And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. And they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. And taking the twelve again, he began to tell them what was to happen to him, saying, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles. And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him. And after three days he will rise.” (Mark 10:32-34)
Can you imagine Jesus, Jerusalem-bound, marching on with single-minded intensity? His disciples didn’t know what to make of it. But He knew what was coming. He knew what was at stake. He knew what it was going to cost Him. And nothing would deter Him from making that journey. Every step He took toward the city was one step closer to Mount Calvary where He would die in blood-drenched, God-forsaken agony.
Next week we want to journey there with Him. As His church, united with Him by faith, we too should be “Jerusalem-bound”—that is, single-mindedly devoted to following the Lamb. And Holy Week is arguably the best time of the year for a deeper and more deliberate consideration of such things.
The seven days leading up to Easter Sunday provide us with a unique opportunity to contemplate what it means to follow Jesus. It’s a time to reflect more soberly than we normally would about what Jesus accomplished on the cross and how it shapes us as His disciples. After all, His call to take up our cross and walk in His footsteps is serious business. Are we listening—really, truly listening—to Him?
Throughout Holy Week we want to do everything we can to equip you to think seriously about this. Which is why we’re providing daily devotional series called Walking With The Lamb written by leaders and members of LifePoint Church, each of whom will bring a unique voice and perspective to the table. Contributors are as follows:
- Tyler Greene, LifePoint’s Associate Pastor of Worship Ministries
- Heather Gilion, worship band member and co-author of the book Dancing on My Ashes
- Logan Pyle, worship band member and creative professional
- Erin Greene, LifePoint women’s ministry team member and stay-at-home mom
- Brandon Amick, LifePoint’s Associate Pastor of StudentLife
- Nathan Shaver, church planter/lead pastor of Christ Community Church in Speedway, IN
Every morning at 6:00AM, we’ll introduce new devotional content from each contributor here at sundayinadvance.com. Content will be based heavily upon the biblical, eyewitness account (from Matthew, Mark, Luke or John) of what Jesus did and said on that particular day, beginning at His triumphal entry and culminating in His death on Good Friday.
So will you join us here each day next week? We begin this Sunday morning bright and early. Challenge yourself to wake up earlier than you normally would so that you can have some extra time to read the first post and prayerfully contemplate the biblical truth it sets forth. That way, when you arrive at the gathering, you will have thoroughly prepared your heart and mind to encounter your crucified and risen King in the royal assembly of His blood-bought people.
LifePoint, let’s not allow Holy Week to pass us by without letting the Gospel grip our hearts afresh. We need to consider our lives at a profound level, getting real once again about what it means to follow Jesus, to be “Jerusalem-bound” with Him. You never know, Holy Week just might be the means God uses to bring us into a more faithful experience with Him—an experience that will change everything.
So let’s go. The Lamb is afoot.