Category Archives: Holy Week 2012

Holy Week 2012: The Third Day

Read:  John 20:1-18 Every time we affirm our faith, we say “on the third day he arose from the dead.”  Why not say, “on Easter Sunday he arose from the dead?” Simply because Jesus could not make it to Easter … Continue reading

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Holy Week 2012: The Day of Numbness

Read:  John 19:38-42 “They laid Jesus there.”  That’s all that could be said.  The body was dead.  Jesus’ friends did their duty and left.  Saturday was the day of numbness. Years ago, I spoke with a man in Detroit.  It … Continue reading

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Holy Week 2012: When We See the Cross

Read:  John 18:1-19 and 19:16 The one who made the hands of his betrayers and executioners is now in their hands.  The one who has known no sin will soon become sin.  It is an amazing day, an awful day, and … Continue reading

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Holy Week: An Illustrated Commandment

Read:  John 13:1-17; 31-35. Educators never fail to remind us that we learn by example.  Abstract concepts, no matter how necessary and true, must be seen.  Reality never takes root without incarnation. It’s difficult enough to hear “love one another.”  … Continue reading

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Holy Week 2012: Who Will We Be?

Read:  John 13:21-32 Today’s lesson gives us the choice of becoming one of three people:  John, Peter, or Judas.  They are all involved in the text. John is the one who represents the ideal.  He represents those who “hang in … Continue reading

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Holy Week 2012: Death and Life

Read:  John 12: 20-36 We only hear the voice of God a few times in the Gospels.  This is one of those times.  God speaks about a soon-t0-come “glorification.”  Jesus interprets it (again—see John 3:14) in relation to the serpent … Continue reading

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Holy Week 2012: Dead Man Walking

Read:  John 12:1-11 When people know they are going to die, they reveal how they want to live.  In the case of Jesus, he did not have to alter his plans.  He simply continued to be the person he had … Continue reading

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