Holy Week is marked by the most significant events of the church calendar. Let's celebrate. Spend a few moments each day discussing the following with your family.
Palm Sunday: (John 12: 12-19) The excitement of Jesus coming to town was electric. The entire town came out in a parade to celebrate what they thought He would be able to bring to them as a King. They were hoping that He would be a King that would make the Jewish people more important than any other nation.
Talk about a time that you were so excited by Jesus. Would you have been part of the parade that laid their clothes for Jesus' donkey to walk upon? What could you do as a family to show others that you're excited about Jesus?
Monday: (Matthew 21:23-27) Jesus continued to teach during this week and those plotting against Him became even more determined to undo His ministry. Even today there are those that are against Jesus and the things He taught.
Why do you think people are opposed to Jesus' teachings? What can you tell those who are?
Tuesday: (Matthew 25: 14-30) Jesus often taught using parables. Parables are stories used to explain a concept that may be hard for someone to understand.
Who does the master in this parable represent? How about the servants? In what ways does this parable apply to your life?
Wednesday: (Matthew 26:14-16) Wednesday of Holy Week is often called "Spy Wednesday" because it is the day that Judas officially agreed to betray Jesus. Can you imagine how hurt Jesus must have felt knowing that one of those who had followed and claimed to love Him would turn against Him like that? He was tempted by money and gave in to temptation.
In what ways are people tempted today to turn against Jesus? What should we do when we are tempted to do wrong?
Thursday: The Last Supper. (Matthew 26: 17-35) Jesus wanted to spend one last meal being with His disciples in a memorable way. He talked to them about the fact that His body would be broken and His blood would be spilled. They didn't know that He meant by all of this. He then showed that He was in service to them by washing their feet.
In what ways could your family show that you have the attitude of a servant to others? Think of a project you could do as a family to serve others.
Friday: Jesus crucified. (Mark 15:33-41) In moment,darkness overcame everything. Think about how scary it must have been for everyone that day when the sky suddenly became dark.
Tell about a time when you felt really scared too. What can you do when you are scared?
Saturday: A day of silence. (Mark 16:1) Mary had to wait until about 6:00 p.m. when the Sabbath was actually over before she could go to the tomb. So, from Friday night until Saturday night there is no mention of what was happening. Can you just imagine the hopelessness and fear the disciples were experiencing? They'd given up all to follow Jesus and it appeared that He'd not come through for them. He'd not proven Himelf.
Tell about a time when you felt that Jesus had let you down only to discover that His plan was perfect all along...you just didn't know it at the time.