Reaching Farther

Passion Week and Preparing the Heart

This is such a signifcant week in the life of every Christian. It is the last week of Jesus' life on earth. The week in which He moved with faithfulness and purpose towards the cross. It is important that we stop and remember His path towards Calvary, that we take specific steps with our hearts to meditate on what He did and how that transforms and affects our lives today. I put together the following short devotional page to help me and my family remember Christ's word's and actions through passion week. I thought it might be helpful to you and your family as well. Looking forward to seeing each of you at our Good Friday Service on April 6th at 7PM.

Passion Week Devotions for Family

  • It is late in the morning on Sunday as Christ triumphantly enters Jerusalem on a colt, hailed by the masses as, “Deliverer” and “King”. As He approaches the city, He weeps with tears at the irony of the situation. These people praise Him as Savior yet they do not desire true deliverance. They long of restoration of political freedom, not reconciliation with the Living God. They miss the whole point of His coming (Luke 19:42-44). He enters the temple as children praise Him, “Hosanna to the Son of David”, then leaves, returning to Bethany. 
  • On Monday Christ comes back to Jerusalem, and cleanses the temple for the second time in His earthly ministry (Mark 11:12-19; Luke 19:45-48). Later that day He is rejected by the multitude. 
  • It's Tuesday morning Christ and His disciples again re-enter the city, and face the Jewish leaders. Over and over they try to trap Him in what He says (Matt. 23:1-39). That afternoon, Jesus instructs His disciples about the future of the temple, and His second coming (Matt. 24:1-51; Mark 13:1-37). 
  • Late on Wednesday morning, Judas makes arrangements to betray Jesus for 30 pieces of silver (Matt. 26:14-16; Luke 22:3-6). 
  • Thursday afternoon, Jesus and His disciples are eating supper together in preparation for the Passover... 
  1. Last Supper and Garden Arrest: Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:26-42; Luke 22:47-54 
  2. Trials: Matthew 26:69-75; Mark 15:1-15 (Friday morning) 
  3. To Golgotha and the Crucifixion: John 19:1-16; Mark 15:22-34; Psalm 22:1-21; Mark 15:37-3 
  4. Burial: Mark 15:42-47



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