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 Prodigal Son: Luke 9-19
On a computer, tablet, or another smart device, watch The Prodigal Son: Luke 9-19 video on the BibleProject Youtube page (https://youtu.be/jUCCUHurV0I).
READ - Luke 15:1-2, 11-32
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?
Why did Jesus tell this parable?
What would you do if you were the father? The younger son? The older brother?
What does this parable teach us about God’s love for us shown in Jesus?
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: Everything Jesus did and taught pointed to his mission. He came to rescue those who were lost. In this Bible passage, it was tax collectors and other sinners. But he also came to rescue us. He came to redeem us (that means to buy us back) from all sin, from death, and from the power of the devil and he did so not with silver or gold, but with his body and blood on the cross.
Heavenly Father, thank you for rescuing us and redeeming us who were lost from sin and death, and welcoming us into your family through our baptism. Amen.