliverance from the heathen rule of Egypt. All of this fueled the excitement that led to acts and words of homage for Jesus. Perhaps Jesus would use his powers against Rome and deliver the Jewish people and establish His kingdom.
    They spread their garments in the road; spread palm branches before Him and cried out, “Hosanna!” – “Save now!”

    So significant was this occasion that when some of the Pharisees objected, telling Jesus to rebuke them, Jesus said, “I tell you that if these should hold their peace, the stones would cry out in praise.”

    Their words of honor and praise were appropriate to the moment but were also tragically superficial and short-lived. They rightly proclaimed Jesus as the Messiah — the son of David, but misunderstood His purpose at this moment of history. They were right to recognize His kingship, but had little perception of His kingdom on spiritual terms.

    Jesus did not come to conquer Rome. He came to conquer a greater enemy — sin and death. He did not come at this time to make war; he came to make peace with God. In fact, Jesus would predict the very destruction of Jerusalem!

    So, in just a few days, when they realized that He would not deliver them on their terms, they turned on Jesus and unanimously demanded the release of Barabbas (John 18:40) after which, they began that ominous chant: “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!”

    As a nation, they united in official rejection of their Messiah, saying, “We will not have this man to reign over us!” And then, the physical sons of Abraham made a chilling request, “His blood be on us and on our children.”

    From “Hosanna!” to “Crucify Him!” in just a few days!

    Misguided expectation and superficial praise gave way to bitter and costly rejection when Jesus didn’t meet their expectations. Isaiah spoke accurately of them saying, “This people draws near to Me with their lips but their heart is far from Me.”

    Many of our songs of praise and worship focus on God’s power to help us and the fact that there is nothing that he cannot do. The danger is that we (like the Palm Sunday crowd) interpret the songs as God’s deliverance from troubling temporal circumstances rather than from sin and death.

    We live in the era of history when Jesus calls us to take up our cross and follow him. We are not called (at this time of history) to to take up our scepter and rule with him. It’s altogether too easy for us to want a Savior who offers temporal deliverance from difficult circumstances over eternal deliverance from sin and death.

    Comment by Steve Cornell — April 14, 2014 @ 9:21 am

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