On the Way to the Cross – Part 1

On the Way to the Cross – Part 1

Recorded the first week of live streaming from the church building, Pastor Dave shares the beginning of our series leading up to Easter – On the Way to the Cross.

Two people had clarity about what Jesus was going to do

Matt. 26:1-2: When Jesus had finished all these words, He said to His disciples, “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man is to be handed over for crucifixion.”

Two people’s reactions and rewards would be on opposite end of the spectrum
How much is Jesus worth?

Matthew 26:6: While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper Simon the Leper was known for the miracle in his life

Matthew 26:7: A woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.

John 12:1-3: Jesus, therefore, six days before the Passover, came to Bethany where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. So they made Him a supper there, and Martha was serving; but Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with Him. Mary then took a pound of very costly perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

Matt. 26:8-9: When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.”

Matt. 26:10-12: Aware of this, Jesus said to them,“Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me.The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial.

This was an unrepeated moment

Matt. 26:13: Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

Gospel: Jesus died and rose again for the forgiveness of sin

Matt. 26:14-16: Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priest sand asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.

Two people had clarity about what Jesus was going to do

Mary –Jesus was worth everything she had

Judas –Jesus was worth whatever he could get

Love never calculates how little one can decently give
Loves gives everything it has and then thinks it was too little

The Easter Walk to the Cross started with Love