Sunday was Palm Sunday and I encouraged our church to reflect on Jesus’ last week as we approach Resurrection Sunday. I provided them a handout that harmonized the gospel accounts and explained what Jesus did each day. I challenged them to read each day during Passion Week what Jesus did for their daily Bible reading. Below is the outline.
JESUS’ LAST WEEK
- Mary anoints Jesus (John 12:2-8; cf., Matt 26:6-13)
- Jesus enters Jerusalem (Matt 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-10; John 12:12-18)
- Jesus surveys temple area and returns to Bethany (Mark 11:11)
- Jesus cleanses the temple (Matt 21:12-13; Mark 11:15-17)
- Jesus curses the fig-tree (21:18-22; cf., Mark 11:12-14)
- Jesus teaches and performs miracles in temple (Matt 21:14-16; Mark 11:18)
- Jesus returns to Bethany (Mark 11:19)
- Disciples ask about fig-tree cursing (Matt 21:20-22; Mark11:20-21)
- Jesus confronts religious leaders and nation (Matt 21:23-23:39; Mark 11:27-12:44)
- Jesus gives Olivet Discourse and returns to Bethany (Matt 24:1-25:46; Mark 13:1-37)
- Very little recorded in the gospels. Jesus remains with disciples in Bethany. Judas arranges betrayal of Jesus (Matt 26:14-16; Mark 14:10-11)
- Preparations for Passover (Matt 26:17-19; Mark 14:12-16)
- Passover and Last Supper (Matt 26:20-35; Mark 14:17-26)
- Jesus gives final words to disciples (John 13-17)
- Jesus goes to Garden of Gethsemane to pray (Matt 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42)
Friday (after midnight)
- Jesus is betrayed and arrested (Matt 26:47-56; Mark 14:43-52).
- Jesus is on trial with Jews (John 18:13-24; Matt 26:57-75, 27:1-2; Mark 14:53-65, 15:1)
- Jesus is on trial with Romans (Matt 27:2-26; Mark 15:2-15; Luke 23:6-12).
- Jesus is crucified (between 9am – 3pm; Matt 27:27-66; Mark 15:16-39)
- Jesus is in the tomb
Sunday (He is Risen!)
- Disciples and women attest to the resurrection (Matt 28:1-8; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-12)
- Jesus appears to disciples (Matt 28:9-20; Luke 24:13-53; John 20-21)
Jim Hamilton tells us how:
The best thing a man can do for his personal Bible reading is join a strong local church where the Bible is preached and the gospel is clear. Likewise, the best thing a man can do for his personal prayer life is join a strong local church where the Bible is preached and the gospel is clear.
Jim Hamilton answers this question. He makes a clear argument for the need to produce translations that show the connections between the Old Testament and New Testament. Read it here. Because translations don’t always make these connections apparent it is important (if possible) to learn the original languages and see these connections for yourself. Greg Beale is very helpful at making these linguistic connections in his books.
For further reflection read Hamilton’s essay on “Biblical Theology and Preaching” where he makes the single most convincing argument (at least in my opinion) of why pastors need to know and read the original languages. Read it here.
Matt Svoboda at SBC Voices has some good words about fighting biblical and theological ignorance. His second point resonated with me. Here is what he wrote:
Don’t be soft on Sundays– Many churches have fallen into this thought process that we have to preach as if everyone is as theologically slow as a turtle. But they aren’t. If we never move beyond a 5th grade level of biblical depth our congregations won’t either. Remember, church is primarily for believers. Colossians 1:9-10 encourages us to grow in the “knowledge of God and to bear fruit in every good work.” Sadly, most sermons do not help people grow in the knowledge of God, but rather merely encourages people to “live good christian lives.” Our transformation is based on what we know about our great God. We can’t grow more intimate with God without growing in our knowledge of him. I can’t grow in love for my wife if I don’t continue to learn about her.
My belief has always been to challenge your hearers to “come up” to your level of understanding, rather than always “going down” to their level. Certainly this doesn’t imply confusing your hearers, but it does mean stimulating their minds to deeper and greater thoughts about God and Scripture. Good to see that someone else agrees. Read it here.
I have tried to be very careful not to make my blog about the latest thing in Evangelicalism that is frustrating me, but I have to say something now. Bad exegesis exists everywhere, but for some reason, within the last two months I have read and/or heard many respected Reformed Evangelical preachers/teachers commit the errors highlighted in D. A. Carson’s book, Exegetical Fallacies. I was very disappointed and wondered if they had ever read Carson’s book. Thus, I make a plea to every pastor, teacher, and Christian out there–read and re-read Carson’s book. Even if you don’t know Hebrew or Greek the overall insights in the book are invaluable. If you have not read Carson’s book; please buy a copy, read it, and pass it on to a friend.
Zondervan has a new Counterpoint Series book due out in November: Four Views on Moving Beyond the Bible to Theology.
Here are the contributors:
– Walter C. Kaiser, Jr.: A Principlizing Model
– Daniel M. Doriani: A Redemptive-Historical Model
– Kevin J. Vanhoozer: A Drama-of-Redemption Model
– William J. Webb: A Redemptive-Movement Model
Should be interesting. See it here.
Jim Hamilton has written three thought provoking posts. Click below to read them.