PASSION WEEK 2020 DAILY BIBLE READINGS & DEVOTIONALS
April 5, 2020 to April 12, 2020
FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH
PASSION WEEK READINGS
FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES
Passion Week is the most solemn week of the Christian year. In order to stress the importance of this week, this special devotional guide is being offered as a means of preparing us spiritually for Resurrection Sunday. These devotions will take us, as a church, step by step through the last week of Christ’s life on earth. The focus is not necessarily one of educating us on what Jesus did each day of the last week, but rather on our journey and pilgrimage with him. These readings will be beneficial if done as personal quiet times or as family devotions.
PALM SUNDAY, APRIL 5
Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem calls us into a preview of the whole week. It has been a Christian custom to read the passion story of Jesus Christ on Palm Sunday. We see how quickly the mood shifts from “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” to the cry of “Crucify Him!”
Mark 11:1-11 (To be read in the morning or afternoon)
Mark 14:32-72; 15:1-47 (To be read in the evening – Since this reading is rather lengthy, a retelling of the events might be preferable for families with small children)
MONDAY, APRIL 6
Today we recall the work of Jesus on the Monday during the last week of his life. Just as he cleared the Temple, this week is a time for us to rid our lives of the sin that hinders our worship and devotion to Christ.
TUESDAY, APRIL 7
Tuesday in Jerusalem was a day of controversy as the religious leaders continually asked Jesus questions. Notice today the wisdom of our Savior as he worked his way through these potential traps.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8
Today we will focus on Jesus being anointed at the home of Simon the Leper. This event actually occurred on Tuesday night during Passion Week. The Gospels give us no account of events on Wednesday of that week.
MAUNDY THURSDAY, APRIL 9
This is the day of the Last Supper. Today we will join Jesus with his disciples in the Upper Room.
GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 10
On Good Friday we remember the death of Jesus Christ. This is a day to eat very simply or not at all. Beginning today and into tomorrow, try to observe times of silence, prayer and meditation. These disciplines will help us prepare for the festive joy of worship on Sunday.
(Watch the Community Good Friday Service online tonight at 6:00 pm
Isaiah 52:13-15; 53:1-12
SATURDAY, APRIL 11
On the Saturday of Passion Week, the body of Jesus Christ lay in a tomb. As we recall this event, try to enter into and imagine the sorrow and loss of Jesus’ family and disciples at this time. Turn off media devices and TV and spend today in silent reflection as much as possible.
RESURRECTION SUNDAY, APRIL 12
HE IS RISEN! Today is a day of worship and celebration! This is the day when all who believe in Jesus Christ are delivered from the gloom of sin and restored to eternal life. Christ has broken the bonds of death and hell, and his risen in victory!