Weekly Watch Focus: Palm Sunday—Behold the Lamb of God
FRIDAY, April 3, 2020—“Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29).
We come to the holiest of weeks as we approach Palm Sunday. As Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey, He was about to offer Himself as our Atoning Lamb of God (Luke 19:28-40). By grace through the sacrifice at Calvary, Jesus became our Passover (1 Corinthians 5:7). In Exodus 12, we see that as the Israelites took a lamb for each household, the blood of that lamb broke every yoke of slavery and oppression and released the children of Israel to go to the Promised Land. The Exodus from Egypt is a type and shadow of the deliverance, healing, and provision we have in Jesus Christ.
As the whole world is crying out for an answer for the coronavirus pandemic, may the Lord manifest His fresh mercies through the power of His blood. Our God has provided a ram in the midst of this crisis (Genesis 22:13). We plead His blood on the behalf of every nation touched by this pandemic. We glorify His name and cry out, “Worthy is the Lamb!”
Part 2: Pray for Service Industry Workers, Doctors, Nurses, and Medical Professionals
Pray for protection, peace, and perseverance for every man and woman working daily to keep our utilities, groceries, supplies, and supply chains running while our nation fights the spread of coronavirus. Bless and thank the Lord for each person and business, praying for those you know by name, that is providing our food, water, delivering our packages, making sure we have electricity, internet access, and keeping factories and essential industries in production. Continue to lift up our doctors, nurses, and medical professionals that are daily putting themselves at risk of exposure. Bind back fear and anxiety and pray a supernatural dome of protection from the infection. Thank the Lord for our police and EMS services. Thank the Lord for our delivery and shipping services. Pray for the Lord to strengthen and protect them. Pray for wisdom and policies that will bring peace to workers and security for their health and well-being in this crisis. Thank those with whom you have contact, and let us love our neighbor as we bless and pray for those who are keeping our nation running smoothly.
Raise the Shield! Wield the Sword! We are calling all watchmen to fast with us every Thursday until this pandemic has been stopped. You can find details here.
Exodus 12:3, “Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: ‘On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household.”
Luke 19:28-40, “When He had said this, He went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. And it came to pass, when He drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mountain called Olivet, that He sent two of His disciples, saying, ‘Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here. And if anyone asks you, “Why are you loosing it?” thus you shall say to him, “Because the Lord has need of it.”’ So those who were sent went their way and found it just as He had said to them. But as they were loosing the colt, the owners of it said to them, ‘Why are you loosing the colt?’ And they said, ‘The Lord has need of him.’ Then they brought him to Jesus. And they threw their own clothes on the colt, and they set Jesus on him. And as He went, many spread their clothes on the road. Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, saying: ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!’ And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, ‘Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.’ But He answered and said to them, ‘I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.’”
Genesis 22:13-14, “Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, ‘In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.’”
Psalm 105:37, “He also brought them out with silver and gold, and there was none feeble among His tribes.” Galatians 3:13-14, “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”, that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
Hebrews 9:13-14, “For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”
Exodus 23:25, ““So you shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you.”
Luke 10:27, “So he answered and said, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’ ”