Sunday, 29 March 2009

Filey Parish: Blogging for Lent - Passion Sunday and Preparation

Today is the 5th. Sunday in Lent or Passion Sunday, two weeks before Easter. What was Jesus doing before Palm Sunday which is one week before Easter? Here is a list of passages that could well apply to the period before though we do not know how long before.

Jn10:22-42 Unbelief of the Jews
Jn11:1-16 Death of Lazarus
Jn11:17-37 Jesus comforts his Sisters
Jn11:38-54 Jesus raises Lazarus from the Dead. Plot to Kill Jesus
Lk18:1-14 Persistent Widow. The Pharisee and Tax Collector
Mt19:1-12,Mk10:1-12 Divorce
Mt19:13-15,Mk10:13-16,Lk18:15-17 Little Children and Jesus
Mt19:16-30,Mk10:17-31,Lk18:18-40 Rich Young Man
Mt20:1-16 Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard
Mt20:17-19,Mk10:32-34,Lk18:31-34 Jesus again predicts His Death
Mt20:20-28,Mk10:35-45 Request of James and John
Mt20:29-34,Mk10:46-52,Lk18:35-43 Two Blind Men receive Sight
Lk19:1-10 Zacchaeus the Tax Collector
Lk19:11-27 Parable of the ten minas
Jn11:55-57 Leaders seek to arrest Jesus
Mt26:6-13,Mk14:3-9,Jn12:1-11 Jesus anointed at Bethany
Mt21:1-7,Mk11:1-7,Lk19:28-35 The Triumphal Entry

Opposition to Jesus’ ministry was coming to a head. Jesus was making his way towards Jerusalem (Luke 9:51) and predicted what would happen to Him there. (Hence Passion) Jesus withdrew to a nearby village (Jn11:54) to prepare Himself and teach His disciples. What can we learn from Jesus’ preparations? He put a lot of time, prayer and effort to prepare for the greatest Event in history

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