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Jesus Christ is the central figure of all human history. No one before or after him has ever come close to duplicating his importance to humanity or his influence on the world. This is because Jesus is “the Word made flesh” (John 1:14), the Creator God clothed in human form. The writer of Hebrews identifies Jesus as “the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature” and informs us that “he upholds the universe by the word of his power” (Hebrews 1:3). Jesus is fully God and fully man, come to reconcile the Father to his wayward children.
Because Jesus is the central figure of human history, he is also the glorious focal point of all the Scriptures. The Old Testament points towards him, the Gospels tell us about him, and the New Testament points us back to him. Jesus himself says that the Scriptures, “bear witness about me” (John 5:39) and John reminds his readers, “these things are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you might have life in his name” (John 20:31).
Jesus is the central figure of history and the Scriptures. No week is more important in the life of Jesus than the last week of his earthly ministry. Beginning on Palm Sunday with his triumphant ride into Jerusalem, the final week of Jesus’ life are the most dramatic, hope-filled, important days in history. Included in the final days of Jesus are the accounts of his final teachings to his closest friends, his brutal crucifixion at the hands of the Roman Empire, and his victorious resurrection from the dead on the first day of the new week.
This devotional guide has been written as a helpful resource for you to walk with Jesus in the Scriptures through the final days of his earthly ministry. We have chosen to use the Gospel of Mark to guide the events of the week. Each daily devotion will come from Mark’s Gospel and will correspond to an event that occurs during Holy Week. Each day will have a reading from the text, a corresponding devotional, and three personal questions for reflection.
It is our recommendation that you read Mark, Chapters 11-16, in its entirety throughout the week, as this devotional guide is intended as a supplemental resource to your personal time in the God’s Word.
A full reading of Jesus’ final week will help draw out, in greater detail, much of what this guide intends to show. It is our sincere hope that this study will draw your eyes, mind, and heart to the beauty in the brutality of the cross and hope in the glory of the resurrection. May our hearts be refreshed as we reflect upon the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord while we eagerly await the day of his return.
The Pastors of Lake Murray Baptist Church