We are getting ready to celebrate Palm Sunday and start our walk with Christ throughout the Holy week.
Luke: 9:22 The First prediction of the Passion. He said, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised.”
Luke: 9:44, 45 The second prediction of the Passion. While they were all amazed at his every deed, he said to his disciples,” Pay attention to what I am telling you. The Son of Man is to be handed over to men.” But they did not understand this saying; its meaning was hidden from them so that they should not understand it, and they where afraid to ask him about this saying.
Luke: 10:38-42 Martha and Mary. As they continued on their journey he entered a village where a women whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said,” Lord do you not care that my sister left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.” The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.”
Luke: 19:35-38 So they brought the colt to Jesus, threw their cloaks over the colt, and helped Jesus to mount. As he rode along, the people were spreading their cloaks on the road; and now as he was approaching the slope of the mount of olives, the whole multitude of his disciples began to praise God aloud with joy for all the mighty deeds they had seen. They proclaimed: Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.
Luke: 21:37-38 During the day, Jesus was teaching in the temple area, but at night he would leave and stay at the place called the mount of olives. And all of the people would get up early each morning to listen to him in the temple area.
Luke: 22:1-6 The conspiracy against Jesus. Now the feast of unleavened bread, called the Passover, was drawing near, and the chief priests and the scribes were seeking a way to put him to death, for they were afraid of the people. Then Satan entered into Judas, the one surnamed Iscariot, who was counted among the twelve, and he went to the chief priests and temple guards to discuss a plan for handing him over to them. They were pleased and agreed to pay him money. He accepted their offer and sought a favorable opportunity to hand him over to them in the absence of a crowd.
In chapter 22 8 Jesus sends Peter and John on a mission to prepare for the last supper.
Luke: 22:14-20 The Last Supper. When the hour came, he took his place at the table with the apostles. He said to them,” I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer, for I tell you, I shall not eat it again until there is fulfillment in the Kingdom of God.” Then he took the cup, gave thanks and said, “Take this and share it among yourselves; for I tell you that from this time on I shall not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which will be given for you: do this in memory of me. And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you.”
Jesus also foretold the betrayal, the role of the disciples and Peter’s denial.
Jesus also gave his disciples instructions for the time of crisis. Then followed the agony in the garden and the betrayal and the arrest of Jesus. He knew why he was born. He knew what his mission was. He freely accepted his mission. He carried his cross, died for all of us and then he rose from the dead.
HE IS RISEN, YES, HE IS RISEN INDEED, AND THIS MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE.
What a joyful day it was. What a joy for us today.
God loves us so much that He gave us His only Son so we can have everlasting life. What a joyful day it will be. We all carry our cross in life. We look toward the future to become one with our Lord. Let us keep our eyes on the Lord. He is eager to help us carry our cross, our burdens will be so much lighter as our Lord fills us with His Love.
I look forward to Easter as the earth brings out all these wonderful Spring flowers that went to sleep to be reborn in spring. It is the cycle of life. Christ died for us so we all have a chance to be part of this cycle of life. What a reunion it will be with our Lord. What a joyful day.
The painting I chose for Easter I call a Joyful Day.
I walked along this path of mine,
The walk I thought you chose.
Mud and stones where in my path
You never let me loose.
I screamed and shouted, no, Lord, not this walk,
I cannot take it, it’s too steep.”
Again you showed me an easy walk,
Just to my right.
In front of me the hill was steep,
With many boulders in the road,
I did not see the flowers,
The boulders were much too big.
Again a nudge from you,
It is the walk you chose.
So much you must yet learn,
Again I climbed over the boulder that blocked my path,
“Why me, Lord?
What have I done?
Couldn’t I take this easy path?
The one I passed just yesterday,
Or just sit on the little bench?”
Just go, this is the path you chose,
The walk that’s only yours,
Just over the hill and you will glide,
Your guardian angel is by your side.
When you almost fell, it was not luck,
I quickly came and held you up.
You are my child.
So walk your walk.
The one you chose just yesterday,
Tomorrow you will do the same.
And step by step
You are closer to me,
Your eyes will open and you will see.
I will be there when your walk is done,
That’s when I carry you in my arms.
Isaiah 30:21 “Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying; this is the way, walk in it.”
To all of you, have a wonderful Easter celebration,
Your friend in Christ, Brunhilde