Sunday, April 01, 2007

Triumph! (An Interactive Devotional For Palm Sunday Through Easter)

Here is a list of daily readings and activities that correspond with what is written in the Bible about where Jesus was and what He was doing during His last week on earth before the crucifixion. Read these passages, meditate on them, let them bring you to a new level of your relationship with Jesus.


Palm Sunday

Jesus enters Jerusalem – Matt 21:1-11; Mk. 11:1-11; Lk. 19:28-44; Jn. 12:12-19

Jesus predicts His death – Jn. 12:20-36

The Jews don’t believe – Jn. 12:37-50

Journaling/Activities:

Compare the different Gospel Accounts of today’s events. What details are different? What stands out? What is the same? What does this tell you?

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Write a diary entry based upon today’s events as if you were an eye witness.

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Make a list of questions you would ask if you were to interview one of the participants or witnesses of today’s events. In your prayer time, ask God these questions.


Monday

Jesus in the temple – Matt.21:12-17; Mk. 11:12-19; Lk. 19:45-48

Jesus curses the fig tree – Matt. 21:18-22; Mk. 11:20-26


Journaling/Activities:

Compare the different Gospel Accounts of today’s events. What details are different? What stands out? What is the same? What does this tell you?

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Write a diary entry based upon today’s events as if you were an eye witness.

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Make a list of questions you would ask if you were to interview one of the participants or witnesses of today’s events. In your prayer time, ask God these questions.


Tuesday

Jesus’ authority is questioned – Matt. 21:23-27; Mk. 11:27-33; Lk. 20:1-8

Jesus teaches in the temple – Matt 21:28-23:39; Mk. 12:1-12; Lk.20:9-21:38

More teaching – Matt. 24:1-26:5; Mk. 12:13-13:37

Jesus anointed – Matt. 26:6-13; Mk. 14:1-9

Journaling/Activities:

Compare the different Gospel Accounts of today’s events. What details are different? What stands out? What is the same? What does this tell you?

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Write a diary entry based upon today’s events as if you were an eye witness.

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Make a list of questions you would ask if you were to interview one of the participants or witnesses of today’s events. In your prayer time, ask God these questions.


Wednesday

Judas arranges to betray Jesus. Matt 26:14-16, Mk. 14:10-11, Lk. 22:1-6

Journaling/Activities:

Compare the different Gospel Accounts of today’s events. What details are different? What stands out? What is the same? What does this tell you?

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Write a diary entry based upon today’s events as if you were an eye witness.

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Make a list of questions you would ask if you were to interview one of the participants or witnesses of today’s events. In your prayer time, ask God these questions.


Thursday

The Last Supper – Matt. 26:17-30; Mk. 14:12-26; Lk.22:7-38; Jn. 13:1-38 (also Jn. 14:1-16:33)

Jesus predicts Peter’s denial – Matt. 26:31-35; Mk. 14:27-31; Lk. 22:31-38

Jesus prays – Matt. 26:36-46; Mk. 14:32-42; Lk. 22:39-46; Jn. 16:1-26

Jesus’ arrest and trial – Matt 26:47-68; Mk. 14:43-65; Lk. 22:47-53, 63-65; Jn. 18:1-14,19-24

Peter disowns Jesus – Matt. 26:69-75; Mk. 14:65-72; Lk. 22:54-62; Jn. 18: 15-18, 25-27

Journaling/Activities:

Thursday: Enjoy a “Passover” meal. Read the story of the Passover in Exodus and the Gospel accounts of The Last Supper.


Friday

Judas’ fate – Matt. 27:1-10

Jesus’ arrest and trial (cont.) – Matt. 27:11-31; Mk. 15:1-20; Lk. 22:66-23:25; Jn. 18:28-19:16

The crucifixion – Matt: 27:32-56; Mk. 15:21-41; Lk. 23:26-49; Jn. 19:17-37
take special note of Matt. 27:51-53.

Jesus’ burial – Matt: 27:57-61; Mk. 17:42-47; Lk. 23:50-56; Jn. 19:38-42

Journaling/Activities:

Compare the different Gospel Accounts of today’s events. What details are different? What stands out? What is the same? What does this tell you?

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Write a diary entry based upon today’s events as if you were an eye witness.

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Make a list of questions you would ask if you were to interview one of the participants or witnesses of today’s events. In your prayer time, ask God these questions.


Saturday – why is scripture so quiet about Saturday?

Matt. 27:62-66

Journaling/Activities:

Saturday: If you were one of Jesus’ disciples, how would you feel right now? Would you question Jesus’ deity? Would you feel that you wasted your time with him? Would you be angry?


Easter Sunday

The resurrection – Matt. 28:1-20; Mk. 16:1-11; Lk. 24:1-12; Jn. 20-1-25

On the road to Emmaus – Lk. 24:13-35

Jesus appears to the disciples - Lk. 24:36-49

Journaling/Activities:

Compare the different Gospel Accounts of today’s events. What details are different? What stands out? What is the same? What does this tell you?

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Write a diary entry based upon today’s events as if you were an eye witness.

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Make a list of questions you would ask if you were to interview one of the participants or witnesses of today’s events. In your prayer time, ask God these questions.