Historically, the church has used Holy Week, the week preceding Easter, to meditate and ponder on Jesus’ works and teachings leading up to his crucifixion and burial. This set of devotions is designed to just that for you and your household over five days.
In each devotion, you’ll watch a video covering a portion of Jesus’ life from the Gospel of Luke. Afterward, you’ll zoom in on a particular Scripture passage from that period and talk about it as a household. Then, you’ll close with a brief prayer.
These can be done whenever your household’s schedule allows, in the morning, in the evening, before or after dinner, or even before bed.
What you’ll need for each devotion:
A Bible (one for everyone going through the devotion)
A smart device (computer, tablet, or TV) on which everyone can view a video. These devotions will be using videos from BibleProject.
(Optional) Paper and pencil to write down questions you may have.
WATCH - The Birth of Jesus: Luke 1-2
On a computer, tablet, or another smart device, watch The Birth of Jesus: Luke 1-2 video below or on the BibleProject Youtube page (https://youtu.be/_OLezoUvOEQ).
READ - Luke 2:8-19
Grab your Bibles and read the Bible passage listed above. Read it aloud, either you, a member of your household, or take turns.
Discuss what you watched and read. You can use some of the following:
What did you notice? Did you learn anything new?
How would you feel in the shepherds’ shoes? What would you do?
What do the angel’s words in verses 11 and 14 mean, and what is their significance for us?
Why would God first tell the good news of Jesus’ birth to shepherds and not to the king and religious leaders of Jesus’ day? What does that say about how God speaks to us?
Was there anything weird, confusing, or that you didn’t understand? Feel free to write down these questions and try to find the answers later.
THEN PARENTS SAY: The good news the angels proclaimed to the shepherds is also good news for us. As we get ready to recall Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross, and his resurrection from the dead on Easter, we now remember that he came to be our savior.
By his birth, life, death, and resurrection Jesus brings peace on earth to us who make divide. He unites heaven with earth, God with humanity, sinners with their Savior. No matter our sins, no matter how often we repeat them, no matter how many times we fail to be better, we are forgiven because of Jesus’ work for us.
Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your Son to save us from our sin. Amen.