Holy Week Devotional - Resurrection Sunday

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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.

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What Happened on Resurrection Sunday?

Suggested Readings

Some women discover the empty tomb and are instructed by angels
Matthew 28:1-7; Mark 16:1-7; Luke 24:1-7; John 20:1

The women, fearful and joyful, leave the garden and tell the disciples
Matthew 28:8-10; Luke 24:8-11; John 20:2

Peter and John rush to the tomb based upon Mary Magdalene’s report and discover it empty
Luke 24:12; John 20:3-10

Mary returns to the tomb and encounters Jesus
John 20:11-18

Jesus appears to Cleopas and a friend on the road to Emmaus
Luke 24:13-35

That evening Jesus appears to the Eleven (minus Thomas) in a house in Jerusalem
Luke 24:36-43; John 20:19-23

Devotional

He is risen! So what does that mean for us?
Some times during the week of Easter it can be easy to focus on God's wrath. And while that is absolutely appropriate to draw attention to (for the Passion of Christ is Jesus enduring every ounce of God's wrath that was reserved for you and me), something else just as worthy of our attention happened on Resurrection Sunday. Jesus rose from the dead, thus conquering sin and death so that you and I might live!!! So for today, Resurrection Sunday, and for this final daily devotional, we want to leave you with words of hope and encouragement. Read these verses and be reminded what Christ's resurrection means for you and for me!

'Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”' - John 11:25-26

"Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord...but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel" - 2 Timothy 1:8-10

"What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus." - Romans 6:1-11

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." - 1 Peter 1:3-5

“But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive...
Death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
- 1 Corinthians 15:20-22, 54-57

"Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen." - Hebrews 13:20-21


Family Discipleship

The empty tomb
John 20:1-18

  1. What did Peter and John see when they looked into the tomb?
  2. How did Mary know that the man she saw in the garden was not the gardener?
  3. Who was it?
  4. When do we celebrate Jesus' resurrection? Why do we celebrate it?

Worship Through Song

Christ is Risen

: chorus :
Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling over death by death
Come awake come awake
Come and rise up from the grave
Christ is risen from the dead
We are one with Him again
Come awake come awake
Come and rise up from the grave

: verse 1 :
Let no one caught in sin remain
Inside the lie of inward shame
But fix our eyes upon the cross
And run to Him
who showed great love
And bled for us
Freely You've bled for us

: verse 2 :
Beneath the weight of all our sin
You bowed to none but heaven's will
No scheme of hell no scoffer's crown
No burden great can hold You down
In strength You reign
Forever let Your church proclaim

: bridge :
O death where is your sting
O hell where is your victory
O church come stand in the light
The glory of God has defeated the night
Singing O death where is your sting
O hell where is your victory
O church come stand in the light
Our God is not dead
He's alive He's alive

 


Additional Resources

Video: Holy Week - Resurrection Sunday

Filmed in conjunction with the book The Final Days of Jesus, this video features short explanations from and interviews with New Testament professors Doug Moo and Andreas Köstenberger on the importance of women being the first to discover the empty tomb and the meaning of Easter Sunday.

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.