PLAYLIST: Spotify - Resurrection Sunday
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 28:1-10
IMAGINE: Read verse 8 again. Imagine the women’s excitement! Picture their faces and their conversation as they RUN back to tell the disciples what has happened. What do you think it was like? What was going through their minds? What did their faces look like?
CONSIDER: Read verse 2 again. We call our youth group “The Epicenter”, it’s the center of change, and also the center of an earthquake. In the Bible, earthquakes often happen at times of great change or powerful miracles. In this case, it’s the resurrection of Jesus Christ form the dead. Consider again the phrase, “shaking the world from the inside out.” Jesus was raised from death to life, and now invites us to do the same, to be transformed from the inside out. That is The Epicenter, the starting point of change that ripples outwards and affects everything around you. We are raised from death to life, for more life.
PRAY: For us as Christians, each and every day we get to live in the reality of the resurrection. Just as Jesus was raised from dead to life. We have been raised from death to life. You and I are called to put our old self to death and to live a new life in Jesus. Read Colossians 3:1-5. Pray and ask Jesus to fix your mind and heart on heavenly things and ask Jesus to put to death any earthly and sinful things in your life. Go and live not as one who is dead, but one who is alive!
PLAYLIST: Spotify - Saturday
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 27:57-65
IMAGINE: Imagine you are Joseph, Mary or any of the disciples on Saturday morning after you just buried Jesus in a tomb and rolled a stone in front of it. Jesus is dead. Your friend, your brother your son, your teacher, is dead. Buried. After 3 years of Teaching and miracles, he’s gone. What would you be feeling on that Saturday morning?
CONSIDER: Jesus is dead and buried. But tomorrow he will rise. The bible uses death as an illustration for how we should treat sin. Just as Jesus died and was buried, you and I are called to “be dead to sin” and “put death” whatever is sinful. Considering Jesus death, consider what it would look like to fully and completely put sin to death in your life.
PRAY: Ask Jesus to put to death sin in your life. Ask his Holy Spirit to cleanse you and raise you to new life. Invite him to kill of anything in you that is not good for you. Invite him to kill of anything anything that does not glorify God. Ask him to raise you to new life, to give you a new heart, new mind, new attitude, and new everything.
PLAYLIST: Spotify - Friday
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 27:1-51
IMAGINE: What do you think Jesus is feeling emotionally as he is betrayed and arrested? What do you think his disciples are feeling as they are scattered and their teacher is murdered? What do you think Mary and the women are feeling as they want Jesus be tortured and crucified?
CONSIDER: Romans 6:23 tells us that cost of sin is death, but that the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus. Jesus is that that free gift, given for you and for me. The cost of all our sin was paid by one perfect sacrifice, Jesus. Take a moment and consider your life, your shortcomings, your mistakes, all your sin. Now consider the cost of it all, sin hurts people, sin results in brokenness, and in the end, sin leads to death. But consider this: Jesus wiped it out. Jesus wiped away your sin. Jesus paid the cost so that you could be free.
PRAY: Spend some time in reflecting on your freedom in Jesus. Thank God for the free gift of life. Thank him for paying the cost so that you could be free. Ask God to give you the strength to live fully and completely in the freedom he has given you from sin.
PLAYLIST: Spotify - Thursday
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 26:17-31
IMAGINE: What do you think the disciples are feeling at this time? They don’t know what’s about to happen. What do you think Jesus is feeling right now? In just a few hours Jesus is going to be betrayed and arrested. This truly is his “last supper.” Take a moment and imagine the mood in the room while they ate together.
CONSIDER: Today, the church observes something called “Communion” or “The Lord’s Supper.” It’s based off of the this very meal that you just read about. Jesus said, “This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many.” The word covenant, has a similar meaning to “promise” or “contract.” Consider when we take communion at church how this reminds us every time of the covenant that God made with us, to forgives us, and to save us. Why do you think Jesus instructed the church to eat this meal regularly? What purpose might that serve?
PRAY: Pray and thank God for the covenant, the promise, that exists between God and you. Pray and thank God for the sacrifice of Jesus, so that you could be forgiven and made clean.
Playlist: Spotify - Wednesday
Scripture: Matthew 26:1-16
IMAGINE: Again, get in the heart and mind of Jesus. What do you think he is feeling, resting in Bethany yet knowing that even as he rests people are plotting against him, and preparing to murder him.
CONSIDER: Read 26:14-16 again. Consider Judas motives, what he must have been feeling in his heart at the time. Two types of people plot against Jesus in these verse. The first is Caiaphas, a chief priest. The second is Judas, a disciple of Jesus. Both these mean were religious. Both these men knew what was right. Yet, they both joined in on the plot to betray, arrest, and murder Jesus. Why do think people who know better are lead down a path of evil like this?
PRAY: Is there anything in your life that is leading down a path you know you shouldn’t take? Spend some time in prayer asking Jesus to cleanse your heart and mind fully. Pray and invite God’s Holy Spirit to expose if there is any pitfall or danger in your life that might be taking you down a bad path. Finally, thank God in prayer that he has made a way for you to be saved and rescued from evil.
Playlist: Spotify - Tuesday
Scripture: Matthew 22:1-14
IMAGINE: How excited do you think the king was about the wedding? Why?
CONSIDER: Read verses 8-10. What do these invitations to the wedding represent in real life? What does that mean we should be doing? (If you need a hint, read Matthew 28:18-20)
PRAY: Read verses 2-3 again. A parable is a story that illustrates a truth. The people invited to the wedding first in the story did not respond or go to the wedding. Jesus has invited us into his kingdom, to be called children of God. Pray and ask God to give you eyes to see, a heart to worship freely, and an attitude that glorifies him. Pray that you would be like those who responded to the invitation, and not those who rejected the message. Pray that Jesus would open your eyes to those around you who need to be invited as well.
PLAYLIST: Spotify - Monday
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 21:12-17
IMAGINE: Read verse 15 again. Why do you think the teachers of the law and Chiefs priests got mad at Jesus for healing and that children were praising him? What do you think their motive is?
CONSIDER: Read verses 13-14 again how do you think this might apply to us today? What do you think Jesus would do if he walked into our church building on a Sunday or Wednesday and saw what was going on? Would our activities be pleasing to him? Why or why not?
PRAY: Today, God doesn’t dwell in a building; he dwells in us. The Bible even describes our bodies as a temple of the Holy Spirit. Is your life set apart as holy and pleasing to God? Are your heart and mind set apart as dedicated to him? Spend some time in prayer inviting Jesus to purify your life, completely, from the inside out. Invite him continually transform you, even if it means “flipping over tables” in your heart.
PLAYLIST: Spotify - Palm Sunday
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 21:1-11
IMAGINE: Read verses 6-11 again. Use your imagination! Imagine the scene. What does it sound like with all the people shouting? What does it look like? Crowds, cloaks, palm branches, what do you see? The Bible tells us that the whole city was in an uproar because Jesus had arrived. Stop for a moment and just imagine the scene.
CONSIDER: The people praised Jesus, now think about this. in less than a week the people will be shouting "Crucify him!" and Jesus will be killed. What do you think Jesus was feeling as he was riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, knowing that he would be betrayed, arrested and murdered in just a week?
PRAY: Spend a few moments in prayer. Start by praising Jesus for who he is, just like the people welcomed him into Jerusalem. Next, invite Jesus to guide you and lead you this week as you study the Easter story. Just as the people welcomed Jesus into the city, welcome him into your heart and mind this week.
Easter is coming!
In the week leading up to Easter, a church we will be daily reading the events in Jesus' life, and preparing our hearts for Easter Sunday morning. Passion Week begins on 'Palm Sunday' goes through the following Sunday, 'Resurrection Sunday.'
Each day of 'Passion Week' on this page you will find a video link with the scripture for the day, a Spotify playlist for each day, and questions to consider about the stories we read together.
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MUSIC FOR YOU!
Below are the links for each day's Spotify playlist. Each list has been put together specifically to go with our devotional for the day. Feel free to listen to them over and over through the day and week.
Spotify - Palm Sunday
Spotify - Monday
Spotify - Tuesday
Spotify - Wednesday
Spotify - Thursday
Spotify - Friday
Spotify - Saturday
Spotify - Resurrection Sunday