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 Crucifixion of Jesus: Luke 19-23
On a computer, tablet, or another smart device, watch The Crucifixion of Jesus: Luke 19-23 video on the BibleProject Youtube page (https://youtu.be/_unHmAf7INk).
READ - Luke 23:26-56
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 mean by the things he said while hanging on the cross?
What happened in verses 39 through 42 and how did it make you feel?
Why did Jesus die on the cross?
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’ death on the cross is the most important event in history. On the cross, Jesus died for the sins of the whole world. And, he died for our sins too, yours and mine. Not just the sins we committed yesterday or today but all the sins we will commit tomorrow and in the future. His death means that our sins are forgiven and that we have eternal life. Even though it made his disciples sad at the time, it is something we can celebrate and rejoice in (even if we do it in a serious way) because we know that the story doesn’t end with Jesus’ death and burial.
Lord Jesus Christ, you came to pay the price for our sin that we might be forgiven. You were born and died that we might live. Thank you so much for doing that even though we don’t deserve it. Remember us in your kingdom. Amen.