|JESUS THE FINAL DAYS IN JERUSALEM
Jesus told His disciples, “When we get to Jerusalem, the Son of God will be crucified and after three days, He will rise from the dead!”
As they neared Jerusalem, the people waved branches shouting, “Hosanna! Save us Lord! Save us!”
The Priests were cheating the common people of money, so Jesus gave them a good whipping.
Every evening they would leave Jerusalem, sometimes Jesus would stay with his friend Lazarus.
The following day they would all return to the temple.
The religious people shouted at Jesus, “By what authority do you do these things?” Jesus responded;
“Was John the Baptist from man or from God?” They whispered;
“If we say it was God, Jesus will ask why we ignored John. If we say it wasn’t God, the people will turn against us.” S
“We can’t answer you”. Jesus responded, “Neither will I answer you.”
In the temple a widow placed her last two coins in the offering, Jesus said, “This woman has given more than the rich, for they have plenty left.”
Overlooking Jerusalem Jesus told His followers that the magnificent temple would be destroyed.
That evening at supper, a woman arrived with some expensive perfume and anointed Jesus. Judas said;
“What a waste! The perfume could have been sold and the money given to the poor!”
For a sum of money, Judas plotted with the religious leaders to assassinate Jesus.
The Passover celebration arrived, so Jesus and His disciples journeyed to the upper room for the feast.
Jesus broke the bread saying, “My body will be broken like this for you.”
Then He passed round the wine, “My blood is to be poured out for you. Do this in remembrance of me”
To their surprise, he then began washing their feet.
“The greatest among you, is the servant of all” Then Jesus said;
“The one who dips bread in the dish with me, he will betray me.”
The Lord spoke to Judas, “Do it quickly!” And Judas went out into the night.
Then they went to the garden of Gethsamene, Peter said;
“Lord, I will never leave you.” Jesus replied;
“Peter before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times.” Then Jesus left.
And went to pray by himself.
Suddenly, they were surrounded by Roman soldiers, “Who is Jesus?” “I am” said the Lord, Judas said;
“Greetings teacher.” Jesus replied, “Are you betraying the Son of God with a Kiss.”
Jesus was placed in a mock trial before the religious leaders. “Do you claim to be God’s Son?” “Yes,” replied the Lord. The High Priest screamed;
“He deserves to be put to death!”
In the courtyard, just as Peter denied the Lord for the third time, he heard the cockcrow.
The soldiers blindfolded Jesus, “If you are God’s Son, then tell us who hit you?”
When the religious leaders bought Jesus to Pilate, Pilate found him not guilty of any crime.
Then the delegation took Jesus to King Herod. Herod laughed;
“You call yourself a king?” So they dressed Him in one of the king’s robes. But Herod also found Him not guilty, and sent Him back to Pilate. The religious leaders shouted;
“ Kill Him! Kill Him!” To appease them Pilate said;
“I will have Him flogged, and then release Him.”
Then they placed a crown of thorns on His head.
Before they flogged Him, they dressed Him in a king’s robe, spat at Him, and bowed saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” The religious leaders shouted;
“Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” Pilate called for a bowl of water;
“I wash my hands, I am innocent of this man’s blood!”
Jesus was handed over to the crowd and was made to carry a cross to the place of execution.
When they reached the hill, they stripped Him of His clothes and totally naked, they nailed His hands and feet to the cross.
Jesus was lifted up with a criminal on either side. Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them.
Pilate ordered a sign to be put on the cross saying, ‘JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS’ One of the criminals shouted;
“If you’re the Son of God, why don’t you save yourself, and us.” The other terrorist responded;
“We deserve to be here, but this man is innocent.” Then he turned to Jesus and said;
“Lord, remember me when you come in your kingdom.” Jesus replied, “Today you will be with me in paradise.”
The Roman soldiers played dice, for the Lord’s clothing and some religious leader’s mocked saying;
“If you’re the Son of God, save yourself!”
One of the soldiers gave Jesus a drink from a sponge on a stick. At three o’clock, Jesus cried out;
“It is finished! Father into your hands I commit my spirit.”
Then He bowed His head and died.
Just then there was a great earthquake.
And there was a great panic among the religious leaders. The Roman centurion said;
“Surely this man is the Son of God.” When the soldiers found Jesus to be dead;
They stabbed Him.
Nicodemus asked Pilate, for permission to put the body in his own tomb.
They wrapped the body of the Lord in burial clothes. It was then sealed in the tomb and guards were appointed.
Three days later there was an earthquake, then when an angel appeared.
The guards fell to the ground like dead men.
Three women believers were making their way to the tomb, the angel said to them;
“Do you remember Jesus told you, He would rise again after three days and nights.”
When the women told the disciples, they refused to believe.
So Peter and John ran to the tomb.
But they found it empty just as the women had said.
Later the Lord appeared to one of the women outside the tomb.
The same day the Lord walked with two of His followers and explained from the scriptures how the Messiah must suffer.
As the disciples ate supper, Jesus appeared saying, “Why do you doubt? Peace I bring to you.”
“It is I Jesus, look at the nail prints in my hands and feet.” But many still did not believe.
Sometime later, the men had been fishing all night and had caught nothing. A man on the shore shouted;
“Cast your net on the other side and you will catch some fish.”
They did and they caught so many fish they couldn’t land the net. One of the men said;
“It must be the Lord.”
So Peter jumped out of the boat and made his way to the shore.
The others dragged the catch of fish onto the beach. The Lord said to them;
“Come, dine with me.” Some time later Jesus said to His followers;
“Go into all the world, and preach the good news to every person. Whoever believes and is baptised, will be saved.
Jesus was taken up to heaven in a cloud of power and glory.
Then Peter and the followers started to meet in an upstairs room in Jerusalem.
One day a rushing wind with flames of fire came from heaven, and, as they were filled with the Holy Spirit, they began to speak in new languages.
Peter boldly preached “God promised that He would pour out His Spirit on all flesh, in the last days.”
That same day around three thousand people were saved and baptised. These events took place in the year 33.