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The First Supper

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Table fellowship with some of the best ladies I know!  WHWC leadership -- a few years back.  Scripture: 17 And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. a   18 Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” 19 He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, a who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. a Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. 22 Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, 23 and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed

Let’s Have a Conversation About Jesus

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Scripture: Luke 24:13   Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16 but their eyes were kept from recognizing him.  Observation: The two individuals in this scene may have been members of the seventy who had been sent out. They were making their way to Emmaus, and something happened on that journey. It all began as they were “talking with each other about all these things that had happened.” The word for this conversation used here is the Greek word, “homilein” and only Luke uses it, both in his gospel and in the Acts. We get our English word “homiletics” from this term. Neale tells us, “ For the first time in the Gospel story we have disciples who are not just astonished, confused, and disbelieving. Now they are thinking individuals who engage in intel

An Idle Tale

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Mildred Wynkoop and the Nazarene Women Clergy Council about 10 years ago. Great ladies! Scripture: Luke 24:1   But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in, they did not find the body. a   4 While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. 5 The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. c   6 Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” 8 Then they remembered his words, 9 and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who tol

They Rested According to the Commandment

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Swiped this picture from my daughter, who was enjoying a little sabbath rest! Scripture: Luke 23:50   Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph, who, though a member of the council, 51 had not agreed to their plan and action. He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea, and he was waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God. 52 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid it in a rock-hewn tomb where no one had ever been laid. 54 It was the day of Preparation, and the sabbath was beginning. a   55 The women who had come with him from Galilee followed, and they saw the tomb and how his body was laid. 56 Then they returned, and prepared spices and ointments.  On the sabbath they rested according to the commandment. Observation: It was Friday evening and usually the Romans left a crucified body for days so that the flesh might be eaten by scavenger birds. Suddenly we discover that there is a

Watching

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This is little Alana and at this point in life, she is watching and learning.  Scripture: Luke 23:44   It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45 while the sun’s light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Having said this, he breathed his last. 47 When the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God and said, “Certainly this man was innocent.”  48 And when all the crowds who had gathered there for this spectacle saw what had taken place, they returned home, beating their breasts. 49 But all his acquaintances, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things. Observation: Luke has provided us with great detail of these last days of Jesus’ life, however, the final moments of the crucifixion scene are summarized in this brief paragraph. He speaks of darkness an

Saving Paradise

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Scripture: Luke 23:32   Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. 33 When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34 [Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” a ] And they cast lots to divide his clothing. 35 And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!” 36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, 37 and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38 There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.” Luke 23:39   One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, “Are you not the Messiah? b Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sent

Daughters of Jerusalem

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Mostly green! My daughter taking me on a  long hike in England. Scripture: Luke 23:26   As they led him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and they laid the cross on him, and made him carry it behind Jesus. 27 A great number of the people followed him, and among them were women who were beating their breasts and wailing for him. 28 But Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For the days are surely coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.’ 30 Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us’; and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ 31 For if they do this when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?” Observation: Jesus was exhausted after a night of beatings and trials, and yet, immediately the religious officials wanted him to be crucified. Usually a criminal ha