March 2005

Happy 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 during this special week read passages with your family that tell what Jesus was doing and teaching. Here is a list taken from The NIV Study Bible (Zondervan, 1995):

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

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

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

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

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)

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

Read what the prophet Isaiah says about Jesus suffering and death. (Isaiah 53)

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)

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