THURSDAY-FRIDAY: This is a bit quickly put together. But I was just thinking about the remarkable ministry Jesus performed during his last 24 hours.
1. Fellowship--He earnestly desired to share the Passover meal with His friends
2. Service--He washed his disciples feet. Not only did he show us how Christian leaders are to serve and not take advantage, but by washing their feet, he also for-shadowed the way that He would send us out into the world as His representatives. How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!" (Isaiah 52:7)
3. Relationship--He spent time in prayer with His Father and came into agreement with His will
5. Healing--He healed a soldier's ear when Peter cut it off
6. Mercy and Forgiveness--His character convinced the thief on the cross to repent and recognize the goodness of Jesus. He saved the man and promised Him eternal life right then and there.
7. Intercession: He prayed to God to forgive those who crucified Him. (really-All of us)
8. Providential care--On the cross, He entrusted Mary to John's care and John to Mary's care. He made sure that His mother would be cared for and that his close friend would not be left all alone.
9. Trust--He committed Himself entirely into God's hands. When Jesus cried out "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" He was quoting Psalm 22. This Psalm declares the faithfulness of God to the generations of Israel and this phrase was a cry for help. Verse 24 declares He has not hidden his face from Him, but has heard when he cried to him. Heaven did NOT look away.
10. Strength--As he drew his last breath, even in the midst of suffering, He shouted triumphantly "TELEO." Which means "It is Finished." or '"It has been accomplished." In the last line of Psalm 22, which is a narrative of the cross, it reads It shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation, they shall come and proclaim the righteousness to a people yet unborn, that HE HAS DONE IT. Then the whole earth shook, the veil of the temple was torn in two, showing that we were no longer separated from God. And the Roman soldier declared that surely Jesus was the Son of God. The Christ didn't whimper on the cross. He shouted a great victory cry.
We can learn so much from Jesus' actions alone during that last 24 hours. The words He shared with His disciples go further still. John records the depth and wealth of the teachings that Jesus' shared that final evening and you can read about it John 13-17. Most importantly, On Sunday....................................HE ROSE AGAIN!!!!!!!!!