Holy Thursday 18 April 2019
17 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” 18 He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” – Matthew 26:17-18
 
Because Jesus is a famous Rabbi the “certain man” in today’s Scripture, is honored to offer his house as the place of Jesus’ last Passover celebration. Jesus’ final meal is a Passover Seder. The Seder celebrates God saving Israel from Egyptian slavery. After His Passover meal, Jesus will save the world from slavery to wrongdoing and death. Passover celebrates Israel’s freedom from Egyptian tyranny. Holy Thursday celebrates the freedom that Jesus, the Passover Lamb of God offers to all who receive and enjoy His love.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Holy Wednesday 17 April 2019
While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. – Matthew 26:6
 
Simon is a prominent religious leader who offers Jesus dinner on the last Wednesday of the Lord’s physical life on earth. The woman who shows up as an unexpected and uninvited guest, offers Jesus her heartfelt devotion by anointing Him with perfume that probably costs all the money she has. Jesus is deeply moved by her extravagant love. We do not know this precious woman’s name. But Jesus knows, and that is what matters. This woman of faith is calling us today to offer our loving devotion to Jesus. What will our extravagant love for Jesus look like today?
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 
Tuesday 16 April 2019
31 But about the resurrection of the dead—have you not read what God said to you, 32 ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.” – Matthew 22:31
 
During the final Tuesday of His physical life on earth Jesus confronts those who mistakenly believe that death is the end. Jesus assures us that God is a God of the living when He says, “I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” If there was no resurrection, then God would have to say, “I was the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” Thankfully, Jesus’ resurrection is an absolute certainty that ends the finality of death. Whenever we come to places where all we can see and feel are endings, Jesus assures us that endings never have the final say. Jesus is alive, God is a God of the living. New beginnings are coming.
 
Affectionately,
Ric
 

Holy Monday 15 April 2019

“Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’” – Matthew 21:5
 
Jesus is secure – secure in His Father’s love for Him; secure in His mission to save the world from death and the devil’s prison; secure in the knowledge that He will win the battle. Because Jesus is secure, He does not ride into Jerusalem on a chariot, nor does He enter Jerusalem on a great battle horse. Jesus enters Jerusalem on a donkey because He knows that true power is not about outward display, but inner strength, inner integrity and inner faithfulness that comes from unity with God. A donkey will do just fine. During times of insecurity please remember that Jesus is with us and within us, filling us with the assurance that He is our strength, our joy and our life and our eternal security.
 
Affectionately,
Ric