Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Journey through Holy Week

Thank you for the good session we enjoyed on Monday looking through each Gospel writer's approach to Holy Week.  As we make our personal journey through this Holy Week, our group plan is to select one of the Gospels and simply read through the narrative from Palm Sunday to Easter.

Choose to read one of the following:
Matthew 21 - 28
Mark 11 - 16
Luke 19:28 - 24:12
John 12:12 - 20:25

As you finish the reading:  Make a brief post sharing the Gospel section you read along with something that really stands out to you; maybe something that you had never noticed before and found meaningful.

FOR Monday, April 17, bring the following to class:
1.  Miller, Blue Like Jazz and Foster, Celebration of Discipline
2.  Your very colorful course Notebook.

A blessed Holy Week and Easter to you,
Gerald Chafin


Tara Pierce said...

One particular part that stuck out to me in the Matthew(26) account was Judas Iscariot. I couldn't help but thinking to myself how many judge Judas for selling out Jesus for 30 pieces of silver when we so often sell him out for much less. Whatever selfish desire it is, we too have betrayed Jesus.

Aaran Taylor said...

I read Mark's account of the Holy Week and what I found interesting was Mark 15:23 which states, "Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it." I had ran across this verse before, but this time when I read it, it stuck out tremendously for some reason. After some research on the topic, I found that this concoction was actually a "drug" that was used to eliminate the pain while being crucified. As the cogs in my mind started to turn, I wondered how hard it would have been for Jesus to turn down the drink. After being whipped and beaten, tortured, and forced to carry his cross, he was parched. Anyone would need something to drink after that for sure. I then seen a reference to the same account in Matthew's gospel that says that Jesus took a drink first, smelled the myrrh, and then refused it afterward. That would be insanely harder. To have the liquid soothe your throat, and then refuse the rest of the drink because it was a drug. Incredible. So no matter how you take it, whether it be that Jesus refused because it was a drug, or that Jesus refused because he wanted to experience the crucifixion in the most real way possible, it was incredible will power from our Lord to deny the temptation in a time that is so important to our whole Christian faith.

Matthew Abel said...

I read the Holy Week narrative from the Gospel of Luke this week. One thing that stood out to me wasn't actually as I was reading but as Derrick Kisita preached about it on Good Friday. He had the verse Luke 23:43 where Jesus says "Today you will be with me in paradise." Derrick, being a nursing student, described the anatomy of crucifixion. He then talked about how we typically read the words of Jesus on the cross quickly and eloquently when in fact he likely labored over very word and each pause was accentuated with heaving as he tried to articulate himself. It struck me as amazing that in moments when any other human would be focused on nothing beyond breathing our Lord was focused on the people around him and he used every last breath to its fullest extent.

Connor Howard said...

As I was reading Luke 19:28-47 a particular section stood out to me Luke 19:30-34 says “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’ Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “why are you untying the colt?” They replied, “The Lord needs it.” I had one question about this passage and that was “why did the colts owners just let the disciples have it?” Then I remembered that this was at the peak of Jesus’ year of popularity, he would've been widely known, and thats why the colts owners were so willing to let the disciples have the colt.

Taylor Evans said...

I chose to read through Matthew's account of Holy Week this past week. At the beginning it was all of the same parables that I hear or read every year, but when Jesus went to Gethsemane in Matthew chapter 26 I noticed something different this year. In verse 38 he says, “...My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” I have never noticed just how human Jesus was until I read this verse. When I think of Jesus and I think Savior of the World who is about to walk out of the tomb, I don’t think of someone with their heart crushed by grief. This really put into perspective that Jesus was FULLY human. That may seems like a small revelation, because I have heard this taught many times before, this verse just really drove that home for me this year.

Jayce Grant said...

I read through Matthew's Holy Week. The passages that stuck out to me was 26:6-13. When a woman poured a jar of expensive perfume on Jesus head and the disciples scolded her saying that she could have sold that money and gave it to the poor.But Jesus said "Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 11 The poor you will always have with you,[a] but you will not always have me. 12 When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 13 Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” when he said the poor will always have you shows that he wants us to not turn back to our old ways of life (like when they went fishing) but to pick up our cross and continue to minister and serve others.

Jacob Smith said...

I spent my reading through holy week focused on the gospel of mark. It was a great read and really enlightened me on what really happened in Jesus last days. Mark chapter 15 I found to be extremely intense and also so sad when Jesus is delivered by his own people to pilate. You can feel the guilt in the words and the same in the papers and I really enjoyed reading this throughout the holy week.