Each day this week, there are verses from the Easter story, some time to reflect on 1 question, and then a short prayer. I have also added links to great songs that might provide a good background to some reflection time. Hope you find it helpful.

 

Reflection 1

Good morning; may the Lord be with you.

(Response) And also with you.

In Matthew 27: 27-31 we see, ‘Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said.  They spit on him and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again.  After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him’.

- Why would anyone go through all of this for us?

Song:  https://youtu.be/_s2bCbu4WkU

Prayer 1

Let us pray,

Lord God,

Thank you that you so willingly gave yourself up to death, so that we may be forgiven for our wrongdoings. Thank you for the suffering you endured for us. Help us keep your sacrifice ever present in our minds this week. Amen.

Reflection 2

Good morning; may the Lord be with you.

(Response) And also with you.

Matthew 27: 32-44 reads, ‘As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross. They came to a place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it. When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots. And sitting

 

down, they kept watch over him there. Above his head they placed the written charge against him: this is Jesus, the king of the Jews.

Two rebels were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!” In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”  In the same way the rebels who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

 - Why didn’t Jesus save himself?

Song:  https://youtu.be/1Dx8jcLjUQA

Prayer 2

Let us pray,

Father God,

Thank you for all that you endured so that we could be forgiven of our sins. Help us this Easter to come to know you better and really consider what impact your sacrifice on the cross has on us. Amen.

 

Reflection 3

 

Good morning; may the Lord be with you.

(Response) And also with you.

In Luke 23: 32-46 we see, ‘Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”

The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”

There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the king of the Jews. One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”  Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.  Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last’.

 - What did the second criminal see in Jesus?

Song: https://youtu.be/889jL3TsBsU

Prayer 3

Let us pray,

Father God,

Give us the strength to keep going even when our struggles become unbearable. Thank you for all that you endured and for giving yourself so we could be forgiven for our sins. Amen.

Reflection 4

Good morning; may the Lord be with you

(Response) And also with you.

In Matthew 27: 54-56 we hear, ‘When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”    Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.’

- What difference does it make if Jesus is the Son of God?

Song:  https://youtu.be/0bhJHMoDsdE

Prayer 4

Let us pray,

Lord God,

Thank you for making a way for us to be with you again. We pray that we would never forget how great your sacrifice was, what you have done for us and how awesome you are. Thank you. Amen.