Experiencing Holy Week is to walk through Jesus’ most trying hours, contemplating the events that led to Easter.
Read and pray through the Last Supper (John 13:1-17, 31-35) and Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-46)
Represent Jesus: Before sitting down to dinner, take time to wash each other’s feet, explaining to your children that it’s a way to serve each other. Discuss what it means to serve others. Share ideas about how to better live this out in our daily lives.
Light a candle (representing Jesus) and place it in the centre of the dinner table.
Read: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35)
- How are you living out Jesus’ commandment to love one another as he loves you? Are there areas of your life where you need to bring this into more focus?
- Jesus humbled himself to wash the feet of his disciples, explaining that to lead you must serve. How are you leading – in your family, in your work, in your church, in your community? Are you leading by serving? How can you be a better leader by following Jesus’ example?
- Whatever the trials or suffering of our lives, however great our darkness or our pain, Jesus understands. In Matthew 26 we see that He knows deep agony, He knows what it is to dread what lies ahead, He knows the need to get down on the ground and cry out to God to be released. He knows. Was He trying to avoid the will of God, when He asked for the cup of suffering to be removed? His prayer: “may your will be done” answers this question.
- At times when the deep spiritual battles are at stake, we’re not on the alert, not at our posts, not playing our part, just like the sleeping disciples. Did Jesus give up on these disciples? What does Jesus ask them to do in verse 46? Jesus does not give up on us either. That does not mean our failures don’t matter, only that Jesus won’t let us wallow in past mistakes for there are new challenges we need to rise up to and face, just ahead.
Respond in Prayer: O Lord, the King of Kings, who led and taught not as a mighty ruler, but a servant leader, show me how to lead and live through love. Teach me how to love and serve others with a gracious and humble heart. Help me to always remember your words, being reminded each time I come before your table to share in the cup and the bread. As I come before you to eat the bread of redemption and drink the cup of your salvation, may I recommit my heart to serving you and leading through love. To you, O Lord, who are mighty to save, pour out your mercy and grace and lead me in your way. Amen.
It is time to extinguish the candle at the centre of the table and to quietly sit in darkness, contemplating a world without Jesus and His teachings.
It gives me great pleasure to post this Good News on behalf of my home church in Cape Town, South Africa: