Final Days of Jesus

“There is more to be learned at the foot of the cross than anywhere else in the world.” JC Ryle

This week leading up to Resurrection Sunday (Easter) beginning on Palm Sunday is called Passion Week or Holy Week. There is nothing commanded in Scripture written that we are to observe these days; however, reading, studying, reflecting, meditating, and be saturated in the Word is an imperative. My desire for myself and our church is to look into the most important week of the life of Jesus on earth and see all that he has accomplished and savor Christ more and more. As David Mathis from Desiring God has written, “Celebrating Holy Week is not an obligation, but it is an opportunity.”

As we cast our gaze on Jesus, I have listed two resources that will be beneficial during this week. First, John Piper has provided a free devotional for the week entitled Love to the Uttermost. You can download it here. It has a devotion for each day. This is a wonderful resource to share as a family or for your own reflection.

Second, Andreas Kostenberger and Justin Taylor have written an excellent work that outlines the days of the week as contributed by each of the four gospels. As they write, “While the primary purpose of this book is not academic—instead, our desire is to provide an aid to informed worship—and we have thus refrained from providing extensive references to the scholarly literature, the discussion is informed by responsible evangelical scholarship. There is a rich tapestry of historical detail, literary artistry, and theological insight to be gleaned from the Gospel accounts of Jesus’s final week, and we have done our best to include all the relevant material and to do so in a way that is informative, intelligible, and interesting to read.”[1] I encourage you to download the book for free and begin reading by clicking the link The Final Days of Jesus. The pdf is located here.

[1] Andreas Kostenberger and Justin Taylor, Final Days of Jesus (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2014), 21.

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