Here’s what Easter may look like for many dedicated Christian families. Spring is always a very busy time of year, with spring cleaning, tax returns, school, and a million other things. You’d go to church and serve there in a variety of ways. But more often than not, Easter sneaks up on you. Palm Sunday? Oh, yes, it’s Palm Sunday! Perhaps the pastor preaches a sermon on Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, where an excited crowd waves palm branches, and everyone in the congregation is upbeat. Problem is, the excitement soon wanes, and Jesus ends up crucified. Good Friday service? If it fits in your schedule. Then, boom! Easter Sunday! He is risen! He is risen indeed! Perhaps an Easter egg hunt on Saturday (the day Jesus was in the tomb), and an Easter sunrise service. Done! Check Easter off the list, and move on to gearing up for the summer. Maybe going to the beach soon?
I had the privilege to collaborate with Justin Taylor and my assistant Alexander Stewart on The Final Days of Jesus: The Most Important Week of the Most Important Person Who Ever Lived. It’s the tool I always wanted: presenting all the information from the Gospels about Jesus’ final week day by day, in chronological order, with brief commentaries interspersed. I’m so grateful to Justin for his heart for the family and for the church in helping make this resource available, and for the Crossway publication team for producing the book and some of the ancillary resources in such a winsome, attractive format. I wrote this blog to make you aware of some of the activities and resources that will become available this coming week for individuals, families, and church groups who want to study The Final Days of Jesus. Hopefully this will help our celebration of Easter this year to be more meaningful.
For the Final Days of Jesus resources along with other Easter resources, click here.