If heaven published a newspaper, what would the big stories have been in the days leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus?
And what would Jerusalem’s newspaper have reported during the same week?
Publisher’s note: These are the second issues of The Jerusalem Journal and The Heveanly Herald. The first were revealed back in December when we imagined what these newspapers would have reported about Jesus’ birth.
Jesus had arrived in Jerusalem on Sunday to cheers and palm branches, but he quickly incited other emotions. Jesus (literally) upset things in the temple by trashing a nice little Passover business, and then he followed it up by outsmarting the Jewish leaders and teaching astonishing truth. The mood was tense. Leaders were angry, his disciples were confused, but Jesus knew exactly what he was doing.
Jesus knew that he was the Lamb of God who would give his life for the sins of the world.
Perhaps The Jerusalem Journal’s headlines in the days before the Passover would have looked something like this.
What are the stories on your mind this week?
“Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s Kingdom.” Matthew 26:27-29