January 4 ~ The Story of the Ten Bridesmaids


Winslow Homer (1836-1910)
The Fountains at Night, World’s Columbian Exposition
Oil on canvas
1893
Bowdoin College Museum of Art (United States)

•The Story of the Ten Bridesmaids•
Background @ Matthew 25:1
“Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.”
Story @ Matthew 25:1-13

•The Story of the Three Servants•
Background @ Matthew 25:14a
“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip.”
Story @ Matthew 25:14-30

•The Final Judgement•
Background @ Matthew 25:31
“But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne.”
Story @ Matthew 25:31-46

•The Last Supper•
Background @ Matthew 26:1-2 || @ Mark 14:1-2,10,11 || @ Luke 22:1-6
When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, “As you know, the Passover begins in two days, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”
Story @ Mark 14:12-16 || @ Matthew 26:17-30 || @ Luke 22:7-13

•The Story of Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet•
MUSIC & HYMNS: break bread, wine, and water themes
PSALMS RESPONSIVE READING @ Psalms 51:1-10
SCRIPTURE @ 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
NARRATE the BACKGROUND @ Matthew 26:1-5, 14-16 and @ John 13:1
One of the 12 disciples, called Judas Iscariot, went into the chief priests and said unto them, “What will you give me and I will deliver him unto you?” And they covenanted with him for 30 pieces of silver. And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him. In an upper chamber of a dwelling in Jerusalem, Christ was sitting at a table with his disciples. They had gathered to celebrate the Passover Festival. At a feast it was customary for a servant to wash the feet of the guests, and on this occasion preparation had been made for the service. The pitcher of water, the basin, and the towel were there, in readiness for the feet washing. Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he had loved them to the very end.
NARRATE the STORY @ John 13:1-17
COMMUNION & FOOT WASHING CEREMONY
BLESSINGS @ Numbers 6:24-26 (NKJV) “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.”
AUTHENTIC 7 COURSE MESSIAH MEAL to be served in the Fellowship Hall following today’s service.

•Jesus Predicts His Betrayal•
Background @ John 13:1
@ Mark 14:10,11 || @ Matthew 26:14-16
Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he had loved them to the very end. Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the leading priests to arrange to betray Jesus to them. They were delighted when they heard why he had come, and they promised to give him money. So he began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus.
Story @ John 13:18-30 || @ Mark 14:17-26 || @ Matthew 26:20-30 || @ Luke 22:14-30

•Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial•
Background @ John 13:1
Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he had loved them to the very end.
Story @ John 13:31-38 || @ Mark 14:27-31 || @ Matthew 26:31-35 || @ Luke 22:31-38

•Jesus the Way to the Father•
Background @ John 13:1
Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he had loved them to the very end.
Story @ John 14:1-14

•Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit•
Background @ John 13:1 and 14:15-16
Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he had loved them to the very end. He said, “If you love me, obey my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you.” What is it like to receive a promise like that and not trust it?
Story @ John 14:15-31

Winslow Homer
1836-1910
American Naturalist painter, illustrator, engraver and etcher
For the Farmer’s Boy (old English Song)
1887
Watercolor on paper
The Brooklyn Museum
| United States

•Jesus the True Vine•
Background @ John 13:1
Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he had loved them to the very end.
Story @ John 15:1-17

•The World’s Hatred•
Background @ John 13:1
Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he had loved them to the very end.
Story @ John 15:18-27 through 16:4
~ §tacy §weeney