Passion Week is the week starting on Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday when Christ arose from the grave.
Josh Byers has put together this great infographic, cross-referencing each event during Passion Week with scripture — including major location changes “as well as the relative possible timing of the Last Supper, Trial and Crucifixion.”:
In Jerusalem, Westerners ask where the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is, but Eastern Christians know it as the Church of the Resurrection. Some Christians stop at the cross, at Jesus bearing the sins of the whole world. Others go through the cross, the empty tomb and emerge surprised, seeing the old world lived in differently with new colour and joy.
Easter is not about death and destruction – business as usual in the old world. At the empty tomb Jesus’ followers are surprised by life, bewildered and transformed by hope. Old rules have been broken. We’re offered new life not because Jesus absorbed the sin and muck of the world on the cross, but because having done so, God then raised him from the dead. #
I want to be an Eastern Christian in Jerusalem, to live in the light of the resurrection. Easter is not possible without having first gone through Good Friday and Empty Saturday; but, if we stop at Good Friday, we have believed the lies of the old world that death has the final word. We must move on to be the Church of the Resurrection – confident to live as Easter People with ‘resurrection’ as our cry.
Spotted this excellent Easter meditation yesterday, with the starting point of considering a Creme Egg (which I know that a good number of people will be doing over the next few weeks). Delivered by Dave Crofts of Christ Church Central in Sheffield:
Another great video from St. Helen’s Bishopsgate in London:
Here’s my favourite talk that I do each year – feel free to use and adapt:
Preparation: One egg, towel, plastic sheeting/black sack, chocolate Easter egg. Willing teacher and volunteer.
Ask: ‘I wonder if anyone can tell me what love is?’ Field the various responses and say, ‘sometimes love is giving up something so that you can help someone else. For example, you may give up watching a TV programme so you can help your mum with the housework or dinner, to show her you love her. Or, you give some of your time and effort to raise money for people less fortunate than yourself because you care for them. (Red nose day)
Now, this kind of giving we call sacrifice which means ‘giving up something valuable for something else that’s really important.’
Now to explain a bit more about sacrifice we’ve got a little quiz with a nice prize for the winner and a nasty forfeit for the loser.
Winner will get chocolate, loser will get egged! (Get a leader to be your partner in crime)
Ask them three questions each, easy ones to your volunteer – they of course get the questions right. Ask the leader difficult questions – they of course get the answers wrong! (Alternate question asking)
At the end, say you are going to egg the leader as they clearly got all their questions wrong. Here’s where your volunteer steps in to take the egging in their place – break the egg on their head.
Sacrifice is a really important part of love. And (Chris) suffered a little there, he gave up his nice hairdo so your teacher didn’t have to take the punishment for getting all those questions wrong.
Now it’s easy to say you love someone, it’s easy to give someone a hug, and hugging is a part of showing someone you love him or her. But are we prepared to suffer to help others?
Next week is Easter, a time when Christians remember the death of Jesus and celebrate His resurrection.
Just as Chris stepped in to take the punishment for the wrong answers from your teacher, we believe that Jesus stepped in and was crucified to take the punishment for all the wrong we do, so that if we chose to follow Him we can be forgiven and one day have eternal life with him.
There is a verse in the Bible that says:
For God loved the world so much that he gave His one and only Son so that whoever believes in Him may not be lost but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
Christians believe that this was the greatest sacrifice anyone has ever made, to lay down his life for the whole world.
You will hopefully never be in the place of having to give up your life for someone, but maybe you might think about some sacrifices you could make, to show someone you care or love them.
And when eating your chocolate eggs next week, perhaps you might remember the Christian message behind Easter, that of Jesus giving up His life for us all.
- What are Easter eggs made of? Chocolate
- What colour is chocolate? Brown
- What day of the week is Easter Sunday on? Sunday
- When was the first mass produced Easter egg made? 1873
- What is Chris’s favourite kind of chocolate? Twix
- What was the date of Easter Sunday in the 2000? 23rd April
(Ask questions alternatively)