1. Jesus Is Condemned To Death
A just and sinless man judged, betrayed and sentenced.
For everyone who will suffer, bleed or be unfairly punished...He suffered for you and for me.
He makes the ultimate sacrifice.
2. Jesus Receives His Cross
He carries the weight of the cross on his shoulders and upon that cross is heaped the weight of all our sins. This is what he came to do...take away the sins of the world.
3. Jesus Falls For Under The Weight Of The Cross The First Time
The weight of the cross is too much. He falls to the ground and experiences what it is like to feel defeated, and weak...yet he knows he must go on.
4. Jesus Meets His Mother
Since birth she has been with him through for every step of his life and now she is there to comfort him on his most difficult day.
5. Simon Of Cyrene Helps Jesus To Carry The Cross
He allows Simon to help him. Today that is a reminder that he relies on us to bear the cross for his names sake.
6. Veronica Wipes The Face Of Jesus
A compassionate friend, wipes the spit, blood and sweat from his face.
7. Jesus Falls A Second Time
The weight is too much and Jesus falls for the second time.
The soldiers force him to continue.
8. Jesus Meets The Women of Jerusalem
The women show gratitude to Jesus for his generous love towards them.
9. Jesus Falls A Third Time
Broken and devastated, Jesus falls again.
He is so weak the soldiers have to help him and push him up the hill.
10. Jesus Is Stripped Of His Garments
In his life he gave up all earthly possessions to preach the gospel of Good News.
As if the crucifixion was not enough he is violently stripped of his clothes and whips tear at his back.
11. Jesus Is Nailed To The Cross
Huge, sharp spike were hammered through his wrists and feet. As he struggles for each breathe the soldiers below him gamble for his clothes.
12. Jesus Dies Upon The Cross
Every breath is a struggle but somehow he whispers - "Father, into your hands I command my spirit." A soldier penetrates a spear in him to test that he dead. The Savior is indeed dead. The price is paid, and we are redeemed.
13. Jesus Is Laid In The Arms Of His Mother
Since he was a baby his mother has held him and cared for his wounds. This day she holds his naked, blood crusted - dead body...she weeps in her helplessness and sorrow.
14. Jesus Is Laid In The Tomb
His body was laid in a stone cold tomb - sealed with a massive rock and guarded by Roman soldiers.
15. RESURRECTION Of Jesus!
Easter Sunday Morning - The tomb is empty!
The word goes forth that He is Risen!
Jesus is victorious over death!!
Next to Jesus on the Cross there were two criminals...one who joined in the mocking and cursed Jesus...the other acknowledged
he was indeed the Son of God and Savior of the world. (Luke 23:39-43)
During our Easter Services this weekend my Pastor is asking this question...
Which one are you?
My prayer for you this day is that you would be alert and aware of distractions that would take you from your desire to know Him more.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self controlled and alert.
1 Peter 5:7-8
Quote Of The Week
"Break thru begins with desire."
Pastor of Elevation Church and Author of Sun Stand Still
This week in San Antonio we have been celebrating our city's traditional Fiesta Festival! The town is full of festive colors and events that take place over a 2 week period. One of the most poplular events are the parades.
Since I was a kid I have attended these parades with my family and continue the tradition by taking my own children to ooh and aah over the fun & festive floats and the stunning fashons of the Fiesta Royal Court. I started thinking that these parades are nothing like the Triumphal Entry of when Jesus made his way into Jerusalem on Palm Suday. The people waved palm branches that proclaimed goodness & victory! This parade was for their Savior who would take away the sins of the world!
The Royal Welcome
Matthew 21: 1-11
1-3When they neared Jerusalem, having arrived at Bethphage on Mount Olives, Jesus sent two disciples with these instructions: "Go over to the village across from you. You'll find a donkey tethered there, her colt with her. Untie her and bring them to me. If anyone asks what you're doing, say, 'The Master needs them!' He will send them with you."
4-5This is the full story of what was sketched earlier by the prophet:
Tell Zion's daughter,
"Look, your king's on his way,
poised and ready, mounted
On a donkey, on a colt,
foal of a pack animal."
6-9The disciples went and did exactly what Jesus told them to do. They led the donkey and colt out, laid some of their clothes on them, and Jesus mounted. Nearly all the people in the crowd threw their garments down on the road, giving him a royal welcome. Others cut branches from the trees and threw them down as a welcome mat. Crowds went ahead and crowds followed, all of them calling out, "Hosanna to David's son!" "Blessed is he who comes in God's name!" "Hosanna in highest heaven!"
10As he made his entrance into Jerusalem, the whole city was shaken. Unnerved, people were asking, "What's going on here? Who is this?"
11The parade crowd answered, "This is the prophet Jesus, the one from Nazareth in Galilee."
I give thanks for that triumphant day and the days that followed...because of his obedience and sacrifice I am forgiven and healed!!
What does Holy Week mean to you?
My heart is not proud, LORD,
my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
or things too wonderful for me.
But I have calmed and quieted myself,
I am like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child I am content.
The following are notes from the
Made to Crave Webcast that aired on
Dr Ski Chilton gave some wonderful tips to empower us!
1. Women should get 25 Grams of Fiber daily. Fiber tells you your full and allows you to lose weight.
2. Drinking 16oz of water at the start of the day will help you to consume fewer calories.
3. Be Empowered by God to make better choices.
Empowerment From Lysa's Blog
Instead of focusing on the scale, on food (or whatever your struggle may be), and the harships of sacrifice - Focus On...
1. Our goal should be letting the peace of God rule in us.
Are You At Peace?
You will keep in perfect peace him/her whose mind is steadfast,
because he/she trusts in you.
2. Our desire should be to honor God with our bodies.
How did you honor God this week?
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?
You are not your own; you were bought at a price.
Therefore honor God with your bodies.
3. Our perspective should be to fill our soul with an abundance of Truth instead of our stomach (hearts & minds) with an abundance of food (junk).
What truths were you filled with this week?
And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free!
If we want to grow closer to God, we have to distance ourselves from the distractions holding us back. Part of that distancing process is focusing and magnifying God more & more...especially in our times of accountability.
Grab your pens, highlighters, journals and Made To Crave books and a Bible...
Pray and get ready to be Empowered!!
Let me know your questions, comments and how I can pray for you.
Blessings over you and your steps ahead!
This book is not a how-to manual or the latest, greatest dieting plan. Made to Crave is a helpful companion to use alongside whatever healthy eating approach you choose — a book and Bible study to help you find the “want to” in how to make healthy lifestyle changes.
Every body has different health concerns so please consult with your physician before starting any new exercise or eating plan.
On page 21 in the MTC book - Lysa shares how our eyes are being fascinated by the love of so many things. She breaks down the 3 ways we are lured by our cravings.
Cravings = trying to get our physical desires met outside the will of God.
Lust of our eyes = trying to get our material desires met outside the will of God.
Boasting = trying to get our need for significance met outside the will of God.
But hang in there folks!!
You are fixing to get some TRUTH spoken to you and it will set you Free!!!
Made to Crave is not about helping you find your how-to; it's about helping you find your Want To!
Made to Crave will help you feel empowered rather than deprived!
I am praying for you and as a group we are all believing for some mighty break-thru's from the strongholds & habits in our lives that have sabotaged us for too long!
What is a stronghold you might ask?
2 Corinthians 10:4-5
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Anything known or unknown that repeatedly sets itself up against the truth of God's Word.
Known strongholds are matters that we know are clearly repetitious & unacceptable both biblically and culturally - but we still carry on with them.
Unknown strongholds are matters that are hidden under laziness, ignorance, lack of understanding and may be culturally acceptable but biblically unacceptable.
For some their battle comes in the form of food...but what we will be learning over the next several weeks can be applied to whatever it is that you crave.
May our appetites change from desiring food, facebook, fashion and fun...to making healthy choices in all areas of our lives. And it's not that these things are bad...it's that sometimes they become greater than the things of God in our lives.
After watching the first video of this series I asked our group some questions about their "Want To" and how they are feeling right now.
This is their response.
"Changing how I eat makes me sad."
"I am resistant to a "want to" at this point...but as the knowledge comes forth my want to will want to change."
"I get negative thoughts"
"I need help because I deprive myself of food because I am a workaholic."
"My weight struggle interferes with my life. It interferes with my confidence, my relationships...how I respond to my spouse and my kids...how I respond to touch, etc..."
One lady shared - "Yea, I have a want to! I want to because I have to fit in a dress for my son's wedding!"
One of the most interesting comments was from one of my friends that makes healthy choices regarding her food and taking care of herself. She said..."Being on the healthy side has effected some friendships". She is trying to find a balance because some folks have a hard time with her not eating sweets or other stuff like she use to.
Can you relate to any of these comments?
How is your Want To?
May you be empowered by God to make better choices and to have the "Want To" to do it!!
This journey will challenge you to make some tough sacrifices but think of it as taking care of yourself by making a healthy decision...other than thinking of it as depriving yourself from something that taste good, looks good but is oh so bad!
1 Corinthians 10:23
Everything is permissable - but not everything is beneficial.
What reasons motivate you to be healthier?
After being diagnosed with breast cancer and experiencing the biggest battle for my life this past year - I have made a decision to take better care
of what God has given me.
In the midst of the battle I learned so much about myself, my body and my God that I want to crave wellness with Him and my body more than other stuff.
I am making the choice to live an "It Is Well With My Soul" life as best as I can...and to help others grow in the knowledge I have experienced - and hopefully spare them from having to take the difficult field trip.
So I end with this..please take care of yourself and listen to your body...most importantly listen to what God's Word, the Holy Bible, says about the hope & power available to you...and trust God to help you!
You were created for more!
Quote Of The Day
from page 28 of the Made To Crave Book
"This wasn't really about the scale or what clothing size I was; it was about this battle that raged in my heart."