Author: Randy Evans

Holy Week – Day 8

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Yesterday was the ‘Day That Changed the World’ when our Lord Jesus Christ was arrested, falsely accused, beaten, illegally convicted, crucified, and died – all for you and me.  Yes, Friday was quite a day.  But what follows the ‘Day That Changed the World’?  Well, actually….not much of anything…when you first think about it.  Saturday – the Jewish Sabbath – was a day of general inactivity in the grand scheme of Holy Week.  Let’s think about it a little more closely: The Jewish day begins at 6:00PM, so although I said yesterday that the last event on ‘Good Friday’ was that “Jesus...

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Holy Week – Day 7

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Today – Friday – is the day that changed the world.  It is the day that our Lord and Savior laid down His life as a ransom for many.  It is called ‘Good Friday’, and there is debate as to why it is called ‘Good’.  Some sources say it comes from the sense that the words ‘pious’ and ‘holy’ are also seen as ‘good’, while others contend that it is a corruption of ‘God Friday’.  Others will say that is simply because of the ‘good’ that came out of the horror of the crucifixion.  As horrific as this day was in the life...

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Holy Week – Day 6

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Yesterday was called ‘Spy Wednesday’ because the religious leaders plotted to kill Jesus, and Judas’ being was taken over by the devil and agreed to betray Jesus. Today (Thursday) is a very, very special day in the last week of Jesus’ life – Maundy Thursday.  For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the tradition of this special day, here’s a very brief description of the events that occurred. 1.  Nothing is really known about the activities of the bulk of the day, other than Jesus telling two of His disciples (Peter and John) to go into town and prepare...

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Holy Week – Day 5

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Jesus’ “Hump Day” in the last week of His life was a somewhat ‘quiet day’, since He only had a couple of events that were recorded – but they were significant events nonetheless.  Of course, traditionally Wednesday of Holy Week is not called “Hump Day”, it’s actually called “Spy Day”!  And you’ll understand why in a minute. Always keep in mind what I shared in my previous ‘Words’ from this week:  there is some debate as to the exact time of the week that certain events occurred, but most scholars and historians will say that Wednesday’s activities consist of these few events: 1....

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Holy Week – Day 4

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This was a very, very busy day for the Lord, especially in the teaching department.   We are so used to reading the Scriptures – especially the narratives (where an ongoing story is told) out of context, that we don’t realize the time frame of when particular miracles occurred, or as in this case, when Jesus told particular parables.  We usually say, “Yes, Jesus told us the Parable of the Wedding Feast”, but do we know when Jesus told that parable.  The timing may be quite significant.   So, this made me think:  here’s Jesus – fully aware that this is the last week of His life...

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Holy Week – Day 3

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1. Having spent the night in Bethany (after His grand entrance on Palm Sunday), Jesus returns to Jerusalem. 2. Jesus curses a fig tree (Matthew 21:18-19; Mark 11:12-14) – some will say that Jesus cursed a fig tree on Sunday because it bore no fruit for He and His disciples to eat, and that on Monday the disciples discovered that the tree had withered, others believe it happened all at the same time. It doesn’t matter. The point was that Jesus’ cursing of the tree symbolizes the judgment of God upon a nation (Israel) that has the outward appearance of life,...

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Holy Week – Day 2

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1. Jesus enters Jerusalem on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9) and the people honor Him with their cloaks on the ground and waving palm branches as a sign of celebration of the coming of the King. (John 12:12-18; Matthew 21:8-11; Mark 11:7-10; Luke 19:35-38) 2. Pharisees react harshly to this display of praise (Luke 19:39-40; John 12:19) 3. Jesus weeps over Jerusalem because of their lack of faith (Luke 19:41-44) 4.  Jesus cleans out the temple of the moneychangers for the second time.  Matthew, Mark and Luke mention only one time – this second event.  John mentions two – with three years in between...

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Holy Week – Day 1

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The Gospel of John spends almost half of its twenty-one chapters (11 chapters) on the last week of Jesus’ life.  Obviously, a lot happened during that last week.  What I will be doing for the next week is sending out a ‘Words of Grace’ each day to explain – to the best of my understanding – what occurred on each of those days up to the Lord’s resurrection, and immediately afterwards.  Everyone (that matters) believes all of these events occurred, but there is some question as to when did they exactly occur. So, what was going on the day or evening before...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Luke

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The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name”….(But Jesus said) “However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:17, 20   Everybody wants to be happy. “Don’t Worry, Be Happy!” Our nation’s Declaration of Independence says that the pursuit of happiness is an unalienable right of being an American. George Burns said that ‘Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city’. Yes, everybody wants to be happy, but unfortunately, what most people don’t realize is that happiness is...

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Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Mark

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Whenever the evil spirits saw Him, they fell down before Him and cried out, ‘You are the Son of God’. Mark 3:11   Mark was the son of a woman named Mary (Acts 12:12) and the cousin of the evangelist Barnabas (Colossians 4:10). Apparently, Mark had a close relationship with Peter (1 Peter 5:13), and there is considerable evidence that he wrote his Gospel account under the influence of that apostle. The Gospel of Mark is remarkably different from that of Matthew. It would appear that since Mark has to explain Hebrew traditions (Mark 7:2-4), this indicates that the material was for...

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