cross and fire


Canyon Fire II

October 10, 2017


Get your Bible out and be ready. A composite work on the four Gospels would be nice. We are going to look at those eight days (and a few more) in the Four. We will not understand it all but if is exciting. 

Introduction: This is an effort to place the events from Saturday prior to Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem through to the Last Supper in chronological order. The intense emotions, the personal involvement of the sources and the effort of each to include those events most important from his point of view make the orderly placing of the activity a real challenge. The challenge speaks of the validity of the divinely inspired account. The Holy Spirit worked through real people to bring the real record of events to us today. That which is not clear to us is because of our lack of understanding and not a criticism of the validity of scripture.The study is presented to increase your understanding of the week. It is also presented to aid in your preparation for the two of the greatest events in history, the crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord.

 I. The Day by Day Activities.

       A.    Saturday.

           1. Scripture References.

                 a. Matthew 26:6-13.

                 b. Mark 14:3-9.

                 c. John 12:2-11.

           2.   Activity: John records a supper that appears to  have been in the house of Lazarus. Mary   anointed Jesus' feet and dried them with her                                         hair. Jesus said that the act was in preparation for His death.

           3.   Difficulty: Matthew and Mark report a similar  event by an unnamed woman at a supper in the  home of Simon, the leper, on Wednesday evening.

       B. Sunday.

           1. Scripture References.

                 a. Matthew 21:1-11.

                 b. Mark 11:1-11.

                 c. Luke 19:29-44.

                 d. John 12:12-19.

           2.   Activity: Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem as   the triumphant King. The event was prophesied  in Zechariah 9:9.

           3.   Difficulty: Matthew and Luke seem to include the  cleansing of the Temple in the day's activity.In Luke 19:47, Luke says, "And He taught daily in the                      Temple." That statement and other similar ones indicate that his purpose was not to stay to a day by day account of the activities.

       C. Monday:

           1.  Scripture References.

                 a. Matthew 21:12-16.

                 b. Mark 11:12-19.

                 c. Luke 19:45.

                 d. John 12:20-36.

           2.  Activities: The possible events for Monday are  the cursing of a fig tree, the cleansing of the Temple and the effort of some people from                                   Greece to visit with Jesus.

          3.   Difficulty: The difficulty for Monday is the same as for Sunday. Just when did Jesus cleanse the Temple? The cursing of the fig                                                        tree is a unique activity for Jesus. The only  other event that is similar is Jesus' response  to the demon’s request to enter the pigs                                                 in Mark 5:11 and Luke 8:32. In that event the pigs drowned themselves.

      D. Tuesday.

           1. Scripture References.

                 a. Matthew 21:18-22.

                 b. Mark 11:20-26.

                 c. Luke 21:37-38.

           2.  Activities: On the return to the Temple in Jerusalem from the night in Bethany, the  disciples saw that the fig tree, cursed by                                                             Jesus, had died. If Matthew 26:6 is a Wednesday event, then all the teaching from Matthew 21:23-26:5 was done on Tuesday. The                                                 day was a day of extensive teaching for Jesus in the Temple.

           3.  Difficulty: The difficulty is found in Matthew 21:19b, "And presently the fig tree  withered away." “Parachrema” translated                                                                 "presently" in the King James Bible has a  primary meaning of "at once" or "immediately."

      E. Wednesday.

           1. Scripture References.

                 a. Matthew 26:6-13.

                 b. Mark 14:3-9.

            2.   Activities: Wednesday is not a clearly defined  day. The supper at Simon's may have been on  either Tuesday or Wednesday evening. It is                                     also in this period that the plot to  and that at Judas became  involved. Matthew 26:4,14 and Mark 14:10.

            3.  Difficulty: The challenge for placing the supper is found in the statement, "after two  days," used by both Matthew and Mark, Matt26:2 and Mark 14:1.

       F. Thursday.

           1.  Scripture References.

                 a. Matthew 26:17.

                 b. Mark 14:12.

                 c. Luke 22:17.

                 d. John 13:1.

           2.  Activities: Prior to the Passover Feast, Jesus and the disciples stayed in Bethany. Peter and John went into Jerusalem to prepare for the                                       supper. The supper and all following events  occurred after sundown on Thursday. That meant  that those events were Friday events in Jewish                              time. For them, a day was from sundown to sundown.

An Introduction to thr Three Days of Easter for the Internet 03-17-18

This is an experiment for on the internet

This is an effort to recreate the heart of the annual “Three Days of Easter” that was a large portion of Euclid Street and the Garden Church. It is only an experiment so there are some rules of understanding. The material that I’m sharing is taken from that used for my preaching and teaching as pastor of that church for forty-four years of active ministry, and an additional fifteen years beyond active time. That means that most of the material was first used over fifty years ago. Some of the dates and settings of this material will still be visible.  All the material was first shared as Bible study material or in sermon form for a worship service. With that understanding and a bit of a willingness to plow through that which was first written to be heard not read then we are ready for “the Three Days of Easter” on the internet.

We have always called this experience “The Three Days of Easter” but, in reality, it is a study that covers eight days (and a bit more) of Gospel time.  Originaly we   started the celebration with a focus on the Triumphal Entrance on Palm Sunday and then a review of the total Scripture material on a Wednesday night. We also observed the Lord’s Supper (Communion) in total silence on Saturday night- thus the title Three Days of Easter.

For your information: There is a total of eighty-nine chapters in the Four Gospels and starting from the Triumphal Entry and a few chapters and verses beyond the Resurrection there are Sixty-three covering this week in the earthly life of our Lord.  Enjoy.

I’m Back

This has been an interesting trip and the following statement is in no way the final chapter. I’m back from technical problems on “preachercrow. Com.” And I’m back from an escrow effort by the present leadership to sell the property that the Garden Church originally possessed; and where our home has been for  eighteen years. There is an important connection between those two realities. Let me start by going back and correcting a mistaken title that was on this page about seven month ago. The mistaken part of that last statement was “The Birth, the Life, and the Death of the Garden Church.” My frustration and lack of faith were responsible for the mistake and for that I apologize. Let me remind you of bit of my philosophy of leadership is contained in that “apology.“ As pastor I often said, “Let’s go together for the biggest that can be possible, and if you will follow me and I am wrong then I will apologize.” Well, in part three of the title I was wrong  “The Garden Church” is not dead. Oh, it doesn’t meet every week and it doesn’t have a specific address but the concept is still very much alive. The “Garden Church” ideal existed for over 25 years as the Euclid Street Baptist Church and then it moved and became The Garden Church. Both the ESBC and The Garden Church existed as a Christian community / family. For the first twenty-five years that family/church concept lived on only a bit more than two acres at 1408 South Euclid Street in west Anaheim, California. That location is where we fine tuned the “Family Governance Concept” that I grew up with in a church known as the Sagamore Hill Baptist Church in fort Worth, Texas. We didn’t just attend that church, we actually “belonged to that church.”  We didn’t have “Business Meetings” we had “Family Conferences.”   And as with any family decision our voting was always 100%.  Does that mean that we always agreed? “NO,” but it did mean that we took the time to all get on the same page before we moved forward.  Sagamore Hill taught me a lot and the concept worked for forty-five years in Anaheim, California. And, most of all it worked in a massive relocation  that transitioned from being the Euclid Street Baptist Church to being the Garden Church.

“The Garden” is definitely not dead. It may be a little troubled because of neglect but it and “the garden church concept are very much alive.

(to be continued)

Another Manuscript:

I have been away from writing for about five months. In that time, I have been involved in serious reflections. I am not sure that I am truly qualified to put words on paper for others to read. My only justification is that through most of my forty-five years of preaching I produced a three or four paged manuscript that I shared with a congregation. I still have most of those and when I first got on the internet I thought of sharing those in some readable form. That is a rather large undertaking and I am uncertain about its future. But also, five months ago, I was faced with a new challenge and I have been in a bit of a cloud about my future and ministry. The conclusion of that soul-searching has produced the beginning of another manuscript. Most of that work is till in outline form and I will write it up and post it in readable (I hope) form for you to read if you desire. The working title of the manuscript is THE BIRTH, LIFE and DEATH of the GARDEN CHURCH. I have the first part well underway and will post it in a week or so. There is a vital part of the story that is involved in the total and that is Wanda. She was and is the ultimate Pastor’s Wife and is part of the story from beginning to end (which hasn’t been written yet).