4/14 受難週第一天



2019 Passion Week Daily Devotion

Passover was a festival set by Jehovah for the Israelites to commemorate that God had freed them from the Egyptians. “… And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. ‘So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance.” (Ex 12:13b-14) The Jews never thought that the blood of the lamb symbolizes Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who became the Lamb of the Passover.  He bore the sin of the world, was crucified on the cross and rose from the dead on the third day. From then on, churches began to commemorate Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. According to church traditions, the week before the Resurrection is known as Passion Week or Holy Week, and the day of his resurrection (Sunday) became the beginning of our week.

According to the Four Gospels, Passion Week began with Jesus riding the colt of a donkey into Jerusalem. He purged the temple, had the Last Supper, and went to pray at the Garden of Gethsemane. Then he was betrayed, arrested, tried, humiliated, crucified, died and was buried, and resurrected on the third day. Friday is the most important day in Passion Week and is called Good Friday.


·         Hope we can use this designated time to worship Jesus Christ our Savior, with our hearts and actions, and practice walking with Him through Scripture reading and meditation.

1.       By grace through prayer offer yourself in “Holiness Unto the Lord”

2.       Designate a quiet time before the Lord to pray and meditate upon Scripture passages and hymns selected by the church. Write down any thoughts and experiences from your fellowship with God as an offering unto Him.

3.       With a thankful heart, choose to “fast a meal, love a neighbor – experience the love of Christ with your heart and share this love in your actions”. (note 1: e.g., care for the homeless, support local missions, etc.)

4.       During this period, practice: not giving in to anger, not complaining, not judging, not being discouraged, not talking negatively, speaking only edifying words, not indulging in entertainment, not playing video games….


5.    In the light of the Holy Spirit, humble ourselves and keep from unclean things, repent and let the blood of Jesus wash away all of our sins. Bring any objects associated with idols to the church on Friday to be incinerated during the “cleansing fire” gathering along with the confession list.

Suggested Action Items for Passion Week

Please choose at least two items from each column of “Do” and “Don’t” to practice every day during Passion Week.


Do
Don't
Study the daily message with your whole family
No online shopping
Meditate and pray for 15-30 min. daily
No social media (eg: Facebook)
Praise and thank God with songs for 15-30 min. daily
No video games
Read the Bible for 15-30 min. daily
No TV, Netflix, YouTube, etc.
Memorize Bible verses daily, examine your own heart in light of those verses
Abstain from eating one kind of food you enjoy (eg: meat, sweet food)
Pray for at least one friend for his/her salvation
Quit one bad habit (eg: being late, complaining)
Fast a meal daily
No gossiping nor de-edifying speech
Examine yourself spiritually, upon rising and retiring
Do not disobey the Holy Spirit
Learn daily about how to pray more effectively
Do not grow weary in well-doing in the Body
Learn daily how to share the gospel more effectively
Do not grow weary in well-doing in the world

The First Day of Passion Week

Introduction:

Today is “Palm Sunday”, the Sunday before Jesus’ resurrection. It is also the first day of Passion Week. On this day, Jesus obeyed the Father’s will as He rode the donkey’s colt into Jerusalem. The crowd cut palm branches and went out to meet Him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” (John 12:13). This was Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. When He saw the holy city, He cried for what was about to happen. That night, Jesus returned to Bethany and stayed with Mary, Martha, and Lazarus.

Key Events:

Events/Facts
Location
Matthew
Mark
Luke
John
1 Jesus rode the colt to Jerusalem
Bethany to Jerusalem
 21:1‐11
 11:1‐10
19:29‐40
12:12‐19
2 Jesus cried for Jerusalem
Jerusalem


19:41‐44

3 Jesus stayed in Bethany
Bethany
21:17
11:11



Key Verses:

Matthew 21:1-11 Behold, Your King Is Coming to You
1 Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. 3 And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.” 4 All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: 5 “Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.’” 6 So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. 8 And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Hosanna in the highest!” 10 And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?” 11 So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”

Meditation:




2019 耶穌受難周 每日靈修


簡 介
逾越節是耶和華 神親自吩咐以色列人要守的節期,記念 神救贖他們脫離埃及免於死亡。“……這血要在你們所住的房屋上作記號;我一見這血,就越過你們去。我擊殺埃及地頭生的時候,災殃必不臨到你們身上滅你們。你們要記念這日,守為耶和華的節,作為你們世世代代永遠的定例。(出12:13b-14) 以色列人無論如何也想不到,抹在門口羔羊的血正預表 神的兒子耶穌基督,祂成為逾越節的羔羊,為除去罪孽甘心背負世人的罪被釘在十字架上,並在七日的第一日從死裡復活。後來眾教會逐漸開始每年都會記念耶穌基督的受難與復活,根據教會傳統,從復活節的前一個主日開始算起這一週,被稱為受難週(Passion Week) 或「聖週」(Holy Week)
根據四福音的記載,受難週是從耶穌騎驢進耶路撒冷,潔淨聖殿,最後的晚餐,來到客西馬尼園禱告等,後來被賣、被捕、被審、被辱、被釘死在十字架上,埋葬,到第三天 神叫祂從死裡復活。週五是受難週最重要的一天,被稱為受難日(Good Friday)。


耶穌受難週的具體行動建議

請從以下要做不要做的列表中,至少各選二項,耶穌受難週每天操練。
要做
不要做
每天全家一起靈修當日信息
不上網購物
每天15-30分鐘默想禱告
不用社交網路(微信,臉書等)
每天15-30分鐘唱詩讚美神,並獻上感恩
不玩電動遊戲
每天15-30分鐘讀經
不看電視
每天背誦一段經文
禁吃一種食物 (例如:不吃肉,不吃甜食)
每天至少為一位福音朋友的救恩迫切禱告
戒掉一個壞習慣 (例如:不遲到,不抱怨)
每天選擇一餐禁食
不說閒話或不造就人的話
每天睡前省察自己
不要消滅聖靈的感動
其他(自訂)
其他(自訂)


   4/14 受難週第一天 

簡介:
今天是棕櫚主日Palm Sunday),是復活節前的主日,也是受難週開始的第一天。在這一天我們看見主耶穌順服父 神的旨意,面如堅石地騎著驢駒子去耶路撒冷,群眾手拿著棕樹枝出去熱情迎接祂,並且口裡喊著說:「和散那!奉主名來的以色列王是應當稱頌的!」(約翰福音 12:13)這是主耶穌最後一次進入耶路撒冷,當祂看見聖城就不禁為它將來要遭遇的景況大聲哀哭。晚上,祂回到伯大尼到祂所愛的馬大、馬利亞、拉撒路的家中住宿。

主要事件:

事件/史實
地 點
馬太
馬可
路加
約翰
1 耶穌騎驢進聖城
 伯大尼至耶路 撒冷
21:1‐11
11:1‐10
19:29‐40
12:12‐19
2 耶穌為聖城哀哭
 耶路撒冷


19:41‐44

3 耶穌夜宿伯大尼
伯大尼
21:17
 11:11



鑰節:
21:1-11  
1耶穌和門徒將近耶路撒冷,到了伯法其,在橄欖山那裡, 2 耶穌就打發兩個門徒,對他們說:「你們往對面村子裡去,必看見一匹驢拴在那裡,還有驢駒同在一處。你們解開,牽到我這裡來。 3 若有人對你們說什麼,你們就說:『主要用牠。』那人必立時讓你們牽來。」 4 這事成就,是要應驗先知的話說: 5 「要對錫安的居民說:『看哪,你的王來到你這裡,是溫柔的,又騎著驢,就是騎著驢駒子。』」 6 門徒就照耶穌所吩咐的去行, 7 牽了驢和驢駒來,把自己的衣服搭在上面,耶穌就騎上。 8 眾人多半把衣服鋪在路上,還有人砍下樹枝來鋪在路上。 9 前行後隨的眾人喊著說:「和散那歸於大衛的子孫!奉主名來的是應當稱頌的!高高在上和散那!」 10 耶穌既進了耶路撒冷,合城都驚動了,說:「這是誰?」 11 眾人說:「這是加利利拿撒勒的先知耶穌。」

默想:
       每次讀到這段經文時,想到主耶穌是何等的傷心啊!因為祂這個時候早就知道這群熱情歡迎祂的群眾,包括門徒在內,並不真正了解祂的身份。這群人現在高聲歡呼和散那,幾天後他們便極力地喊著說:「把祂釘十字架!」,連祂親愛的門徒也要出賣祂、離棄祂、否認祂。真是感謝主流血捨命的大愛,我們雖然刻變時反,這麼不配不堪,但是主耶穌卻定意要愛我們就愛到底,救我們就救到底!「和散那歸於大衛的子孫!奉主名來的是應當稱頌的!高高在上和散那!」

詩歌:SH278  和散那

            

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