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JOURNEY TO THE CROSS

Easter Week

ENTER THE DONKEY. AGAIN.

A Donkey into Jerusalem


Jesus and his disciples went to Jerusalem for the Passover Feast. Jesus told two of the disciples where to find a donkey and to bring it to Him. He rode into Jerusalem on the donkey. As He did, a large crowd welcomed Him waving palm branches and laying them on the road before Him. They shouted “Hosanna! Hosanna! Blessed is the King of Israel”.


Matt 2 1-11; Mark 11 1-11; Luke 19 29-42; John 12 12-19

OODLES OF DOSH. OR MAYBE NOT?

Teaching in the Temple


Jesus spent some time in the Temple teaching with His disciples. They watched rich people put a lot of money into the offerings box. Then Jesus saw a poor widow put two small coins into the box. “This woman’s gift is greater than all the others” Jesus said quietly to the disciples. “Even though she is poor and her offering seems small, she has given everything she has. The rich people gave a lot of money but they still have plenty left over”. 


Mark 12 41-44; Luke 21 1-4

SMELLY FEET. NO PROBLEM.

Washing the Disciples Feet


Jesus knew He would leave his disciples soon. They gathered for a special Passover meal. After eating, Jesus removed His outer clothing and wrapped a towel around his waist. Then He filled a bowl with water and washed each of the disciples feet. When it was Peter’s turn, he protested saying “Lord, you should never wash my feet”. But Jesus replied “I must wash your feet so you can be part of my kingdom. And just as I have washed your feet, you must now also wash each other’s feet”. By doing this, Jesus was showing them how to love and serve each other. 


John 13 3-30

DEFINITELY NOT MCDONALDS

The Last Supper


While Jesus and His disciples were still gathered for the Passover meal, Jesus did something else. He took some bread and blessed it. He broke it into pieces and gave it to His disciples saying “This is my body given for you”. Then He took a cup of wine and blessed it also. Giving it to the disciples He said “This is my blood poured out to forgive the sins of many”.


Jesus know He must now leave His disciples. He told them “Where I am going you cannot go yet. I am going to heaven to prepare a new home for you”. He promised to come back soon for them and comforted “At first you will be sad and frightened, but don’t be. Soon you will understand and be filled with joy”.


Matthew 26 26-30

SEALED WITH A KISS

30 Pieces of Silver


Jesus needed to pray so He went to a favourite garden. He prayed “Father, if it is your will, then I am ready. I will give my life so that everyone who trusts in me will be saved from their sins”. 


One of the disciples, Judas, had accepted 30 pieces of silver to betray Jesus with a kiss. He soon arrived at the garden with some soldiers. He kissed Jesus to identify him. Jesus was arrested and taken away. He was questioned, beaten and laughed at. 


Matthew 26 14-16

IT IS FINISHED

Jesus on the Cross


The soldiers made Jesus a crown of thorns and had him carry a heavy wooden  cross to a place called Golgotha. He was nailed to the cross. Alongside Him were two beggars. One realised who Jesus was and knew Jesus did not deserve to die. Jesus promised to see him later in heaven. 


Shortly after, Jesus cried “It is finished”. Then he died. There was an earthquake, the sky went dark and the curtain in the Temple was torn in two.


Matt 26-27; Mark 14-15; Luke 22-23; John 18-19

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