March 26th, 2018 — IGNITE

Have you ever heard anyone ask the question… “If you knew you only had one year to live, what would you do?” Our mind races to think of all the things we would try to fit into our lives before we left this world. The places we would go… the people we would see… the things we would do!

But what if we only had one week left? Kind of a depressing thought, isn’t it? To think that at the end of this week we would die. But that’s exactly what Jesus knew as He entered this week. He knew that by weeks end He would be nailed to the cross for all humanity and die.

So what did He do with His last week? In our devotions this week, I’ll try to give you a day to day recap of all that He fit into His last week.

Yesterday was a blur. It was a grand celebration as Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and the people shouted, “Hosanna.” That was the first day of the week. And then came Monday. On His way back into Jerusalem from the town of Bethany, where He stayed with HIs friends, Mary, Martha, and Lazarus, He was hungry and saw a fig tree. However the tree had no fruit on it. So Jesus cursed the fig tree.

Have you ever asked yourself why Jesus was even hungry? Was it because Mary and Martha were such bad host they didn’t make Him breakfast? Or might it have been Jesus knew what He was walking into? When you’re stressed, what do you do? Jesus was hungry, giving us a clue as to what He knew was coming.

It was then while in Jerusalem Jesus went into the temple and cleansed it. This was the second time He did that. The first time was when He started His ministry three years ago. Because the Law of Moses permitted the selling of animals in the temple for sacrifices, Jesus wasn’t objecting that, but the way it was being done. Instead of being a help to their kinsman from out of town, they were jacking the prices up and making a huge profit, therefore making a joke out of the sacrifice. The truth was, He was the ultimate sacrifice.

That same day, after the dust had settled in the temple, the Bible tells us there were some Greeks in the temple that wanted to talk to Jesus. This is what they said to Philip…
“We wish to see Jesus.” John 12:21

Don’t know if you’ve ever seen that before. These men were Greeks, Gentiles, not Jews, and they wanted to see Jesus. The Jewish leaders were seeking too, but were seeking how they might destroy Him, because, “they feared Him.” (Mark 11:18) These Gentiles wanted to see Him, hear Him, and know Him.

That was Monday. Jesus then walked back to Mary and Martha’s house in Bethany, probably to prepare for the next day. Now there are only four days left before He’d die.

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Walk with Jesus this week. Feel the pressure. Experience the pain. Sense the tension. This is the last week – live it with Him.

Father,

Help me focus this week on my Savior and His last days. Jesus in Your name I ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen