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One Week, Part 1
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 by Susan Lyttek

You can hardly believe what has happened. You have lived through it, and yet, it is still incomprehensible.

On Sunday, you followed him and his core disciples into Jerusalem. You got caught up in the emotion of the crowd until you couldn’t help shout Hallelujah, God save us, along with everyone else. You’d seen some of his miracles over the last three years, enough that you were willing to believe that he might be the Messiah. But you had your regular life, a family to provide for and couldn’t spend enough time in his company to be absolutely sure.

Had he really just raised that guy from Bethany from the dead? That was the talk. Your aunt’s cousin, too, was recently allowed back into the Temple after years of leprosy and the scuttlebutt was that this rabbi from Nazareth was the one who had healed him. An old family friend had hosted one of his inner circle in his house about two years ago and watched one of the disciples, (did he say it was the one called Peter?), heal his little girl’s leg. It had been twisted since birth. If the man’s close associates had that kind of power, then the man himself had to be at least close to divine. His miracles exceeded those of Elijah and Elisha.

You were in the city for the Passover anyway, so you decided to take time out from the preparations to see what all the hubbub was about.

Even so, you weren’t really prepared for the expression on his face.

He looked on the people and the city with such sorrow in his eyes you were almost certain that tears would pour out any minute. But they never did.

The crowd around him was so jubilant. Their joy and enthusiasm were palpable. A fair number of the crowd were recognizable Zealots, so were they convinced he was going to drive out Herod and Rome and claim David’s throne? That was your assumption, as well. You wouldn’t object to fewer taxes. And even though that centurion had been civil, trying to find accommodations for his troops on your farm was less than ideal. Yes, a reestablished Judah for the Jews would be a good thing.

So you watched as he was led into the city on a donkey, just as many kings before him. You even added your cloak the coverings on the road.

But when he got to the Temple… Honestly, that was rather embarrassing. You knew one of the moneychangers because you chose him every time you came to sacrifice. You couldn’t look Joseph in the eye as his table and all his boxes of coin went flying. You snuck out as quickly as you could and headed to where your family had reserved some space for the week.

Then… nothing. After all the commotion of Sunday, you expected to hear more about this potential Messiah. There were rumors that the high priest, the former high priest and some of their cronies were plotting against him. But it seemed that group was always plotting something, so that wasn’t totally unexpected.

On Thursday, as you went to get your lamb, you saw a couple of his followers. Turned out they were having their Passover meal not too far from where you were meeting with your family. They seemed in good spirits and wished you a happy Passover as they went by. Except for that one guy, the one who was their treasurer. He frowned a lot. Maybe this meal was costing them more than the itinerant group could really afford.

Friday morning, the world was darker somehow. You could tell as soon as you woke that things were wrong. You asked around. Didn’t you hear? That rabbi was taken prisoner. He was going to be crucified.

That didn’t make sense so you joined the crowd outside of Pilate’s meeting place. Some of the same Zealots who had praised him on Sunday were calling for his execution. They looked at you awfully suspiciously when you tried to just stand there and watch, so you joined in with a few “crucify him” chants even though your heart wasn’t in it.

At one point, you would have sworn he turned and looked at you directly. You gulped and tried to leave, but the crowd was too thick and too angry. Wasn’t the fact that he was already bleeding enough?

Evidently not.

You followed the group to Golgotha. What else could you do? You tried not to look when they drove the nails in, but at the same time, you were curious as to how he was handling it. Couldn’t the man who raised people from the dead stop all of the pain and agony?

His followers, other than one, were nowhere to be found. The one, you think the youngest of them all, stood with a few women. An older woman looked so much like how the rabbi had looked before this ordeal, you thought she must be his mother.

From the cross, much to your shock, the rabbi quoted Scripture! Sometimes you couldn’t hear it all because he had a hard time breathing. You recognized one of David’s psalms. Then, oh dear God, then he shouted “Telestai!” You heard a mighty sound like a storm, the earth shook and you feared for your life. You later learned that the curtain in the Temple had torn from top to bottom.

When the centurion in charge confirmed he was dead, two of the Council asked Pilate for his body and they took it away. Sad beyond all understanding, you walk away. How will you continue to celebrate after this?

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Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: More Intuitive
Susan Lyttek
9/18/2015

Benefits to the Homeschool Parent--Weaker
Susan Lyttek
9/11/2015

Benefits to the Parent--Seeing God's Hand
Susan Lyttek
9/4/2015

Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: Savvy-er
Susan Lyttek
8/28/2015

Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: Braver
Susan Lyttek
8/21/2015

Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: Wiser
Susan Lyttek
8/14/2015

The Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: Smarter
Susan Lyttek
8/7/2015

Benefits of Being a Homeschool Parent (Intro)
Susan Lyttek
7/31/2015

Lessons from my Great Aunt Ansie
Susan Lyttek
7/24/2015

Virginia Writers Conference
Susan Lyttek
7/14/2015

Relearning Fitness (Part 2)
Susan Lyttek
7/10/2015

Some Truth About Independence Day
Susan Lyttek
7/3/2015

Relearning Fitness (Part 1)
Susan Lyttek
6/26/2015

Under the Sun
Susan Lyttek
6/19/2015

A Lesson I Keep Needing to Re-Learn
Susan Lyttek
6/13/2015

Times of Transition
Susan Lyttek
6/6/2015

Blog Ideas
Susan Lyttek
5/30/2015

Mercs Next Door, Part 2
Susan Lyttek
5/23/2015

Mercs Next Door, Part 1
Susan Lyttek
5/15/2015

Getting to Mom
Susan Lyttek
5/9/2015

To Blog or Not to Blog
Susan Lyttek
5/2/2015

Driving Lessons
Susan Lyttek
4/25/2015

Gaming Education
Susan Lyttek
4/18/2015

Fast Lessons
Susan Lyttek
4/11/2015

Resurrection Thoughts
Susan Lyttek
4/4/2015

Power of the Coupon
Susan Lyttek
3/28/2015

Spring Planting
Susan Lyttek
3/21/2015

Showing My Age
Susan Lyttek
3/14/2015

Teaching Women
Susan Lyttek
3/7/2015

Beware the Ides of... February
Susan Lyttek
2/28/2015

Honoring a President in Fiction
Susan Lyttek
2/21/2015

Gratitude Lessons
Susan Lyttek
2/14/2015

The Pros and Cons of Research
Susan Lyttek
2/6/2015

Off the Hamster Wheel... Part 3
Susan Lyttek
1/30/2015

Off the Hamster Wheel... Part 2
Susan Lyttek
1/24/2015

The Homeschool Hamster Wheel
Susan Lyttek
1/16/2015

Etiquette Education
Susan Lyttek
1/9/2015

Ready Stance
Susan Lyttek
1/2/2015

Our Christmas Letter
Susan Lyttek
12/26/2014

Sharing Christmas, Part Two
Susan Lyttek
12/19/2014

Sharing Christmas
Susan Lyttek
12/12/2014

Swedish Christmas Education
Susan Lyttek
12/5/2014

The Worry/Grumble Antidote
Susan Lyttek
11/28/2014

Milestone Days
Susan Lyttek
11/21/2014

Volunteer Education--via Operation Christmas Child
Susan Lyttek
11/14/2014

Veteran Education
Susan Lyttek
11/7/2014

Reformation Education
Susan Lyttek
10/31/2014

The Reluctant Vegetarian
Susan Lyttek
10/24/2014

What I Didn't, Couldn't Teach
Susan Lyttek
10/17/2014

Learning to Stand
Susan Lyttek
10/10/2014

Christian Work Ethic
Susan Lyttek
10/3/2014

Animal Education
Susan Lyttek
9/26/2014

Changing the Love of Learning
Susan Lyttek
9/19/2014

Blog Block
Susan Lyttek
9/12/2014

Educating Mom
Susan Lyttek
9/5/2014

The Debate
Susan Lyttek
8/29/2014

Interview with Jane, a non-homeschooling friend
Susan Lyttek
8/22/2014

The Homeschool Rebel
Susan Lyttek
8/15/2014

Other Countries, Other Peoples
Susan Lyttek
8/8/2014

George Washington Lessons
Susan Lyttek
8/1/2014

Interview with Heather Day Gilbert
Susan Lyttek
7/25/2014

A Creation Education
Susan Lyttek
7/18/2014

The Blessing of the Church
Susan Lyttek
7/11/2014

Free to Homeschool
Susan Lyttek
7/4/2014

The Best Thing
Susan Lyttek
6/27/2014

School Lite
Susan Lyttek
6/20/2014

Homeschooling Poetry
Susan Lyttek
6/13/2014

Homeschool Preschool
Susan Lyttek
6/6/2014

AWANAcation (or Awana Education)
Susan Lyttek
5/30/2014

Drowning in the Ideal Schedule
Susan Lyttek
5/23/2014

Penpal Encouragement: An Interview with Sandi
Susan Lyttek
5/16/2014

Unexpected Education
Susan Lyttek
5/9/2014

When Is a Homeschool Mom NOT a Homeschool Mom?
Susan Lyttek
5/2/2014

Relax, It's Just Writing
Susan Lyttek
4/25/2014

Purpose Driven Homeschool
Susan Lyttek
4/18/2014

The Heart of the Music
Susan Lyttek
4/11/2014

Music Lessons
Susan Lyttek
4/4/2014

Teaching My Testimony (Part 2)
Susan Lyttek
3/28/2014

Teaching My Testimony (Part 1)
Susan Lyttek
3/21/2014

Glimmers of Homeschooling
Susan Lyttek
3/14/2014

Failed Days
Susan Lyttek
3/7/2014

Other Side of the Homeschool Table...Leanne Hanson
Susan Lyttek
2/28/2014

Fairy Tale Theology
Susan Lyttek
2/21/2014

Things I Love about Life and Homeschooling
Susan Lyttek
2/14/2014

Limitless Creativity by Bonnie Rose Hudson
Susan Lyttek
2/7/2014

Weaving Christ into Math
Susan Lyttek
1/31/2014

Paula Mowery Interview
Susan Lyttek
1/24/2014

Historic Field Trips
Susan Lyttek
1/17/2014

Snow Days... Homeschool Style
Susan Lyttek
1/10/2014

Homeschooled Mom Resolutions
Susan Lyttek
1/3/2014

Off Schedule
Susan Lyttek
12/27/2013

Teaching Christmas
Susan Lyttek
12/20/2013

The (Writerly) Benefits of Learning Together
Susan Lyttek
12/13/2013

Homeschooling reinforced that I am not perfect
Susan Lyttek
12/6/2013

And they said homeschooling would be easy...
Susan Lyttek
11/29/2013