How many of you remember Easter two years ago? The Easter that we were all on lockdown. During Easter 2020 we took a journey with our TWBC church family through the last 168 of Jesus’s life unfiltered. Before we take a look at Holy Week Unfiltered, we want to invite you to join us this Easter at any of our four Easter Services: Saturday at 5PM, Sunday Morning: 8:30AM, 10:00AM, 11:30AM. www.twbcss.com
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What is Unfiltered? In a day and society of picture taking for social media a lot of the picture taking app and social media apps have “Filters.” Filters can be funny, erase blemishes, make you look better than actual natural picture would.
We have done the same thing with the Bible. We read it through the filter of today, life experiences, our hurts, pains, successes and current situations of life.
The purpose of this series is to peel back the layers and get a raw, natural look at how it actually was.
The first thing you have to understand before we can talk about the last week of Jesus’ life is when the Jewish day starts. A Jewish day begins at sundown. It’s not hard to understand, most think that our day begins when we wake up, but it actually doesn’t, our day actually begins at midnight.
A Jewish day begins at sundown because they go by the Creation Calendar.
Genesis 1:5 “God called the light day the darkness he called night so there was evening and the morning or the first day.”
The reason I wanted to explain that is because as we talk about the Passover, the reason Jesus had the Passover meal on what we consider Thursday evening was because his Friday had begun. We know a Jewish day begins at sundown.
We are going an on a 7-day journey, Friday through Friday, the final week of Jesus. We are going to stop at 9 AM Friday Morning when he was crucified.
I begin to think about Jesus, he knew only had one week to live, just 168 hours. He did a lot more in the last week of his life than what a lot of people think. Most think it was in part of the three years of ministry, but it wasn’t, everything you are about to hear took place the last week.
168 Hours – 7 days before the Passover.
Jesus begins his 168 hours by walking into Jericho.
Jesus goes through Jericho on his way to Jerusalem. While he’s entering Jericho, he heals the blind man named Bartimaeus.
He enters Jericho and he goes to eat at the house of Zacchaeus.
So that happened on the Friday before Passover.
On that Friday also when he’s going through Jericho to Jerusalem, he tells his disciples.
He tells them clearly this is what’s going to happen when I get to Jerusalem.
144 Hours – 6 days before the Passover.
Jesus arrives at Bethany. John 12:1
He has dinner where Martha Served, Lazarus reclined with him and Mary anointed Jesus for burial. Crowds come to see him.
120 Hours – 5 Days before the Passover.
John 12:12 “The next day…” so this would be Sunday. We call it Palm Sunday. Today is Palm Sunday.
Triumphal Entry, Some Greeks Follow Him, Jesus weeps over Jerusalem, Visits the temple, Returns to Bethany
When Jesus was being who they wanted him to be, which was the King, they gave him palms which represent praise.
When Jesus was being who they needed him to be, a savior, they gave him thorns.
The same people that cried out Hosanna on Sunday cried out crucify him on Friday
When Jesus is being who we want him to be, giving us raises, promotions, working out a situation we couldn’t work out, making a way where there is no way, we come to church and wave our palm branches.
Then, when he’s being who we need him to be, which is working on something in our life that needs to be worked out of our life maybe through an adverse situation we give him thorns.
Jesus wants the throne of your heart, but he knew to get there, he would have to go through the thorn of your sin.
96 Hours – 4 days before the Passover.
Jesus goes into back into Jerusalem and he cleanses the temple, this is the second time he cleansed the Temple.
Most people don’t know he cleansed the temple two times. In John 2, at His first Passover and Matthew 21 at His third Passover.
He also curses the Fig tree.
Returns to Bethany with the 12 disciples.
72 Hours – 3 days before the Passover.
Disciples see the withered fig tree. He teaches in the temple nearly all day.
Matthew 21-26, Mark 11-14, Luke 19-22 — that’s all one day
48 Hours – 2 days before the Passover.
2 days before Passover, Jesus continues teaching and the Sanhedrin begins to plot to have Jesus Crucified. (Some say this was silent Wednesday, Jesus spent most of the day alone.)
24 Hours – 1 day before the Passover.
They make their way to Jerusalem to start Passover preparations, because that evening Passover Starts.
Thursday evening at sundown He meets with his disciples for the Passover Meal (Friday has started).
Jesus Washes his disciples’ feet.
Passover Meal – Institution of The Lord’s Supper.
Final Teaching to the Disciples: The Way, Truth & Life, The Gift of the Holy Spirit, High Priestley Prayer over the Disciples (John 13-17)
Jesus Goes to the Garden of Gethsemane to Pray (From Washing the Disciples Feet to the Garden of Gethsemane took place from approximately 8 until just after midnight.)
Judas’ Betrayal and Capturing of Jesus occurs just after midnight
From Midnight until 9 AM Jesus is going to go through 6 trials and his Scourging (Whipping)
- Annas 4. Pilate
- Caiaphas 5. Herod Antipas
- Sanhedrin 6. Pilate
9 AM Jesus is Crucified
Be watching Front Porch News this Friday for an Unfiltered Crucifixion.