Jesus’ final eight days in Jerusalem changed history, the world, and all of humankind, one person at a time. In those final days, Jesus proclaimed His identity as God’s Son. He established His mission as the promised Messiah. He revealed His role as Prophet. He entered the city as King to humbly become our sacrificial offering.
 
Eight Days in Jerusalem, a forty-day devotional, will help you appreciate anew the gift of Jesus’ deep love for you. Eight Days in Jerusalem will help you piece together the significance of everything that happened in those brief and redeeming days. This Easter, celebrate your resurrected life in Christ.

Day 9 – 8 Days in Jerusalem

Theme – Celebrate the King!

Verse – Luke 19:37b-38, The whole multitude of His disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice…saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

If you joined us yesterday for our devotion, you will remember that Jesus stopped and wept over Jerusalem on His descent from the Mount of Olives. He had a perfect view of the Temple and the surrounding area of the city from His vantage point. Our passage today takes us just a few minutes later when the despair of disbelief gave way to a glorious celebration. Jesus made His way to the bottom of the Mount of Olives and across the Kidron Valley. As He drew near the path leading up to the gate of the city, they recognized Him as the One who raised Lazarus from the dead. They started to get louder and louder and lined the street to see Him. They got palm branches and laid them out in the road and started to cheer for Jesus. The Pharisees were annoyed and commanded Jesus to make them stop. But they would not. They were there to celebrate. Followers of Christ should remember that we have much to celebrate in Jesus. Today, stop and have a celebration moment for the King!

 

Prayer for Today –

Dear Lord, with all of the pain, brokenness, and uncertainty in the world today, sometimes I find it difficult to celebrate. It is sometimes difficult to live above the despair and discouragement. Help me Lord to focus on You and not on the world. Help me to remember the victory that is found in You. Thank you for overcoming sin and death. Thank you for allowing me to share in Your victory, by faith. Lord, you are worthy to be praised, celebrated! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


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Day 8 – 8 Days in Jerusalem

Theme – Weeping Over Jerusalem

Verse – Luke 19:41, “And when He drew near and saw the city, he wept over it.”

Jesus was a man of compassion, concern, and care. This is the second time in just a few days that the Gospels record Jesus weeping. John 11:35 records Jesus emotional response as He stood before the tomb of His friend, Lazarus. He then raised Lazarus from the dead. As he descends the Mount of Olives on the day of His triumphal entry, Jesus stops and weeps over Jerusalem or more precisely, the people of Jerusalem. Lazarus was dead physically; they are dead spiritually. They will reject Jesus as the Messiah. They will reject His attempt to bring them into new life. Jesus’ compassion for the lost was evident on that descent. It is still evident today. A question to ask ourselves today – Do we weep over the lostness of our city?

 

Prayer for today

Dear Lord,

Please break my heart for what breaks Yours. I see Your emotion when it comes to the brokenness and lost of this world. I must confess that I am more concerned about me than about the brokenness around me. Help me to love the way You do. Help me to care the way You do. Thank You Jesus for Your love and compassion in my life. Help me to now live in a way to show love and compassion to those that do not yet know You.
 
In Jesus’ Name, Amen

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Day 7 – 8 Days in Jerusalem

Theme – Up to Jerusalem

Verse – Matthew 20:18, ““Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn Him to death,

Many times, when I read this part of Jesus’ story, I wonder what it was like for the disciples to hear this hard news. They must have felt discouraged, disheartened and in disbelief. But, think for a minute what Jesus must have been thinking or feeling as He shared this with His disciples. He knew this was the path that must be taken and yet, He willingly moved toward Jerusalem evr closer to the cross. Sometimes, we only think of our own reactions or feelings in our faith journey with Jesus. Maybe we should pause for a minute and consider things from Jesus’ perspective. We could learn something about ourselves and about Jesus  if we take the time to listen.
 
Prayer for today

Dear Lord,

I need your help in getting my focus off myself and onto You. Help me  see things from Your perspective. Help me to understand that I am part of something bigger. Help me, change my heart and mind to Yours. Thank you for Your love and patience with me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

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Day 6 – 8 Days in Jerusalem

Theme – Becoming Like Us
 
Verse Hebrews 2:17, “Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 
 
Propitiation is a big theological word which simply means “the turning away of wrath by an offering.” Propitiation has two outcomes: turning God’s anger away from us as sinners and restoring us back into God’s presence. Jesus accomplished both through His death and resurrection. It is difficult for me to reconcile that Jesus had to die for me to live. But serving as a propitiation for me and you and all of mankind, Jesus accomplished for us what no one else could. He became a man to make it possible that all mankind could receive forgiveness and reconciliation with God. Oh, What a Savior!
 
Today’s Prayer
 
Thank you Lord, for the gift of salvation, forgiveness of sin and eternal life. Help me to never get over how much You love me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

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Day 3 – 8 Days in Jerusalem

Theme – The Greatest Hero
 
Verse – Isaiah 53:11, He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities.
 
Who is your favorite superhero? Why are they your favorite? Modern superhero stories are contemporary sequels to the Greatest Hero of All-Time. Superheroes are known for their great abilities and tragic stories. For their heroic exploits  and great tragedy. Oftentimes, the greater the superhero the greater the personal cost or sacrifice has to be paid. The superhero stories that we celebrate today began with the Greatest Superhero story ever. Some 600 years before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah penned the words concerning the Messiah in Isaiah 53. The Messiah is the Righteous Servant who would justify the many. He would bear the world’s iniquities, or sins. The Messiah would suffer for the sake of humanity, so that humanity could be saved. What a Savior! What a Hero! Let’s take a few minutes today and ponder the legacy of the Messiah and the price that He paid for you and me. As you ponder, grow in appreciation for the One, the Only, The Greatest Hero of all – Jesus. 
 
Prayer for today – 
 
Dear Lord, 
Thank you for the gift of salvation. We recognize this gift came at a great cost to You. Help me grow in appreciation and love for You who sacrificed so much for me. I did not deserve Your mercy or Your grace. But because of Your love for me, You suffered and died for my sins. Your bore my iniquities. I thank You. I love You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

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Day 2 – 8 Days in Jerusalem

Theme – The Coming Days

 

Verse – Jeremiah 23:5, “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.” 

 

This messianic prophecy from the prophet Jeremiah is a promise from God that although many leaders or shepherds are corrupt and only out for selfish gain, there is One who is coming that will rule in righteousness and justice. The Israelites had been led astray by their leaders and were going to suffer severe hardship and separation from the promised land. But God, at the appointed time would bring back His flock into the promised land and provide a righteous Branch, or offspring, of David to reign as King. When the Messiah comes, the people will be treated fairly and led well. They will not have to worry about injustice and unrighteousness from their leaders ever again. 

What a fantastic message of hope for us today. It seems righteous leadership in our world today is very hard to find. Fortunately, for those of us who have a relationship with our Lord Jesus, we follow a Righteous Shepherd. We never have to worry about being led astray or experiencing injustice at His hand. Praise God for the Messiah, the Righteous Branch of David. 

 

Prayer for today – 
 

Dear Lord, 

We recognize that many have gone astray from Your Word and ways resulting in injustice and unrighteousness in our community, country, and world. Remind our hearts today that we follow a Righteous Savior who is trustworthy and true. Help us to be righteous as we follow the Righteous Branch. In Jesus Name, Amen.


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Day 1 – 8 Days in Jerusalem by Margie Williamson

Theme – The Image of God

Verse – Hebrews 1:3, “And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature and upholds all things by the word of His power.” NASB

Thought to Ponder – Jesus is the radiance of God’s glory. The descriptive term “radiance” comes from the Greek word apaugasma and means a reflected brightness. In this way, Jesus reflects the brightness or glory of the Father in heaven. And not only does Jesus reflect God’s glory, He is the exact duplicate of God’s nature. The Greek word used here is charakter and is translated as the expressed image engraving or likeness, a precise reproduction in every respect of the original. Jesus is not just someone who was a good teacher, a moral man, or a good example to follow. Jesus provided humanity with an exact representation of the Father in heaven. Now as His followers, it is r mission to show the world an exact representation of Jesus as we live our lives according to His commands and teachings. Jesus was the image of God and accordingly, disciples of Jesus are to reflect the image, brightness, and glory of Jesus.

Prayer for today –

Dear Lord,
Thank you for Jesus, who reflected Your brilliance and represented You perfectly. Please help me to reflect Jesus’ brilliance today as I live my life in His power. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


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