01 April: The Final Countdown

I wonder what I’d do if I knew I had two days to live. After spending his last two days on earth in intimate conversations with His closest friends, Jesus is arrested…

READ MARK 14   Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.


Mark and I will be forever grateful for the last two days of our son’s life, and the memories that we now have of our last hours with him.

Quite miraculously (2,000 years after it was written), we also have an extensive record of the last days of a unknown, unemployed carpenter, from a back-water Roman province, who was also about to die. This record of the final countdown for Jesus includes an amazing moment with an alabaster jar, that’s still talked about – and sung about – today just as Jesus predicted it would be. [v3-9] His three closest friends couldn’t stay awake to keep vigil with Him in prayer [v32-42] – the significance of which dates back 15 centuries prior to that Passover night.[a]  It even records the words of private conversations around a fire pit. [v66-72]

Like our Michael, Jesus didn’t die of sickness, accident, or a crime He’d committed. But unlike anyone else, He’s perhaps the only one to be arrested, tried and sentence to death within a single evening, just for being Himself.[b] Faith is: knowing for certain who He really is…

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But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Wondering what to say to One who gave His Right Arm for you? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[c]


   1.   Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”

I’ll give thanks to You, Lord, with all my heart. I’ll tell of all your wonderful deeds. I’ll be glad and rejoice in You, and sing the praises of Your Name, O Most High. [Psalm 9:1-2]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: Pray for the Central African Republic[d]
  • Your Country: Pray for Teachers
  • Yourself: Your extended family
  • Your concerns for today
I trust You, Lord God, that it’s You who goes before me and will be with me. You’ll never leave me nor forsake me, so I don’t need to be afraid or discouraged. [Deuteronomy 31:8]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”

Thank-you, Father God,  for telling me that You’re the One who wipes out all my transgressions for Your own sake, and You’ll not remember my sins. [Isaiah 43:25]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”

Jesus said: “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” [John 14:27]

“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”

When Jesus was questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, He always spoke things that were previously written in God’s Word.[e] Following these memory verses from ten topics, will help you learn 52 verses from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Sharing the Creator God’s Good News

“Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel…” [Ephesians 6:19]

[a] Exodus 12:42

[b] Mark 15:26

[c] Matthew 6:5-15

[d] http://www.operationworld.org/node/145

[e] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24

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