Holy Week

A Devotional From Seacoast Church
Palm Sunday inaugurates Jesus’ last week on earth before his death and resurrection. All of scripture builds to this key time when Jesus fulfills God’s promises. Overcoming death, he restores our relationship with God and offers us the gift of eternal life.
He is not here; for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. Matthew 28:6 (NKJV)
April 17
Resurrection Sunday

Now What?

The Sabbath finally ended. At dawn on Sunday, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary made their way to Jesus’ tomb, having prepared the proper burial spices to anoint his body. Normally, the full Jewish burial rites occurred right after death, but Jesus had died shortly before the Sabbath began and…

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On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.Luke 23:56 (ESV)
April 16
Holy Saturday

Waiting

The disciples didn’t know they were supposed to wait. Roman soldiers were stationed outside the tomb, waiting for a grave robbery. The women were waiting for the Sabbath to end so they could anoint Jesus’ body with spices and give him a proper burial. But the disciples weren’t waiting for…

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My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?Psalm 2:1 (ESV)
April 15
Good Friday

He, Alone

He is praying in a garden while his friends sleep. He wishes they could stay awake and keep him company. He knows what is coming, and even though it is the moment his life has been leading to, he asks his Father if there is any other way. But he…

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A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 
John 13:34 (ESV)
April 14
Maundy Thursday

Take And Eat

In Jerusalem, the crowded streets were lined with the tents of people celebrating the Passover, and the disciples, Peter and John, were on a mission. Jesus had told them to go into the city and look for a man carrying a jug of water. “Tell him,” Jesus said: “My time…

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In pouring this ointment on my body, she has done it to prepare me for burial.Matthew 26:12 (ESV)
April 13
Wednesday

Anointed For Burial

With his disciples, Jesus traveled the short distance from Jerusalem to Bethany for a dinner in his honor. Lazarus, whom Jesus had recently raised from the dead, was celebrating with them, along with his sisters, Mary and Martha. A musky, floral scent of expensive perfume filled the house, as Mary,…

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As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down. 
Luke 21:6 (NIV)
April 12
Tuesday

Warning Of The Days To Come

The following day, large crowds again gathered at the temple to listen intently to Jesus’s words, but the chief priests and the teachers of the law were still looking for a reason to arrest Jesus. They asked his opinion on paying taxes and about the resurrection, certain that his answers…

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I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.
 John 15:1–2 (NIV)
April 11
Monday

Bear Fruit

The next morning, Jesus returned to the city with his disciples after spending the night in nearby Bethany on the slope of the Mount of Olives. Hungry and seeing a fig tree by the side of the road, Jesus looked for figs among the leaves, but found none. “May no…

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Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. 
Zechariah 9:9 (NIV)
April 10
Palm Sunday

Different Kinds of Blindness

When Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey colt, it was the equivalent of him shouting he was  the Messiah. Jesus was intentionally fulfilling the prophecy of Zechariah and letting everyone know it at a very specific time and place. It was the Passover festival when all Jewish men over the…

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