I Am a Friend of God

Weekend in Review

Being a Friend of God

During the week leading up to Jesus' death, Jesus tells his disciples that they are no longer "just servants" ... but He has now considered them friends. He says in John 15:5:

    “No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.

As friends of Jesus, we become privy to everything He desires to reveal to us. We no longer walk in darkness. We no longer wander aimlessly, but rather walk along with HIM in everything He is doing today.

Speaking of today. Do you know what happened this week for Jesus, the week He became our salvation through by purchasing our pardon through His death? On Tuesday of this week, Passion week, Jesus taught in parables, warned the people against the pharisees and predicted the destruction of Herod's temple. On Monday, he had cleared the temple of the money changers making large profits as they gave out Jewish coins in exchange for "pagan" money. (See Marrthre 21:10-17, Mark 11:15-18, Luke 19:45-48 and Matt. 21:23-24, Mark 11:27-13:37, and Luke 20:1-21:36).

This week affords us an amazing opportunity to "walk with Jesus" as He journeys toward His appointment with destiny. It is one of the greatest opportunities for you to engage your family in remembering the greatness of Jesus and His sacrifice of self for all of us. Why not take a few moments this evening to review the events of Jesus' life and the life of His disciples. Over dinner, ask for opinions from your family.

  1. What do you think Jesus was thinking when he cleansed the temple?
  2. Read Jesus' parables and discuss what they must have sounded like to those hearing.
  3. Imagine what Jerusalem must have been like for the crowds who were gathering for the Passover Celebration.
As the week progresses, don't miss the opportunity to consider what it was like for Jesus as he shared the "last supper" (See Matt. 26:17-30; Mark 14:12-26; Luke 22:7-23 and John 13:1-30) with the disciples. Some of you will join us for our Seder this evening at the church, and some of you are celebrating a Seder at home and with friends.

Then, on Friday, spend the day reflecting and being thankful that Jesus was obedient, even to death on the cross! Remember all He suffered for you, and consider what you might give to HIM in return.

I pray your week will be meaningful and blessed! Pastor Kevin