Easter seems early this year, and it’s on April Fools Day, which hasn’t happened since 1956. I Googled it. It shouldn’t take me by surprise since we’ve been talking about it since Valentine’s Day (start of Lent), and yet almost every year, somehow it does.
I want the holiday to mean something more than plastic eggs and baked ham, more than crowded church pews and freezing toes in sandals for which it’s not quite warm enough (but you just have to wear them anyway because they look so cute with your new outfit).
Sometimes it helps me to go back through old blog posts (just like I go through old photos, finding ones like this) and remind myself of things God has already shown me from His Word, like a journal review but much more public. As Passion Week approaches, I’ve assembled a long list of posts–thirteen, actually–about various occurrences during the week. I offer them to you here in more-or-less Biblical chronological order. Use them however you like. I’m also posting one link per day on Facebook and Twitter (at 7:30am each day), so you can have a daily suggestion if you would prefer.
The Day The King Cried Why did Jesus cry as He looked over Jerusalem on the day He entered like a prince?
Tuesday (no special name for this day)
All You Need is Love…and More Love In this recent post, we sit down with the religious leaders in the temple as they challenged Jesus with difficult questions…and one question that was different.
Wednesday (a quiet day)
Maundy Thursday, in the Upper Room
Servant Leadership: Focusing on the Foot Have you given much thought to Jesus’ view as he sat before those 24 feet?
Who’s Humble Now? Jesus and Peter share an interesting dialogue when Jesus stoops down to wash Peter’s feet.
The Error in the ‘I’ Peter’s declaration of commitment may have been noble, but it was flawed in one very important way.
Maundy Thursday, in the Garden of Gethsemane
Help! I don’t even know how to pray Here’s an easy-to-remember four-step prayer method based on Jesus’ one-verse prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. You don’t need alot of words.
The Spiral Slide of Temptation Heavy eyelids, quiet garden, late at night: Peter, James, and John just couldn’t help but fall asleep. In this post, learn what that’s got to do with playground slides.
Two Questions about Your Calling Jesus’ words and actions in the Garden and on the cross reveal the two things that were most important to Him.
Flight, Fight, or Follow For Christ-followers, there’s another option beyond the instinctual fight or flight.
Rethinking Peter’s Denial (I’m assuming this was very, very early Friday morning.) Trace Peter’s descent into denying Jesus. We may have judged him too harshly. One of my earliest posts.
What’s So Good about ‘Good Friday’? My mild rant from last year at this time. I haven’t changed my mind.
Faith Has No Formula When we take a look at that first Easter morning, we find that people reach faith in different ways and at different paces.
When in Doubt We call him ‘Doubting Thomas,’ but the moniker isn’t justified.
What Gospel scene from Passion Week has been significant to you in the past? What strikes you here? I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below or on the individual posts!