This morning I woke up thinking of Easter...a time of joyous celebration, and typically it means church attendance when young and old alike are decked out in their Sunday best. Easter lunch traditionally follows with family; where grandmothers make deviled eggs and kids chow down on pink peeps & chocolate bunnies after the egg hunt.
For Christians, Easter has a different meaning. During this sacred week, Christians reflect on the Passion of Jesus Christ, who was crucified on a Friday and rose from the dead 3 days later. The resurrection of Jesus is foundational to the faith of every Christian. In Jesus’ death, He conquered sin and in Jesus’ resurrection He conquered death.
As I sit here this morning with mixed emotions, thinking how different Easter will look this year, it's clear how different our school days and work norms have become. While my heart is sad over the ”how we celebrate” looks so different, I am grateful that the ”why or who we celebrate” is the same today, yesterday, and forever; Jesus. Together, because of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, we can celebrate Easter as a FAMILY. Our school, our church, and our home are just buildings, but as believers we are His church. I know it’s hard and I know my heart is prone to worry. I have to remind myself over and over...”Give all your worries and cares to God because He cares about you.”
I pray you are doing well and that your family is “redeeming this time” and growing closer to each other as you are drawing near to our Savior.
I am so very proud of our teachers, parents, and students. Everyone is working very hard to embrace our new normal. Keep on keeping on and trusting God's plan. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if I can help in anyway.
Dr. Madison Nichols
Head of School
Christ's Church Academy
Please find some Passion Week readings below.
I thought these might be helpful to read for family time devotions during Holy Week as we prepare our hearts for Easter Sunday.
Passion Week Readings: Sunday 4/5
Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem. Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-10, Luke 19:28-44, John 12:12-18
Some Greeks see Jesus- John 12:20-36
Jesus returns to Bethany- Matthew 21:17
Passion Week Readings: Monday 4/6
Jesus curses the fig tree- Matthew 21:18-19, Mark 11:12-14
Jesus clears the Temple- Matthew 21:12-13, Mark 11:15-17, Luke 19:45-46
Jesus returns to Bethany- Mark 11:19
Passion Week Reading: Tuesday 4/7
Disciples see the withered fig tree on the return to Jerusalem. Matthew 21:20-22 and Mark 11:20-21
Temple controversies in Jerusalem. Matthew 21:23- chapter 23:39, Mark 11:27-chapter 12:44, Luke 20:1-Chapter 21:4
Olivet Discourse on the return to Bethany. Matthew 24:1- chapter 25:46, Mark 13:1-37, and Luke 21:5-36
Passion Week Reading: Wednesday 4/8 and Thursday 4/9
Jesus continues teaching- Luke 21:37-end of Chapter 38
Sanhedrin plots to kill Jesus- Matthew 26:3-5, Mark 14:1-2, Luke 22:1-2
Preparations for the Passover- Matthew 26:17-19, Mark 14:12-16, Luke 22:7-13
Thursday: Passover meal/Last Supper- Matthew 26:20-35, Mark 14:17-26, Luke 22:14-30
Upper Room Discourse- John 13:1-Chapter 17:26
Jesus prays in Gethsemane- Matthew 26:36-46, Mark 14:32-42, Luke 22:39-46
Passion Week Reading: Friday 4/10
Betrayal and arrest- Matthew 26:47-56, Mark 14:43-52, Luke 22:47-53, John 18:2-12
Trial before Annas- John 18:13-24
Trial before Caiaphas- Matthew 26:57-75, Mark 14:53-72, Luke 22:54-65, John 18:19-24
Trial before full Sanhedrin- Matthew 27:1-2, Mark 15:1, Luke 22:66-71
Trial before Pilate- Matthew 27:2-14, Mark 15:2-5, Luke 23:1-5
Trial before Herod- Luke 23:6-12
Trial before Pilate again- Matthew 27:15-26, Mark 15:6-15, Luke 23:13-25, John 18:28-Chapter 19:16
Crucifixion- Matthew 27:27-54, Mark 15:16-39, Luke 23:26-49, John 19:16-37
Burial- Matthew 27:57-61, Mark 15:42-47, Luke 23:50-54, John 19:38-42
Passion Week Reading: Sunday 4/12
Empty Tomb witnesses- Matthew 28:1-8, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24;1-12
Resurrection appearances- Matthew 28:9-20. Mark 16:9-20, Luke 24:13-53, John 20:1-Chapter 21:25
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