Gill and I had a wonderful Passover-Easter weekend and were invited to teach three services at Immanuel Church in Umhlanga Rocks (South Africa). What a joy and privilege to do the theme of “Reliving with Jesus…”.
On Thursday night I taught “Reliving the Passover Meal and Gethsemane with Jesus and his Apostles”
On Friday morning I taught “Reliving the Crucifixion with Jesus“
And Sunday morning I taught on “Reliving the Resurrection with Jesus“
You are welcome to watch these three (3) videos if you like and to pass on the links to whoever may be interested.
As followers of Jesus, God’s (Jewish) Messiah, we relive the Passover meal (Pesach) with Rebbe Y’shua HaMoshiach and his disciples (see Mark 14:12-26, Matt 26:17-30, Luke 22:7- 23, 1 Cor 10:15-17 cf. 11:23-26) – when he enacted the prophesied the new covenant (Jer 31:31-34, Ezek 36:24-27), which he made with YHWH for all who believe through him.
Download the Messianic Passover Seder to follow along.
Seven Saying of Jesus on the Cross
The Gospels record that while hanging on the cross for six hours, until his death, Jesus spoke seven times. We do not know the exact order in which each of his ‘sayings’ took place. But reading the context of each of them, I have put them in a possible/probable order from nine till his death at three in the afternoon.
In your time of meditation, picture the entire scene. See yourself standing there before the cross with John the beloved disciple, and Mary, Jesus’ mother. Relive what happened during those six hours. Listen carefully… hear what Jesus says. Receive his words from the cross… what do they mean to you? What is he saying to you… personally? What is your response to him? Do you need to do anything? Use your imagination by the Spirit to be with Jesus, hanging on the cross… how you can be with him in his suffering.
Whichever saying ‘speaks’ to you, or grabs your attention, stay with it, meditate on it. Answer Jesus… dialogue with him… do what you must to do to respond to him. Read the particular text and its context in your Bible so as to personalize it more.
You could also print out a PDF copy to use during meditation…
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”
Luke 23:34. Words of Forgiveness.
“I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise”
Luke 23:43. Words of Salvation.
“Dear woman, here is your son… and… here is your mother”
John 19:26-27. Words of Relationship.
“Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Mark 15:34, Matthew 27:46. Words of Rejection and Abandonment.
“I am thirsty”
John 19:28. Words of Distress.
“It is finished”
John 19:30. Words of Triumph
“Father, into your hands I commit my spirit”
Luke 23:46. Matthew 27:50. Words of Reunion.