How will you spend this last week before Resurrection Sunday? Think on the things Jesus Christ did between the time He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and the people praised Him – to when He interacted with people preparing for Passover and overturned the money tables – to when He taught in parables – to when He gathered His friends and shared with them about Himself through bread and wine – to when He gave up His life for you in obedience to the Father and conquered death for His people. We’ll share verses from Scripture each day to help you on your Passion Week journey.
Day 1. Friday ( I will be adding these as they post more )Arrival in Bethany, FRIDAY. John 12:1. Jesus arrived in Bethany six days before the Passover to spend some time with his friends, Mary, Martha and Lazarus. While here, Mary anointed his feet with costly perfume as an act of humility. This tender expression indicated Mary’s devotion to Jesus and to her willingness to serve him.
Day 2. Sabbath – Day of rest – SATURDAY “Since the next day was the Sabbath, the Lord spent his day in traditional fashion with his friends.”
Day 3. The Triumphal Entry – SUNDAY. Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44; John 12:12-19. “On the first day of the week, Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, fulfilling an ancient prophecy (Zech. 9:9). The crowd welcomed him with “Hosanna” and the words of Psalm 118:25-26, thus ascribing to him a Messianic title as the agent of the Lord, the coming King of Israel.
Day 4. Clearing of the Temple – MONDAY. Matthew 21:10-17; Mark 11:15-18; Luke 19:45-48. “The next day he returned to the temple and found the court of the Gentiles full of traders and money changers making a large profit as they gave out Jewish coins in exchange for “pagan” money. Jesus drove them out and overturned their tables.”
Day 5. Day of controversy and parables – TUESDAY. Matthew 21:23-24:51; Mark 11:27-13:37; Luke 20:1-21:36. “In Jerusalem: Jesus evaded the traps set by the priests. On the Mount of Olives Overlooking Jerusalem: He taught in parables and warned the people against the Pharisees. He predicted the destruction of Herod’s great temple and told his disciples about the future events, including his own return.
Day 6. Day of rest – WEDNESDAY. “The Scriptures do not mention this day, but the counting of the days (Mark 14:1; John 12:1) seems to indicate that there was another day concerning which the Gospels record nothing.”
Day 7. Passover / Last Supper – THURSDAY. Matthew 26:17-30; Mark 14:12-26; Luke 22:7-23; John 13:1-30. “In an upper room Jesus prepared both himself and his disciles for his death. He gave the Passover meal a new meaning. The loaf of bread and cup of wine represented his body soon to be sacrificed and his blood soon to be shed. And so he instituted the “Lord’s Supper.” After singing a hymn they went to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed in agony, knowing what lay ahead for him”
Day 8. Crucifixion – FRIDAY. Matthew 27:1-66; Mark 15:1-47; Luke 22:66-23:56; John 18:28-19:37. “Following betrayal, arrest, desertion, false trials, denial, condemnation, beatings and mockery, Jesus was required to carry his cross to “The Place of the Skull,” where he was crucified with two other prisoners.”
Day 9. In the tomb. “Jesus’ body was placed in the tomb before 6:00 P.M. Friday night, when the Sabbath began and all work stopped, and it lay in the tomb throughout the Sabbath.”
Day 10. Resurrection – SUNDAY. Matthew 28:1-13; Mark 16:1-20; Luke 24:1-49; John 20:1-31. “Early in the morning, women went to the tomb and found that the stone closing the tomb’s entrance had been rolled back. An angel told them Jesus was alive and gave them a message. Jesus appeared to Mary Magdelene in the garden, to Peter, to two disciples on the road to Emmaus, and later that day to all the disciples but Thomas. His resurrection was established as a fact.”
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We will do several activities.
Here are a few….
1. We will read several Easter Story books as well as the selections from the Bible. Some of our list includes: Amon’s Adventures, The Very First Easter, Benjamin’s Box, Parable of the Lilly, Humphrey’s First Palm Sunday and many others.
Amon’s Adventure: A Family Story for EasterThe Very First EasterBenjamin’s Box: The Story of the Resurrection EggsHumphrey’s First Palm SundayThe Parable of the Lily: Special 10th Anniversary Edition (Parable Series)
2. We will be using our Resurrection Eggs to tell the Story. You can make these homemade or buy them at the Christian bookstore or online.
3. We will also color Easter Eggs and read the book The Legend of the Easter Egg
4. We will make an Empty Tomb Garden
6. We will also attend services on Good Friday as well as on Easter Sunday
On Easter Sunday we will not have a visit from the Easter Bunny but we do give the kids baskets with goodies from mom and dad. In the baskets we will include Jelly Beans with the Jelly Bean Prayer in it. Here is a wonderful link with a download you can use to print off copies :).
What are some ways you plan to Reflect on the death of our Lord and Savior over the week leading to Resurrection Sunday?
I leave you with this video, it is so moving!