April 2007

Celebrating Easter

Christmas is so much easier for families to celebrate with advent activities. How can a Christian family celebrate Easter? Here is an idea to try. The last week of Lent begins with Palm Sunday and ends with Easter Sunday. Each day this special week, read with your family passages that tell what Jesus was doing and teaching that week. Here is a list taken from The NIV Study Bible (Zondervan, 1995):

Sunday:
Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem. (Matt. 21: 1-11)

Monday:
Jesus curses the fig tree. (Mark 11: 12-14)
Jesus cleanses the temple. (Mark 11: 15-18)

Tuesday:
Jesus' authority questioned. (Mark 11: 27-33)
Jesus teaches in the temple. (Mark 12: 1-44)
Jesus is anointed. (Matt. 26: 6-13)

Wednesday:
The plot against Jesus. (Luke 22: 1-6)

Thursday:
The Last Supper. (John 13, Matt. 26: 17-29)
Jesus comforts the disciples. (John 14-16)
Gethsemane. (Mat. 26: 36-46)
Jesus' arrest and trial. (John 18-19: 16)

Friday:
Jesus crucifixion and death. (Matt. 27, Mark 15, Luke 23, John 19)
Jesus' burial. (Matt. 27: 57-66)

Saturday:

Sunday:
The empty tomb. (Matt 28: 1-10)
Mary Magdalene sees Jesus. (John 20: 13-35)
Emmaus people see Jesus. (Luke 24: 13-35)
Jesus appears to 10 disciples. (John 20: 19-25)

After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to many people. Here are passages to read the week after Easter.

Mary Magdalene:John 20: 11-18
People going to Emmaus:Luke 24: 13-22
Disciples: Luke 24: 36-42, John 20: 19-31, John 21: 1-23
Paul: Acts 9: 1-19

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