Journey with Jesus: Crucifixion

Crucifixion

Daily Reading: Mark 15: 33-39

At the sixth hour darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour.  And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “”Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? “”–which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.”  One man ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said.  With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.   And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”

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Journey with Jesus: Trial and Carrying the Cross

TrialFirst Reading: Luke 23: 12-21

That day Herod and Pilate became friends–before this they had been enemies.  Pilate called together the chief priests, the rulers and the people, and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was inciting the people to rebellion. I have examined him in your presence and have found no basis for your charges against him.  Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us; as you can see, he has done nothing to deserve death.   Therefore, I will punish him and then release him. ”  With one voice they cried out, “Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us!” (Barabbas had been thrown into prison for an insurrection in the city, and for murder.)  Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate appealed to them again.  But they kept shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”

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 Way of the Cross

Second Reading: Luke 23: 26-27

As they led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus.   A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him.

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Journey with Jesus: Gethsemane and Arrest

Gethsemane

 

First Reading: Luke 22:42

“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”

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Second Reading: Luke 22: 47-51   Arrest

While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”   When Jesus’ followers saw what was going to happen, they said, “Lord, should we strike with our swords?”   And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear.  But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.

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Journey with Jesus: The Last Supper

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Daily Reading: Luke 22: 19-20

And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.

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Journey with Jesus: Jesus Washes Peter’s Feet

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Daily Reading: John 13:1

It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love. 

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Journey with Jesus: Judas Betrays Jesus

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Daily Reading: Matthew 26: 14-16

Then one of the Twelve–the one called Judas Iscariot–went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?”

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Make It Meaningful: Holy Week Resources

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Holy Week presents Christians with an opportunity to revisit and remember the depths of Jesus’ redeeming love.  Make this week meaningful by using one or some of the resources below.

Jouney with Jesus

Experience through scripture, activity and personal reflection the steps Jesus took towards the cross, never retreating, to redeem us from sin and death. This resource was a collaborative effort with two dear friends– such a sweet time of interaction for the three of us with the Holy Spirit guiding.

“Journey with Jesus” was created to be used in one sitting (for children’s ministry classroom on Palm Sunday and/or Good Friday), but it is easy to stretch out over several days.  Please consider downloading and using these materials to assist you creating a memorable Holy Week for you and your family, church, or small group.

Journey with Jesus Links

The Journey with Jesus experience is comprised of three parts: the lesson plan, the map, and the “destinations.”

Journey with Jesus Lesson Plan: You’ll need one lesson plan per teacher/family. Be sure to read through the lesson plan in its entirety to see how all of the parts work together and decide what adaptations you’d like to make so this plan works for your situation. This plan was originally written to work with The Story for Children: A Storybook Bible, by Max Lucado, Randy Frazee and Karen Davis Hill, and works well independently from The Story for Children.

Journey with Jesus Map: You’ll need one map per participant. Each participant will draw a predetermined, easy-to-draw symbol on the map as each “destination” is visited. When complete, participants will have a reusable Holy Week map and scripture guide.

Destination Resources: As you proceed on your journey you’ll make stops at various “destinations.” Each “destination” has a picture illustrating a particular scene, a scripture to read, and a symbol to copy onto the map. There are two downloads per “destination.” Resources for “destinations” 1-8 can be found in numerical order when you open the link.

Should you download these resources, will you please be sure to let me know and how you plan to use them?  I’d also love to hear how using these resources blessed your Holy Week experience.

A Christian Passover

In the Spring of 2014, I had the pleasure of leading women to see Christ in the Passover meal as we shared in that meal together.  As I prepared the order of worship (Haggadah), I was able to borrow words and perspective from Ann Voskamp who made her words available without copyright issues.  The result was really beautiful, and Ann shared it on her blog.  Click here to read why a Christian Passover might be just the thing you need to experience this Easter.

Other Links

A Sense of the Resurrection by Oh Amanda

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May you experience the fullest blessings that we have in Christ this Easter.

–Cheli

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