Sunday, April 2, 2023

Beautiful Feet

Bobservations' Column
Pastor Bob Lawrenz

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Passion Week, and some of Jesus’ best and cherished teachings as He prepares His Disciples for the commission He will give them to take the Good News to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8).

If we daily stay in the Word this week, the Gospels cover great lessons: the disbelief of the Apostles as He announces His coming death (John 12:20-36). His return to Bethany, staying with Mary, Martha, and Lazarus.

Monday we will read of the nation of Israel in the parable of the cursed fig tree (Matthew 21:18-19). A dead faith and vain teachings have no place in God’s Kingdom. Jesus cleanses the Temple of the money-changers, restoring holiness to the House of the Lord, and His return to Bethany again.

Tuesday, more on the withered fig tree (Matthew 21:20-22), as He affirms His authority; teaches on the two sons; the vine dressers; the Marriage Feast; tribute to Caesar; exposes the error of the Sadducees; gives the Great Commandment; and offers insight as the Son of David and the Lord of David; exposes the hypocrisy of the Scribes and Pharisees; teaches about giving in the parable of the Widow’s mite. He prophesies on Jerusalem and the end of the world; teaches us of wisdom and self-control in the parable of the ten virgins, and the parable of the talents; the Last Judgment, and foretells again of His coming death (all from Matthew 21:23 – 26:1-12).

Wednesday we read of the conspiracy against Jesus, and Judas’ betrayal (Matthew 26:1-12 and 114-16).

Thursday brings us to the Last Supper, the Seder Meal for the Passover Feast.

Jesus’ teachings during this week are warm and personal for those closest to Him, and they are instructive examples of what to expect, and how to respond.

He leaves them with all this knowledge and they witness how He wants them to know ahead of time what to expect. These are prophetic utterances to all those who follow Him, and that includes every Christian or every denomination.
"Henceforth I call you not servants for the servant knoweth not what his Lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things I have heard of my Father, I have made known unto you.” - John 15:15

Today's Audio Message:
Matthew 21:1-27 - "Beautiful Feet"

In ancient times, a King would ride a horse into town if he was declaring war. When a leader chose instead to ride a donkey it signified that he was coming in peace. This choice alone spoke greatly to what Jesus was doing. Not only was he declaring He was King. He was symbolizing the truth that the battle was over, the victory had been won and the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Peace had been established.

But there was more. Jesus was fulfilling the prophecy by Zechariah over 400 years before about the Messiah who would come.  Jesus was entering into Jerusalem as the conquering King. He had come to them. He brought salvation.

Historians say that some 2 1/2 million Jewish people would have been in Jerusalem for Passover that week. They had traveled from all over to be part of the festivities and also to sacrifice a lamb for their sins. This ride not only was a fulfillment of prophecy, Jesus was intentionally making a statement to the entire crowd and population that He was the Messiah. He alone held salvation. He alone held peace.

Summary/Notes: Coming Soon!

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