Psalm 69:8-10, 21-22, 31-34
8 I am a foreigner to my own family,
a stranger to my own mother’s children;
9 for zeal for your house consumes me,
and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.
10 When I weep and fast,
I must endure scorn; -
21 They put gall in my food
and gave me vinegar for my thirst.
22 May the table set before them become a snare;
may it become retribution and a trap.
31 This will please the LORD more than an ox,
more than a bull with its horns and hooves.
32 The poor will see and be glad—
you who seek God, may your hearts live!
33 The LORD hears the needy
and does not despise his captive people.
34 Let heaven and earth praise him,
the seas and all that move in them
Jesus was preparing Himself for to be our sacrifice for sin. As God, He should have been worshiped in the Temple, instead He drew away. A foreigner to the Temple, a stranger to His brothers. Jesus wept over Jerusalem.
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not!
Holy Week 2,000 years ago was time were Jesus looked ahead. The Gospels show He was still teaching, healing, doing what His Father wanted Him to do. Jesus was showing us the way He wants us to be in good times and in difficult times. Jesus our Hero.
For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother
The Lord caring for those who have had difficulty. Jesus making all the blessings of the Sermon on the Mount, the Good News of Salvation, for all God's children.
Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.
Jesus was taking on our sin, the sin of the world and making a path to His promises. Jesus by being our sacrifice was doing away the law, by fulfilling the law. No more would Jesus ask merely for rules, but for love and good living with us as the Holy Spirit. Not just rules, but the joy Jesus gives us in knowing He lives in us.
I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the LORD.
He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
When His own people did not receive Him, on the day He died for us - the God's earth did cry out.
Matthew 27: 45, 51
45 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land.
51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split.
Father God, as we live Holy Week with faith, so many years from Your first Easter, guide us and lead us. Be our God and Father in Your Holy Spirit that the meditations of our heart and the words of our mouth be always pleasing in Your sight. We ask in the highest name You've given us, Jesus. Amen.