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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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 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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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…)

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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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 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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Maundy Thursday 1Wednesday after sundown is actually the beginning of Thursday on the Jewish calendar, and the day Jesus instructed His disciples to go ready the room for the Passover meal in the city. The events of what took place in this one scenario are nothing short of amazing so check this out!!!

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 good man 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.”

In today’s look at Holy Week we’re asking the Christian community to answer a few questions!

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The Parables & the Woes 

Holy Week01Isaiah 53:1, 3; “Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? 3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.”

Have you believed His report?

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Maundy Thursday 1Wednesday after sundown is actually the beginning of Thursday on the Jewish calendar, and the day Jesus instructed His disciples to go ready the room for the Passover meal in the city. The events of what took place in this one scenario are nothing short of amazing so check this out!!!

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 good man 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.”

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The Parables & the Woes 

Isaiah 53:1, 3; “Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? 3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.”

The day after Jesus cursed the fig tree and equated its fruitless wonder to the nation of Israel, He once again readied Himself for the day ahead as He gathered the disciples and set out for the 30 minute walk to Jerusalem.

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Holy Week:  Do you know what it means?

      I can’t believe Easter is just around the corner!  Spring is my favorite time of year for a few reasons; but ultimately it reminds me of the new life I have in Christ.

     Because of what Jesus has done for all of us, we can start anew.  Just as spring is a new beginning to the world around us, we can have a new beginning in our lives when we ask Jesus into our hearts.  Last year when I was newly out of the LDS Church I didn’t give much thought to Holy Week. As a Mormon, my family celebrated on Easter Sunday, and that was it.  There was no special Sunday service at church and no real acknowledgment of why this is such a special time of year.  As part of my growth as a new Christian and walk with the Lord, I wanted to take the time to learn about Holy Week and share what I learn with all of you.

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