Sevens: A Lenten Study by Pastor Sid Robbins
The Roman soldiers who were given the job of crucifying Jesus took the opportunity to insult and abuse Jesus. The gospels told how he was wrapped in a robe of royal color and had a crown of thorns placed on his head to mock his claim of being the "King of the Jews." Under Roman law, only the emperor could dress in all purple. The Roman "crown" was usually golden leaves fashioned into a wreath. It is likely that the Roman soldiers dressed Jesus in imitation of Ceasar rather than a Jewish monarch. He was probably wrapped in a purple Roman robe and the crown of thorns was probably twisted into a wreath in imitation of the emperor's leafy crown.
Jesus' claim of being the Messiah was at the center of the controversy that led to his death. This study uses different parts of the gospel accounts to explore what opposition Jesus faced, to understand the expectation that the world was going to end and to learn how Jesus' followers used the Old Testament scriptures to support their belief that Jesus was God's Son, the true Messiah and King of the Jews.
To complete the full seven days for seven weeks this study begins two days before Ash Wednesday. "Sevens" leads you to a fuller understanding of the issues, emotions and personalities present during Jesus' last Passover celebration in Jerusalem.