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March 27, 2015 -- Issue #10



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Palm Leaf Cross

We've updated our Palm Leaf Cross directions, just in time for Palm Sunday! Feel free to print and distribute them to your church members this Sunday. They're fun to make and a nice keepsake remembrance! Get the Palm Leaf Cross directions.



Good Friday and Passover

Good Friday is April 3rd this year, and Passover begins at sunset the same day!

Passover is the first of the special holy day feasts God commanded his people to celebrate (Exodus 12:1-5). It is observed on the 14th day of the first month of the Hebrew calendar, our March or April. The next six feasts are built upon this one special feast! In the same way, Easter follows Christmas. If Jesus hadn’t been born, we couldn’t celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. Likewise, without Passover, the other feasts could not have happened either. 

Passover not only looks back to the time when God rescued Israel from slavery in Egypt, but also to when God sent Jesus, the perfect Lamb of God, to be our Passover Lamb. Jesus died on Good Friday, shedding his own blood, to rescue us from our slavery to sin. 

Learn more about Christ in the Passover and the celebration of Easter.



Holy Week

The high holy days of the Christian faith are approaching. The events of Holy Week are remembered and rehearsed because they mark the mighty acts of God for our salvation. Palm Sunday, marks Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on what was lamb selection day of the Passover observance. Jewish families would purchase a lamb without blemish four days before the lamb was to be sacrificed. They would care for the lamb and then bring the lamb to the Temple to sacrifice it. Jesus then celebrates the Seder meal with His disciples and announces that He has just ratified the New Covenant of Jeremiah 31 in which God will write the Torah on their hearts and remember their sins no more as He gives them the cup saying, “This cup is the New Covenant in my blood, which is shed for you and for many for the remission of sins. Drink this all of you, in remembrance of me.”

Jesus goes to the Temple following the meal and they sing Psalm 118, the messianic psalm which describes how the leaders of Israel will reject . . . 

Continue reading about Holy Week.


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