Two weeks in God’s story

week-calendar-icon“The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, ‘Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!'” (John 12:12-13 ESV).

The Bible has been described as the story of God. And for the most part it tells the story with broad strokes, sweeping across the calendar of history generations at a time. But there are two times that the story slows down and zooms in for a closer look. These two times are the weeks of God’s creation and of Christ’s passion.

The seven days of the creation story are found in Genesis, the first book of the Bible. The week of Christ’s passion is described in all four of the Gospels, the first books of the New Testament. Creation week begins with God saying, “Let there be light!” And Passion or Holy Week begins with Jesus, the Light of the World, entering the city of Jerusalem on what has come to be called Palm Sunday.

In the first week, God created everything and declared it good. Yet because man chose to disobey God, sin entered into creation and along with it, death. In Holy Week, God sent His Son to re-create that which was fallen, to redeem, restore and reconcile His creation to Himself.

                        Creation Week                                                            Passion Week

      • Day 1 –  Light                                                                                 Triumphal entry
      • Day 2 –  Sky and seas (separated expanse)                   Cleansing the Temple
      • Day 3 –  Land and plants (plants and fruit)                   Teaching in the Temple
      • Day 4 –  Sun, Moon and stars (to mark/govern)        Anointed in Bethany
      • Day 5 –  Birds and fish                                                             Last Supper/Garden of Gethsemane
      • Day 6 –  Animals and Man                                                     Crucifixion and Death
      • Day 7 –  Sabbath rest                                                               In the tomb
      • Day 8 –  Man’s Fall                                                                    CHRIST’S RESURRECTION!

The Bible really focuses on two important weeks in God’s story. In the first He got everything started and in the second He began putting everything back on track again.

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