Twas the week before Easter...

posted Apr 16, 2014, 3:28 PM by Ginger Bowman
Are you planning a Good Friday prayer event?  Assisting with a Passion Play?  Maybe you're distributing Bibles on your local campus this week, or planning a special outreach event for your students.  Needless to say, this is a busy week for most in church ministry, and because of that it's easy to miss the significance for planning the celebration.  

So here's a brief chance for you to pause, breathe, and soak in a little of what this week is all about.   

Then the detachment of soldiers with its commander and the Jewish officials arrested Jesus. They bound him and brought him first to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year. Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jewish leaders that it would be good if one man died for the people.  John 18:12-14 NIV

So he delivered him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.”  John 19:16-19  ESV

Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.”  A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.  John 19:28-30 NIV

 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.  Isaiah 53:5 NIV

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them.  In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?  He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:  ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ”  Then they remembered his words. Luke 24:1-8 NIV

I pray for you today, that as you lead in your church this week, you too will have the opportunity to personally experience afresh the awesome power of the death, burial and resurrection of our Risen Lord, Jesus.
He is risen, indeed. 
Ginger Bowman