Summary: This is the first message of a series that looks at Jesus’ final few days as He walked towards the cross. This message considers Jesus’ attitude as He approached His death.
What would you do if you knew you only had one week to live? How would you spend the time that you had left to you?
Max Lucado - "And the Angels Were Silent"
"When a man knows the end is near - only the IMPORTANT surfaces. Impending death distills the vital. The trivial is bypassed. The unnecessary is overlooked. That which is vital remains. So, if you would know Christ, ponder his final days... He knew the end was near. He knew the finality of Friday. He read the last chapter before it was written and heard the final chorus before it was sung. As a result, the critical was centrifuged from the casual. Distilled truths taught. Deliberate deeds done. Each step calculated. Every act premeditated. Knowing he had just one week with the disciples, what did Jesus tell them? Knowing it would be his last time in the temple, how did he act? Conscious that the last sand was slipping through the hourglass, what MATTERED? Let’s follow Jesus on his final journey. For by observing his, we may learn how to MAKE OURS."
What Did Jesus Do As He Prepared To Die?
• How did He act?
• How did He respond to people?
• How did He stay focused?
• What can we Learn from Jesus about Facing Death?
1. JESUS FACED HIS DEATH SQUARELY.
-- As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus RESOLUTELY set out for Jerusalem. (Luke 9:51 - New Int’l Version)
-- Jesus gathered up his courage and STEELED HIMSELF for the journey to Jerusalem. (Luke 9:51 - The Message)
-- They were now on the way to Jerusalem, and JESUS WAS WALKING AHEAD OF THEM. The disciples were filled with dread... Taking the twelve disciples aside, Jesus once more began to describe everything that was about to happen to him... "When we get to Jerusalem, the Son of Man will be betrayed to the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. They will sentence him to die and hand him over to the Romans. They will mock him, spit on him, beat him with their whips, and kill him." (Mark 10:32-34 - New Living Translation)
2. JESUS FOCUSED ON THE FUTURE.
-- Jesus: "But on the third day, he WILL rise to life again!" (Luke 18:33 - New Century Version)
-- How could Jesus be so confident about this?
-- "I keep the Lord before me always. Because he is close by my side, I will not be hurt... Even my body has hope, because you will not leave me in the grave. You will not let your holy one rot." (Psalm 16:8-11 - New Century Version)
-- "David wasn’t referring to himself when he spoke these words... for he died and was buried, and his tomb is still here... David was looking into the future and predicting the Messiah’s resurrection... that the Messiah would not be left among the dead and that his body would not rot in the grave. This prophecy was speaking of Jesus..." Acts 2:29,31-32 - New Living Translation)
3. JESUS CONTINUED TO INSTRUCT HIS FOLLOWERS.
-- The disciples didn’t understand a thing he said. It’s significance was hidden from them, and they failed to grasp what he was talking about. (Luke 18:34 - New Living Translation)