Isaiah 42:1-9 (NIV)

Psalm 36:5-11 (NIV)

John 12:1-11(NIV)

Hebrews 9:11-15 (NIV)

We go with Jesus to Jerusalem and the cross this week.  How great it is to know the end of the story; the Empty Tomb and Easter Resurrection.  Nevertheless we miss the power of Easter if we hurry through this decisive week in Jesus’ life and ministry.

Isaiah speaks to us of the long awaited Messiah centuries before Jesus appeared. ““Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations. 2 He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets…In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; 4 he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth…6 I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand.  I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles,…”

The Psalm speaks to us of the love of God.  5  “Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies…7 How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!”

We see God’s love most clearly in Jesus.  Jesus gave himself up to death for all the world and in the passage from John we see the chief priests, who hated Jesus, making plans to to kill Lazarus in addition to Jesus.

In Hebrews we read of Jesus as the perfect High Priest who offered up himself that we might be cleansed, forgiven from the inside out.  For “Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.”

Let us walk with Jesus this week through the streets of Jerusalem, to the temple, to the Upper Room, to Gethsemane, to the cross, to the sealed tomb of death, to the darkness of Saturday, and finally to the light of Easter Resurrection. May God guide and bless you this week and always.