I’m departing from our format for a week for several reasons, but the reason underneath the human reason is that I do believe the LORD wants you to watch this from Paige Benton Brown on the last week of Jesus. It’s the best message I’ve ever seen and it is only on You-Tube until this Tuesday night, March 9th. So (The human reason is that all my posts for upcoming weeks have disappeared due to tech reasons we are trying to solve! I am also publishing this on Saturday in case we don’t have our tech troubles solved and I don’t want to wake up to find this too has disappeared.) Paige has been doing an overview of the whole Bible, and it has been tremendous. She’s covering the New Testament in two weeks. Did you know that all of the gospels spend their 2nd half on the last week of Jesus? I didn’t realize that! I didn’t realize that the bulk of his parables were given in the last week, first to the scoffers as an offer of salvation, and then to His own, to warn them to be ready for the biggest surprise of all — His Return! You can see it in Luke, who gives us an orderly account, but it is not so clear in the others. There are many other surprises you will hear about. Paige says Jesus’ whole life has been one big: SURPRISE. Or Whaaaaaaat?
Nothing about Jesus is what people expected.
It begins with a King in a Manger!
When He enters Jerusalem for HIs coronation march it is not on a white horse, but a donkey!
And the surprises that were all through His life crescendo in this last week.
His crown is not of gold, but of thorns
And, He is not dead, He is Risen!
Here is her message — it’s an hour and a half, so if you want to take it in segments, do so. But take good notes, and finish watching and taking notes by Tuesday night, because the video will disappear, like Cinderella at the Ball.
Sunday: Overview of Jesus Life up to Final Week
- What stands out to you from the above and why?
- Paige begins by reviewing her last week on the first part of Jesus’ life — from His birth to “the week that changed the world” to “the whole point of the Bible.” What surprises does she bring out?
Monday: Palm Sunday, Clearing the Temple, The Cursing of the Fig Tree
3. Why is this “coronation march” on Palm Sunday so surprising?
4. Why do you know Jesus is not the surprise victim of an execution?
5. How had the religious leaders corrupted the purpose of the Temple? How were they like “Ticketmaster?”
6. After Jesus clears the temple of all the corrupt leaders, who comes to Him according to Matthew 21:14?
Last week Paige pointed out the six groups to whom Jesus kept ministering: the poor, the handicapped, the outcasts, the women, the children, and the Samaritans. Anyone who knew their need.
7. What is surprising about His cursing of the fig tree?
Tuesday: Pharisees and Sadducees Unite (Nancy Pelosi and Lindsey Graham team up) and Jesus Invites Them Again Through Parables
8. What brings the enemies of Jesus together? (How surprising is this?)
9. What questions do they ask to try to trap Him?
10. What parables does He speak to them to try to show them the trouble they are in if they do not repent?
11. She closes with two “wedding parables.” What are they and what is the point of them?
12. After the parables Jesus warns the people about their leaders through the woes of Matthew 23. What are some of them?
Wednesday: Jesus Speaks To His Disciples and Us — Be Ready for The Biggest Surprise of All — It Will Come Like A Thief in the Night
13. The disciples are impressed with Jerusalem’s magnificent temple — what does Jesus tell them? (Mark 13) What does He tell them will happen to this Temple? How was this fulfilled?
14. How does this destruction foreshadow God’s final judgment?
15. He now speaks to them in parables which all speak of being ready for the King to return. What were some of those parables?
16. In the Upper Room at the last supper, He shows them what we should be doing to be ready. What is it?
17. What are some of the human reasons Jesus was betrayed and crucified? What was the ultimate reason?
Thursday: Passover and Trial
18 How does Jesus re-arrange everything at this last Passover supper?
19. What does Paige think Jesus chose Peter, James, and John to come to Gethsemane?
20. Why is His suffering so great in Gethsemane? What does “the cup” mean?
21. Why is the trial so weird? Why does He have to be convicted both by Rome and the Jews?
22. All four gospels show Peter’s denial. “While Peter is denying outside, Jesus is inside not denying but preparing to die for His closest followers. Paige said, “There is no such thing as a committed Christian, only a committed God.” Do you agree or not? Explain.
Friday: Crucifixion and Resurrection
23. What stood out to you about Paige’s description of the crucifixion and why?
24. These things were said by those watching the crucifixion. Explain how they were ironically true:
- He saved others, but he cannot save himself.
- Let his blood be on us and our children.
25. When Jesus cried “My God My God” He didn’t use the word “Abba.” But when He said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit, ” He did! Comments?
26. What are some of the ways God confirmed this truly was His Son when Jesus died?
27. Post Resurrection Appearances — comment on anything you learned from:
- the “Marys”
- the walk to Emmaus
28. Anything else you want to share
Saturday: We are Jesus’ Joy — Is Jesus Our Joy?
29. How would you respond to this?
30. What is your take-a-way from this week and why?
Back, Lord willing, to the Puritans next week!