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 Baptism of Jesus: Luke 3-9
On a computer, tablet, or another smart device, watch The Baptism of Jesus: Luke 3-9 video on the BibleProject Youtube page (https://youtu.be/0k4GbvZUPuo).
READ - Luke 4:16-21
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?
What did Jesus’ words mean in verses 18 and 19?
What did Jesus mean when he said “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing”?
How do Jesus’ words in this passage apply 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: Jesus came to fulfill all the promises God made in the Old Testament. He is the anointed one, the one whom God sent for a specific purpose. And that purpose is to free us from sin and death.
Jesus proclaims this good news in both word and action. In this story, he tells us what he came to do. This week, we set aside time to remember how he showed us this good news, that God loves us, that we have favor with him, and that we are free.
Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your Son to proclaim good news to us, that Jesus came to set us free from sin. Amen.