He had a week left to live.


What would in do if you had a week left to live? In Matthew 21:18-22, Jesus had returned to Jerusalem for the last time. He and the disciples were staying in Bethany with Lazarus, Mary and Martha. Jesus and the disciples went to the temple. Along the way, Jesus was hungry and stopped at a fig tree, but it had no fruit. He cursed it and the tree withered. The disciples marveled at this. Then Jesus began to teach the disciples about faith. He said if you have faith and believe, you can say to the mountain, be removed and it will be done. Jesus told them that when they ask in prayer, believing, you will recieve. How many mountains have you faced this year? How many have gone away? If you believe and don’t doubt, our Father in heaven will answer our prayers. It’s all up to us and what we believe. Ask in faith and God will answer.

Crain Blanchard.

Joseph1637@juno.com

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Today is the day.


I haven’t blogged for two weeks, because I’ve been writing a book. I’m not through writing but I’m close. It’s a book about prayer. Today, I’m writing about Jesus and what most people would call the passion week.

In Matthew 21:10-17, Jesus entered Jerusalem at the beginning of their week. He and the disciples headed to the temple. All along the way to the temple the people were calling Jesus the prophet from Nazareth. Remember this was Passover week and thousands of Jews from all over the world came. Jesus entered the temple and chased all the people selling goods in the temple out. The religious leaders were angry because they made good money with their efforts. Jesus quoted scripture saying, My house is a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves. Then the people started praising Jesus saying, Hosanna to the son of David. The religious leaders knew what that meant, that Jesus was there rightful king and tried to stop it. Jesus wouldn’t stop them from praising Him. The disciples and Jesus left and went to Bethany to stay at the home of Larazeth, Martha and Mary. Jesus knew what was going to happen to Him. But He stayed anyway. He is our example.

Crain Blanchard.

Joseph1637@juno.com

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Jesus was headed to Jerusalem.


In Matthew 21:1-9, Jesus was headed to Jerusalem for the last time. He knew what God had planned for Him. Now it was time to implement God’s plan for man. Jesus and the disciples came to the mount of Olives. Jesus told two disciples to go to a certain place and bring back a donkey and foal. He said if anyone objects tell them that the Lord has need of them. Jesus was going to ride the donkey into Jerusalem to fulfill the prophecy in Zechariah 9:9. As they brought the donkey, the disciples put cloaks on her. Jesus got on the donkey as a multitude gathered along the way. They spread their garments and had palm branches in their hands. They cried with a loud voice, Hosanna, blessed thou Son of David. Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna, as Jesus entered Jerusalem as the King.

Crain Blanchard.

Joseph1637@juno.com

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Persistence.


In Matthew 20:29-34, Jesus had finished teaching around Jericho and was headed to Jerusalem. As Jesus, the disciples and a great multitude were traveling, they passed two blind beggars. When the blind beggars heard it was Jesus, they cried out to Him. The crowd tried to get them to stop. But they cried the louder. Jesus heard them and had them brought to Him. Jesus asked what He do for them. The blind men responded to be healed. Jesus healed them because He had compassion and their faith and persistence. When we pray, God wants us to be persistent until He answers our prayer.

Crain Blanchard.

Joseph1637@juno.com

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Servant to All.


in Matthew 20:24-28, the other ten disciples heard what James and John asked Jesus, they became angry with them. Jesus began to teach them about ministry. He told them that the gentiles lord their power over others. Jesus told the disciples that they wouldn’t do this to each other. He told them if you want to br great, then be the servant of all. Jesus told them that He didn’t come to be ministered to, but rather to serve. Jesus’s life is an example to us. He said that we would do greater things than He did. This also means that we will be greater servants than He was. Jesus said that He came to give His life a ransom for many. So will we give our lives as a servant for many. Then people will see who our Lord is and accept Jesus. Let us strive to be the servant of all.

Crain Blanchard.

Joseph1637@juno.com

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