Summary: This is part one of a five week sermon series leading up to Easter
The Next 5 weeks we are going to be looking at the Easter story in the Bible
As we do we are going to focus on different people who were involved in the actual events that took place 2000 years ago.
It was a very busy last week in Jesus’ life, so there is no way that we can look at this last week from every angle in just 5 sermons.
You will have to keep me as your pastor for a few more years so that we can preach some more Easter sermons to cover all the bases.
Jesus knew his purpose from birth
At the age of 12 he told his parents that he had to be about his fathers business
Luk 2:49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?
Jesus had been telling the disciples over and over again about his death and resurrection
He was preparing them for what was to come.
Joh 13:33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, ’Where I am going you cannot come.’
Joh 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
Joh 13:35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."
Joh 13:36 Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, where are you going?" Jesus answered him, "Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterward."
Joh 13:37 Peter said to him, "Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you."
All the way up to his arrest he was working on the disciples and preparing them for what was about to take place.
Jesus came to do the will of the Father and He never took his eyes off the cross. His fathers will.
In Luke chapter 9 there is a turning point in Jesus’ ministry, He is ministering in all the cities around Jerusalem and then in verse 51 it says that Jesus set his face to go to Jerusalem he from there on he was preparing the disciples for his death.
As we preach through this go back in the theater of your mind and place yourself there with the disciples, which one of the disciples would be like you. And try to see these last few days through the eyes of the disciples.
Many during Jesus’ day had difficulty understanding what was taking place, When Jesus came in to Jerusalem to be crucified they were looking for a king to set on the throne, not a savior to hang on the cross
Would you be like Philip the analytical disciple always analyzing the situation
Or Like Peter, the outspoken one of the crowd
Or maybe like Andrew, always bringing someone to Jesus
The disciples didn’t understand it all
Don’t wait until you understand it all to come. I must confess that my mind cannot begin to grasp all there is to know about God. But I know who I have believed and am persuaded that he able to keep that which I’ve committed to him against that Day.
We can see by the questions of the disciples that they didn’t understand it all.
1Jo 3:2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.
There is coming a day that we will understand it all.
Have you ever met someone who says I just can’t be a Christian until I know where Cain got his wife from. Or some other trivial question they use that as an excuse to not believe
Yet that same person will get into their car and drive down the street placing faith in the engineers that built that car and never once try to understand how it all works.
We must trust God even if we don’t understand it all.
Abraham had to trust God
Gal 3:6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
You may be here today and be having a difficult time understanding everything that is going on in your life. God calls you to trust.. Just trust Him.
The disciples didn’t want to let go
Joh 18:10 Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus.
Here they come to arrest Jesus and Peter is ready for all out fight he drew his sword and cut of the ear of the high priest servant. Why his ear? He was most likely going straight for his head but the servant moved and just got his ear cut off.