Holy Week: Who Does God say that He is?
Mary anointed him with precious oils (John 12:3) as the priest is anointed before offering the sacrifice.
Lamb of God:
The sacrificial lamb was chosen on the tenth day of the month, and Jesus (John 1:29) became the chosen one as the people cried Hosanna (John 12:12-15).
The Way, the Truth and the Life:
Jesus called himself the way, not just the revealer of the way (John 14:6).
Jesus identified himself with the Father, and his way with the Father’s will (John 3:33, 5:31, 7:28). (And even if John’s gospel was written later than the others, it was still contemporary with people who had known Jesus and they didn’t denounce it.)
Jesus had power over life and death, and God raised him from the dead.
Jesus told parables about vines and vineyards (Matthew 20:1-16, Mark 12:1-11) and compared himself to the vine (John 15:5). The Old Testament often compared Israel to a vineyard (Isaiah 5:7).
Light of the World:
Jesus told many parables about the value of light (Mark 4:21) and called himself the light of the world (John 8:12). What do we do with his light?
Man of Sorrows and Suffering Servant:
Jesus wept over Jerusalem (Matthew 24:8).
He taught his disciples that they must serve, and he served them (John 13:8). He told them the Messiah must die, according to prophecy (Mark 8:31). How do we serve our neighbors?
Living Water and Bread of Life:
Jesus compared himself to living water when he spoke to the woman at the well (John 4:10).
Jesus described himself as the bread of life and invited his followers to “eat” (John 6:23). At the Last Supper, he describes the bread as his body (Mark 14:22)
The Perfect Sacrifice:
The lamb chosen on the tenth day was sacrificed on the fourteenth and eaten during the Paschal meal (Luke 22:19). Symbolically, communion can represent our accepting the guilt that required the sacrifice, and the forgiveness that it buys. God’s raising Jesus from the dead promises that the sacrifice is fully acceptable, the debt fully paid.
The Resurrection and the Life:
Jesus’ promise that he is the resurrection and the life (John 11:25) is fulfilled in his resurrection. Do we have life in Him? Do we live like we have life in Him? This Easter, let’s remember the price He paid.