Journey with Jesus

Family Devotional | Holy Week 2018

Parent Introduction:
For the next eight days we invite you and your family to take a trip with us and Journey with Jesus. This eight day experience is for each member of your family: to individually remember the week before the cross and process together the many moments Jesus experienced. We encourage you to be present for one another but to give space for what each member of the family is feeling and understanding. We pray the Holy Spirit will use each day to help all of you to flourish in His great love!

Items needed for the week:

  • Bible (We recommend The Adventure Bible)
  • Suitcase/bag
  • Coat
  • Wash cloth
  • Juice box and crackers
  • Leaves/twig
  • Rope or handcuffs
  • Nail (the larger the better)
  • Black scarf/material or piece of paper

Each day you will be asked to add an item to your suitcase or bag. Give each member of the family a chance to express what they know about the item and how it fits into the Easter Story.

Remember, each year your children are processing deeper thoughts and developing their understanding of who God is and how to respond to Him. Encourage your older children to engage on a deeper level and listen to what they are thinking and feeling.

The suitcase is used to imply that you will be journeying (experiencing) a bit of what Jesus experienced the week leading to the cross.


Before you begin 

  • Find a suitcase or bag.
  • Invite each member of your family to join in this experience.
  • Pray for God to speak to each of you and draw closer to HIM. Ask God to help all of you understand HIM in a deeper way to grow in faith and love with Him.
  • Place the suitcase/bag in a place where it can be seen all week. Let your kids look in it and talk about it all throughout the week.

Palm Sunday | March 25

Add to suitcase: a coat or jacket
Read: Luke 19:28-30 and 19:35-38
Process and discuss together: 

  1. What does this tell us about Jesus?
  2. What does it tell us about ourselves?
  3. How should we follow Jesus today because of this scripture?
  4. Who could you tell this story to?
  5. Pray together.

Monday | March 26

Add to the suitcase: a wash cloth
Read: John 13:3-7
Process and discuss together:

  1. What does this tell us about Jesus?
  2. What does it tell us about ourselves?
  3. How should we follow Jesus today because of this scripture?
  4. Who could you tell this story to?
  5. Pray together.

Tuesday | March 27

Add to the suitcase: a juice box and some crackers
Read: Mark 14:22–24
Process and discuss together:

  1. What does this tell us about Jesus?
  2. What does it tell us about ourselves?
  3. How should we follow Jesus today because of this Scripture?
  4. Who could you tell this story to?
  5. Parents, please share with your children when you placed your trust in Jesus. Do your children have a faith story yet? With each child, talk through what it means to follow Jesus. Scripture declares: If you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord", and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Read Romans 10:9.
  6. Pray together.

Wednesday | March 28

Add to the suitcase: twigs and leaves
Read: Matthew 26:36–39
Process and discuss together:

  1. What does this tell us about Jesus?
  2. What does it tell us about ourselves?
  3. How should we follow Jesus today because of this scripture?
  4. Who could you tell this story to?
  5. Pray together.

 

Thursday | March 29

Add to the suitcase: a rope or handcuffs
Read: Mark 14:43–46
Process and discuss together:

  1. What does this tell us about Jesus?
  2. What does it tell us about ourselves?
  3. How should we follow Jesus today because of this scripture?
  4. Who could you tell this story to?
  5. Pray together.

Good Friday | March 30

Add to the suitcase: a nail
Read: Luke 23:33–34
Process and discuss together:

  1. What does this tell us about Jesus?
  2. What does it tell us about ourselves?
  3. How should we follow Jesus today because of this scripture?
  4. Who could you tell this story to?
  5. Pray together.

Saturday | March 31

Add to the suitcase: black material or paper
Read: John 19:38–42
Process and discuss together:

  1. What does this tell us about Jesus?
  2. What does it tell us about ourselves?
  3. How should we follow Jesus today because of this scripture?
  4. Who could you tell this story to?
  5. Pray together.

Easter Sunday | April 1

Before the kids get up, EMPTY THE SUITCASE.
•Let the kids discover the EMPTY suitcase.

•Read: Matthew 28:1-6
Process and discuss together:

  1. What does this tell us about Jesus?
  2. What does it tell us about ourselves?
  3. How should we follow Jesus today because of this scripture?
  4. Who could you tell this story to?
  5. Pray together.

Holy Week Daily Devotionals: It's not too late to receive 8 daily devotionals during Holy Week (Palm Sunday through Easter) as we contemplate the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus. Included in each email, you will also receive the Journey with Jesus daily family devotional (found above). If you have subscribed to receive Advent or Easter devotionals in the past, you will automatically receive Holy Week Devotionals this year! Subscribe Here or text #devo to 479-282-2406.