Holy Week Devotional - Tuesday

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During Holy Week we will be emailing daily devotionals that reflect on what happened each day during Holy Week. We hope and pray the Lord uses these devotionals, and additional resources, to encourage you and grow you in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

These devotionals will be archived on our website, and can accessed here.

Please feel free to share any and all of these devotionals!


What Happened on Tuesday?

Suggested Readings

The lesson from the fig tree
Matthew 21:20-22; Mark 11:20-26

Jesus teaches and engages in controversies in the temple
Matthew 21:23-23:39; Mark 11:27-12:44; Luke 20:1-21:4

Jesus predicts the future
Matthew 24-25; Mark 13:1-37; Luke 21:5-36

Devotional

Christ Surrendered All

In the days leading up to Christ's crucifixion we see Him continuing to teach. And we, as the readers, knowing what's to come, really begin see the foreshadowing of His death, burial and resurrection in these teachings (such as the parable of the wicked tenants, or discussion about resurrection with the Sadducees, or His foretelling of the destruction of the temple). But contained in both Mark (12:41-44) and Luke (21:1-4) there's a short story that we often times overlook and fail to connect with the passion of Christ. It's the story of the widow's offering. We all know the story. While others are giving huge sums of money, a widow gives 2 copper coins. And Jesus praises her for it because He says it's all she had to live on. And while this text certainly does contain appropriate applications related to us and our financial giving, there's also a deeper point made here. The Greek word used that we translate to 'live on' is the word 'bios', which you may recall means 'life'. So according to Jesus, this widow gave/surrendered all her resources to maintain life. Now this idea for us to surrender all is not a new one. Throughout scripture God's people are called to surrender all to Him (Deuteronomy 6:5, Proverbs 3:5-6, Luke 10:27, Matthew 16:24-26). But as said before, what's unique about this story is it's proximity to Christ's willing submission to death. At this point Christ has already surrendered a lot. Jesus, the Son of God, who was with the Father and Spirit before the foundations of the world were laid, before time even existed, humbled Himself to the confines of a human body, and even the feelings of hunger, thirst and fatigue. But at this point He had not surrendered all yet. In the coming days Christ would willingly humble Himself to enduring undeserved and unimaginable pain, humiliation, death, and ultimately God's forsaking of Him. Christ surrendered all so that we might be redeemed and adopted by God. Christ is the perfect example to us of what it means to surrender all. Therefore, let us both praise God for this marvelous act of grace, while also humbly submitting ourselves to the call to daily deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Christ.

Family Discipleship

The widow's offering
Mark 12:41-44

  1. When the rich people gave large amounts of money, how much did they have left?
  2. Why did Jesus say the poor widow gave more than the rich people had given?
  3. What does it mean for us to give Jesus everything we have?

Worship Through Song

Christ Surrendered All
*To the tune of 'I Surrender All'. Words by Zac Hicks

: chorus :
Christ surrendered all
Christ surrendered all
All for me and my salvation
Christ surrendered all

: verse 1
All, Lord Jesus, You surrendered
All to me You freely gave
All my sin You bravely shouldered
All for me, my life to save

: verse 2 :
All, Lord Jesus, You surrendered
All your rights You left behind
Trading might for humble weakness
For the good of all mankind 

: verse 3 :
All, Lord Jesus, You surrendered
All for me, your enemy
Worldly pleasures I was seeking
Still, Lord, You were seeking me 

: verse 4 :
All Your life is all my merit
All Your death my ransom paid
Now I feel no condemnation
Just a love that cannot fade


Additional Resources

Video: Holy Week - Tuesday

Filmed in conjunction with the book The Final Days of Jesus, this video features short explanations from and interviews with New Testament professors Grant Osborne (of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) and Andreas Köstenberger (of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) along with historian of ancient history Paul Maier (of Western Michigan University), focusing in particular on the opposition to Jesus and what angered his Jewish antagonists so much.

Holy Week Spotify Playlist

We created a Spotify playlist with music focused on Holy Week. We hope these songs will help you reflect on this momentous week, and help prepare your heart as we reflect on and celebrate these events.

Pinterest

Check out our Easter Pinterest Board for activity and craft ideas for the whole family! You can find the board here.

Books

The following two books were used to help prepare these daily Holy Week devotionals.

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The Final Days of Jesus

A chronological arrangement, with commentary, to help one understand what happened and why it matters today.
More information here.

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ESV Family Devotional Bible

Designed to help families read the Bible and apply God's Word together.

More information here.

Study Guide

The Final Days of Jesus has a companion study guide available as a free PDF. You can download it here.