Description: Baptism is the initiation into the family of God. Jesus was baptized by John as He began His ministry.
Action: Run your fingers through the water & reflect on YOUR baptism and what it means to you.
Prayer: “Dearest Lord, even if I don’t recall my baptism, help me to remember that I am a beloved child of Yours & I dedicate my life to You. Amen.”
Description: Jesus called His disciples from all walks of life: fishermen, tax collectors, etc., and continues to call people to be His followers today. Jesus’ ministry connected Him directly with the people as He met their physical and spiritual needs.
Action: Take a goldfish cracker from the bowl, eat it, & remember how Jesus has met your physical and spiritual needs.
Prayer: “O Lord, as the thousands of people were fed the bread and fish until they were satisfied, may I too be nourished in your Word. Amen.”
Description: While not actually mentioned in the Gospels, it is believed Jesus spent these days in traditional fashion with His friends. At the evening meal, Mary anointed Jesus’ feet with costly perfume as an act of humility. This tender expression shows Mary’s devotion to Jesus & her willingness to serve Him.
Action: Dip a finger in oil & make a sign of the cross on the back of your hand as you devote yourself to Jesus.
Prayer: “O God help me have a humble heart so that I can serve you like Mary did. Amen.”
Description: Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, fulfilling an ancient prophecy. (Zech. 9:9) The crowd welcomed Him with waving palms and shouts of praise. A few days later, this very same crowd will be shouting “Crucify Him.”
Action: Wave the palm branches and reflect on how you may have welcomed Jesus during good times yet denied Him when faced with trials.
Prayer: “Precious Jesus, please forgive me when I take my eyes off you. May my life be one of continual praise and worship to you alone. Amen.”
Description: On Monday, Jesus visited the Temple and found the court of the Gentiles full of traders making large profits trading Jewish coins for pagan money. On Tuesday, He taught in parables; predicted the destruction of the Temple; & taught about His own return. It is believed He rested on Wednesday.
Action: Run your fingers through the coins & consider what you did for financial gain that you now regret.
Prayer: “Loving God, help me stay focused on your values instead of worldly profits. Amen.”
Description: Jesus prepared both Himself and His disciples for His death. He gave the Passover meal a new meaning. The loaf of bread and cup of wine represented His body soon to be sacrificed and His blood soon to be shed. And so He instituted the “Lord’s Supper.”
Action: Dip a piece of bread in the juice as you reflect on Jesus’ Last Supper with His closest friends.
Prayer: “Dear Lord, as I take the bread and juice, please help me understand Jesus’ message before it is too late. Amen”
Description: In Jesus’ time, servants usually washed visitor’s feet, but Jesus took up the towel and basin and washed His friends’ feet. This act of love demonstrated that nothing is beneath our dignity as we serve one another in Christ.
Action: Envision washing your friend’s feet with great care as you wash & dry your own hands today.
Prayer: “Dearest Lord, help me serve others as Jesus served His friends and followers. Amen”
Description: After the Last Supper, Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. While there, Judas betrayed Christ by identifying Him to the Roman guards who arrested Jesus and took Him to Caiaphas, the high priest, and Pontius Pilot, the governor. Both men hoped to resolve this peacefully but the very crowd that praised Jesus as He entered the city now demanded He be put to death. Judas suddenly realized he sealed Jesus’ fate, so he hung himself. Apostle Peter betrayed his master by denying he knew Him three times before the rooster crowed. Pilot offered one more time to free Jesus and punish the criminal Barabbas instead—but the crowd shouted “Crucify him” louder and louder.
Scripture: Matt 27:3-5: "When Judas, who had betrayed Him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders. “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.” “What is that to us?” they replied. “That's your responsibility.” So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself."
Scripture: Mark 14:66-72 "While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came by. When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked closely at him. “You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus,” she said. But he denied it. “I don't know or understand what you're talking about,” he said, and went out into the entryway. When the servant girl saw him there, she said again to those standing around, “This fellow is one of them.” Again he denied it. After a little while, those standing near said to Peter, “Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.” He began to call down curses on himself, and he swore to them, “I don't know this man you're talking about.” Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept."
Scripture: Matt 26:59-60: "The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death. But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward."
Scripture: Matt. 27:22-24: “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?” Pilate asked. They all answered, “Crucify him!” “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!” When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man's blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!”
Scripture: Mark 15:16-20: "The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace...They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him. And they began to call out to him, "Hail, king of the Jews!" Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him. And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him."
Scripture: Luke 23: 32-34: "Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, they do not know what they are doing.”
Action: Write down something you want forgiveness for and nail the note to the cross. Remember Jesus died so we may be forgiven for all of our sins.
Prayer: “Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, I want to understand Your forgiveness offered through the cross. Please help me leave my sins at the cross so I can find the peace that You offer. Amen.”
Description: At the foot of the cross, the soldiers cast lots for Jesus’ robe and offered Him vinegar when He was thirsty. To them, He was just another criminal to mock and scourge.
Scripture: John 19:24: "“Let's not tear it (His robe),” they said to one another. “Let's decide by lot who will get it.” This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled which said, “They divided my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.” So this is what the soldiers did."
Scripture: John 19:28-29: "Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so (one of the soldiers) soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, & lifted it to Jesus' lips."
Action: Distracting Dice - Roll the dice (cast lots) Whatever number comes up, try to name that many distractions that keep you from God.
Action: Bitter Vinegar – dip a Q-tip into the vinegar and place in your mouth. Remember the bitter times you have had in your life.
Prayer: “Precious Lord, please carry me through the tough times and prevent me from becoming bitter toward others. Help me focus instead on your sacrifice for me. Amen.”
Description: Once Jesus took His last breath, the crowds left until only the women who were faithful to Him on His journey remained.
Action: Use your finger or paintbrush to sign your name on the banner in red paint that represents His blood shed for you.
Prayer: “Jesus, as I write my name on this banner, please write my name on Your heart so that I can live with you forever in paradise. Amen.”
Description: The women had to wait until after the Sabbath before they could come to tend to Jesus’ body. When they looked into the empty tomb, they were frightened, but they were reminded about Jesus’ teachings and ran to tell the others that He had risen.
Action: Take a rock to remind you of the empty tomb and remember to tell others that Jesus has risen indeed.
Prayer: “O Lord, I pray that this rock will help me hold onto the joy of Your resurrection in my heart forever. Amen.”
Description: Mary was weeping in the garden by the tomb when Jesus appeared and told her to tell the others that she had seen Him. Many didn’t believe her but she held fast to the truth.
Action: Light a candle with the Christ candle and remember to share the Easter story with everyone whether they believe you or not.
Prayer: “O Lord, until the day Jesus calls me by name, I will share the Easter story with everyone I meet. Amen.”
Scripture: John 8:12:
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