Easter Sunday, April 20
“He is not here; for he has been raised.” John 20:1-18
Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!
Saturday, April 19 (Easter Vigil)
“Abraham said, ‘God himself will provide the lamb for a burnt-offering, my son.’”
This text is not an easy one to read. It fascinates and much as it shocks. This is the ultimate test of faith: willingness to sacrifice yet trusting that God will provide the sacrifice.
Good Friday, April 18
“Then Jesus, knowing all that was to happen to him, came forward… So they took Jesus; and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. There they crucified him… [and Jesus] said, ‘It is finished.’” John 18:1—19:42
How much greater a love can we experience beyond knowing that Jesus suffered and died on a cross for our sake?
Maundy Thursday, April 17
“This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the LORD; throughout your generations you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance.” Exodus 12:1-14
“Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.” John 13:1-17, 31b-35
On the last night, Jesus gathered with disciples to celebrate the Passover meal. He became the servant who humbly washed their feet as an act of love. It was at this meal that he gave the new command: love one another so that all might know who are his disciples.
Wednesday in Holy Week, April 16
“After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, ‘Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.’” John 13:21-32
This is the meal before the great betrayal. No matter how much we might not approve of what happened, we must face the fact that humanity is broken. Hope for our brokenness and sin only comes after God transformed one of the bleakest, darkest moments into something glorious.
Tuesday in Holy Week, April 15
“While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.” John 12:20-36
Today we are reminded that we live in a land of darkness. We should look to the light who is Christ to guide us and show us how to be light to others in this land.
Monday of Holy Week
“Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.” John 12:1-11
The act of anointing Jesus’ feet was looked down upon as frivolous by many, yet Jesus applauded Mary’s action that was typically reserved for anointing at time of burial as a reminder that he would not always be with them.