By Nell Dobbs
Friday is here! Easter is coming! And Jesus will rise as He promised!
“Why are you loosing my colt?” asked the owner.
“The Lord hath need of him,” the two disciples answered. Then they set Jesus on the colt and people spread clothes in His path and praised God for all the mighty works Jesus had done, but not everyone praised Him. Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem. The chief priests and scribes sought to trick Him and destroy Him, but He continued preaching and teaching what would be happening in the days ahead. He ate the Passover with His disciples, knowing Judas would betray Him with a kiss and for a pitiful amount of money.
He was taken to the high priest and mocked and hit, blindfolded, hit in the face, taunted and blasphemed against. As soon as it was day, the elders and the chief priests and scribes came together and asked if He were the Christ and He answered, “If I told you, you would not believe Me.” He was led to Pilate who said, “I find no fault in Him” until he learned Jesus was from Galilee and as soon as he knew Jesus was from there, which was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod. Herod was very glad for he’d been wanting to see Him for a long time because he had heard of Him and hoped to see Him do a miracle.
It was a custom for Pilate to release a prisoner and when he asked, “Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas or Jesus? “ Pilate’s wife sent him word not to have anything to do with that just man for she had a bad dream about Him. Pilate washed his hands and said he was innocent.
Preacher Law’s message was from this Scripture and was entitled “Fickle Folk” as he spoke of three attitudes: 1.) of the crowd. 2.) those who crowd out Jesus 3.) those who wash their hands.
Deacon of the week, Ricky Henderson, prayed the offertory prayer, thanking God for His love and mercy and praying for His work at home and around the world.
Music director Jim couldn’t have knee surgery Tuesday as planned and (in jest) that affected him because he couldn’t get the title of the choir special right. He kept saying “Precious Lord, Take Me Home,” instead of “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.” Bless him (and Beth) in his ministry.
Gracious hosts and hostesses for a church-wide Easter lunch and egg hunt after morning church were Ashley and Martha Beggs and their family! Everyone appreciated their efforts and the special time. Martha Register did an Easter story for the children. Thanks.
April 1-8 is the Week of Prayer for North American Missions and our goal is $2,800.
C.D., our brother, asked me how old Rudy (Hamrick) is and how he’s doing, so I called Ann Morrow and we had a good talk. Bless him and them. Bless Peggy Drummond and Al, Preacher and Mrs. Law, Preacher Jake and Judy Phillips, Louise Strickland with bad back, also Jeanette Mitchell, Iduma Smith at Smith Hospital, Stacey Frakes, Rosie Leggett, Gordon and Hettie Selman and all other ill ones – and all sad ones.
We give thanks for all the Holy Week services and today at the Good Friday services at our church.
Words I’ve thought of all week – hither and thither, here and there.
God is good, compassionate, generous, trustworthy, faithful, forgiving, loving and is calling us to do His will and meet the needs of those we can.