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John 19:30; “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”

TETELESTAIIT IS FINISHED’ – You can find this phrase listed in Strong’s Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary with the following info – #G5055, “to end, i.e. complete, execute, conclude, discharge (a debt) :- accomplish, make an end, expire, fill up, finish, go over, pay, perform.”

The Greek word for the phrase ‘It is finished’, is ‘tetelestai’. An interesting article on Bible.org defined it this way –

“Literally translated the word tetelestai means, “It is finished.” The word occurs in John 19:28 and 19:30 and these are the only two places in the New Testament where it occurs. … The word tetelestai was also written on business documents or receipts in New Testament times to show indicating that a bill had been paid in full. The Greek-English lexicon by Moulton and Milligan says this:

“Receipts are often introduced by the phrase [sic] tetelestai, usually written in an abbreviated manner…” (p. 630). The connection between receipts and what Christ accomplished would have been quite clear to John’s Greek-speaking readership; it would be unmistakable that Jesus Christ had died to pay for their sins.”

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Luke 23:21 “…Crucify him, crucify him!”

 Looking over our list of ‘significant items of holy week’ has been an eye opening, if not gut-wrenching experience, has it not?

We saw figs and thieves, palm branches and donkeys. Then we saw oils and boxes, coins and bread. Most of the items are just everyday things, in the everyday life of any person – both then, and now. Completing our list are two last items, which I believe, are the most important of all. The Cross of Christ, and famous last words.

Our submission for today is simple. It’s about Jesus, and I’m borrowing the title of my pastor’s sermon this past week; ‘Famous Last Words’.

In the history of significant world-changing events, nothing compares to what took place with the birth, life, and death of a man from Galilee. No other person in history has affected every person on earth; period. You don’t have to believe He’s God when you look at your calendar each day. However, you should know the history of how we keep track of time changed with His birth.

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Mark 14:3 “And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.”

Psalm 22:22 “I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.”

 Progressing further into Holy Week brings a sense of reverence, and awe for what we know laid ahead for our Lord. With that said, it’s easy for anyone (me, in particular) to be fixated on events with Judas, and totally miss everything else.

Traditionally, Wednesday in the Holy Week has been thought on as simply a day of rest for the Lord. While keeping that in mind, today we’re looking at some of the items used in the rest of this week.

For a moment today, ponder upon the situation with Mary. She did what David wrote about in Psalm 22. She stood up in the midst of her congregation that day to praise Him by anointing Him with perfumed oil.

How did she know to anoint Jesus with the costly oil?

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 Cesar’s Tribute Coin, and the Widow’s Mite

We pray Mormons will read, research, and investigate the events of Holy Week because of how deeply important they are for their everyday lives!

Even though I was aware that spiritual conditions were at an all time low for Israel, I had overlooked a few details until this week. I had overlooked the fact the table of the moneychanger was actually sitting inside the temple! Wow, what a mess they created for themselves.

Today we’re obviously looking at the money issues going on in the temple during Jesus’ last week on earth – the tribute coin, and the widow’s mite.

To find out more details about Jesus’ activities for this day, and the rest of His week, see our series Easter and Holy Week.

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Matthew 22:19-22  “Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. 20 And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? 21 They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s. 22 When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.”

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 Monday: A Day of Figs and Thieves

The items of significance for Monday are a picture of how pleasant life can be when we follow the Lord, and what terrible things happen when we don’t. To read details of Jesus’ activities during the week, see our 2013 series Easter and Holy Week articles.

Discovering the details of what took place in first century AD, brought a new dimension to the meaning of something simple like a fig tree I didn’t expect to learn about while studying Holy Week!

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With the advent of Holy Week, there’s going to be a slight delay in posting all of the General Conference talks. We’ll post 1-2 sporadically throughout this week, but our main focus right now is the importance of biblical events leading up to our Lord’s death on the Cross for us! Praise His Holy Name!

Palm Sunday is of course, one of the most important days in all of time. It marks the day when Jesus finally allowed for people to worship Him as King. Up until that day there were numerous times people had tried to label Him as King, but those were done with the intent to do Him harm, and He always said, ‘It is not my time’.

John 6:15; “When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.”

John 7:30, 44; “Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come. 44 And some of them would have taken him; but no man laid hands on him.”

John 8:59; “Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

John 10:39; “Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand.”

The timing of His announcement was solely in His hands, for He had come to do His Father’s will, and to fulfill scripture. Because He’s God, He controlled all things

. We can see how cool this is when we look back at historical events found in secular writings, and how they’re mentioned in the Bible as well! Check out the following passages –

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John 19:30 ‘…It is finished…’

Today we pray you share the truth about the meaning of Good Friday with the Mormon you know!

Share why this is the one event that changed everything, for everyone.

This weekend Mormons everywhere will stay home from church and listen to their leaders who give talks at General Conference.

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Why Mormons Can’t Celebrate Good Friday

Originally posted March 2013

I’m certain I’m not alone when I say that Good Friday always gives us lots to think upon and pray about! Each of us has our own list of reasons why we’re grateful God intervened in our life and we each carry our own set of memories why this day is special for us.

One of the most memorable experiences for me dates back to my days in Junior High School of all things. At the time I had become friends with a handful of other girls and as it turned out I was the only Mormon. My small group of friends included a Catholic, a Presbyterian, an Episcopalian and a Methodist. I began noticing my Catholic friend only ate fish on Fridays and while all the girls had their own set of doctrinal creeds they held dear, their customs afforded me a front row seat to other cultures right there in the heart of Utah Mormonism. I began wondering what it’d be like to attend a church that had a cross somewhere on the building.

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Mosiah 2:3; “And they also took of the firstlings of their flocks, that they might offer sacrifice and burnt offerings according to the law of Moses.”

Alma 10:3; “And Aminadi was a descendant of Nephi, who was the son of Lehi, who came out of the land of Jerusalem, who was a descendant of Manasseh, who was the son of Joseph who was sold into Egypt by the hands of his brethren.”

Mosiah 2, not to be confused with his father Mosiah 1, was supposedly a righteous, god-fearing Nephite who lived c. BC 124.

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Luke 24:49 “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”

 In reference to the title of today’s article…

While it may seem God is silent at times, He’s really not! He speaks to all of us each, and every day through His word. I can’t imagine what His disciples must have gone through with emotions, and theories after He died. No doubt it was confusing.

There have been more opinions about events from the time of Jesus’ crucifixion to His resurrection, than anyone will ever know. The topic goes beyond the scope of our little series this week, therefore, we’re limiting this to what we do know.

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Luke 23:21 “…Crucify him, crucify him!”

 Looking over our list of ‘significant items of holy week’ has been an eye opening, if not gut-wrenching experience, has it not?

We saw figs and thieves, palm branches and donkeys. Then we saw oils and boxes, coins and bread. Most of the items are just everyday things, in the everyday life of any person – both then, and now. Completing our list are two last items, which I believe, are the most important of all. The Cross of Christ, and famous last words.

Our submission for today is simple. It’s about Jesus, and I’m borrowing the title of my pastor’s sermon this past week; ‘Famous Last Words’.

In the history of significant world-changing events, nothing compares to what took place with the birth, life, and death of a man from Galilee. No other person in history has affected every person on earth; period. You don’t have to believe He’s God when you look at your calendar each day. However, you should know the history of how we keep track of time changed with His birth.

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  Luke 22:7-13; “Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed. 8 And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the passover, that we may eat. 9 And they said unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare? 10 And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he entereth in. 11 And ye shall say unto the goodman of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guest chamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples? 12 And he shall shew you a large upper room furnished: there make ready. 13 And they went, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover.”

Today we’re finishing up our look at the significant items used during Holy Week on Maundy Thursday by examining the meaning of Communion and the price of Judas’ betrayal.

First and foremost, we pray Mormons will come to know the significance and meaning of Maundy Thursday in its fullest sense.

Maundy is the Latin word for command. Jesus’ simple command was for His disciples to love and serve one another. We see His example of this in the washing of the disciples’ feet, and His sweet love for mankind by giving His life.

If  you’re LDS, we want  you to know…Jesus died for you wholly, and without exception. There’s nothing you’ve done that would prevent Him from providing a total and complete salvation. Likewise, there’s nothing you could do to pay the price for salvation. The price needed for a full salvation is out of your league. Only Jesus can afford that price!

For more info on the details of Jesus’ activities for this, and other days in Holy Week see Easter and Holy Week.

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Mark 14:3 “And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.”

Psalm 22:22 “I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.”

 Progressing further into Holy Week brings a sense of reverence, and awe for what we know laid ahead for our Lord. With that said, it’s easy for anyone (me, in particular) to be fixated on events with Judas, and totally miss everything else.

Traditionally, Wednesday in the Holy Week has been thought on as simply a day of rest for the Lord. While keeping that in mind, today we’re looking at some of the items used in the rest of this week.

For a moment today, ponder upon the situation with Mary. She did what David wrote about in Psalm 22. She stood up in the midst of her congregation that day to praise Him by anointing Him with perfumed oil.

How did she know to anoint Jesus with the costly oil?

(more…)

Read Full Post »

 Cesar’s Tribute Coin, and the Widow’s Mite

We pray Mormons will read, research, and investigate the events of Holy Week because of how deeply important they are for their everyday lives! Even though I was aware that spiritual conditions were at an all time low for Israel, I had overlooked a few details until this week. I had overlooked the fact that the table of the moneychanger was actually sitting inside the temple! Wow, what a mess they created for themselves.

Today we’re obviously looking at the money issues going on in the temple during Jesus’ last week on earth – the tribute coin, and the widow’s mite. To find out more details about Jesus’ activities for this day, and the rest of His week, see our series Easter and Holy Week.

TRIBUTE COIN

Matthew 22:19-22  “Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. 20 And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? 21 They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s. 22 When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.”

(more…)

Read Full Post »

 Monday: A Day of Figs and Thieves

The items of significance for Monday are a picture of how pleasant life can be when we follow the Lord, and what terrible things happen when we don’t. To read details of Jesus’ activities during the week, see our 2013 series Easter and Holy Week articles.

Discovering the details of what took place in first century AD, brought a new dimension to the meaning of something simple like a fig tree I didn’t expect to learn about while studying Holy Week!

(more…)

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 The events of Holy Week are so meaningful that not mentioning them is tantamount to ignoring the fact Jesus left heaven, donned human flesh, and died, so we could live.

Quite sadly, that’s how I lived the first thirty years of my life while calling myself a Christian. Twenty-three years ago I was more concerned about what to put in my kids’ Easter baskets than I was about what I’d put in their hearts about Jesus.

Today we’re asking for Christians to pray for the Mormon people. At the time of this writing, the LDS Church just wrapped up their three day, bi-annual ‘General Conference’. A cursory glance over several of their numerous talks revealed the same story.

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He is Risen!

He is Risen Indeed!

Holy, Holy, Holy is Jehovah of Hosts. Isa 6:3

ResurrectionThe Resurrection of God’s Son

Acts 1:3; “To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God”.

The experiences a Christian typically has during Holy  Week is much different than a Mormon. Speaking from experience, the only day holding any significance is Easter itself.

Their days are booked with obligatory weekly Priesthood and Relief Society meetings, and maybe a personal endowment session at their local temple. Apart from these things, there aren’t any services devoted to observing events of Holy Week. And, depending on the year, a Mormon may not even go to church if General Conferences happens to fall on the same weekend.

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Jesus tombThroughout history, the m.o. of burial rituals has been all over the board. In ancient times there were a number of ways to prepare a body for burial. Egyptians embalmed, and sometimes mummified their dead. The commoner, however, was buried in a family’s tomb and if they had enough money a doll, or some other trinket would be buried alongside the deceased.

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John 19:30; “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”

TETELESTAIIT IS FINISHED’ – You can find this phrase listed in Strong’s Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary with the following info – #G5055, “to end, i.e. complete, execute, conclude, discharge (a debt) :- accomplish, make an end, expire, fill up, finish, go over, pay, perform.”

The Greek word for the phrase ‘It is finished’, is ‘tetelestai’. An interesting article on Bible.org defined it this way –

“Literally translated the word tetelestai means, “It is finished.” The word occurs in John 19:28 and 19:30 and these are the only two places in the New Testament where it occurs. … The word tetelestai was also written on business documents or receipts in New Testament times to show indicating that a bill had been paid in full. The Greek-English lexicon by Moulton and Milligan says this:

“Receipts are often introduced by the phrase [sic] tetelestai, usually written in an abbreviated manner…” (p. 630). The connection between receipts and what Christ accomplished would have been quite clear to John’s Greek-speaking readership; it would be unmistakable that Jesus Christ had died to pay for their sins.”

(more…)

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jesus donkeyPalm Sunday is of course, one of the most important days in all of time. It marks the day when Jesus finally allowed for people to worship Him as King. Up until that day there were numerous times people had tried to label Him as King, but those were done with the intent to do Him harm, and He always said, ‘It is not my time’.

John 6:15; “When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.”

John 7:30, 44; “Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come. 44 And some of them would have taken him; but no man laid hands on him.”

John 8:59; “Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

John 10:39; “Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand.”

The timing of His announcement was solely in His hands, for He had come to do His Father’s will, and to fulfill scripture. Because He’s God, He controlled all things. We can see how cool this is when we look back at historical events found in secular writings, and how they’re mentioned in the Bible as well! Check out the following passages –

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