March 2018

Holy Week Devotional

If we want to grow as Christian leaders in a hurting world, we’ll need to connect with Jesus – the true vine and the One who gives us life! This Easter, take a nine-day devotional journey back to the cross with Christian Women’s Leadership Center. This daily devotional starts on Saturday, March 24 and ends on Easter Sunday.

Throughout this devotional, we'll look at nine people who experienced the cross of Christ firsthand. You’ll have the opportunity to put yourself into the scene and personally reflect on each experience.

Easter Devotional

If we want to grow as Christian leaders in a hurting world, we’ll need to connect with Jesus – the true vine and the One who gives us life! This Easter, take a nine-day devotional journey back to the cross with Christian Women’s Leadership Center. This daily devotional starts on Saturday, March 24 and ends on Easter Sunday.

Throughout this devotional, we'll look at nine people who experienced the cross of Christ firsthand. You’ll have the opportunity to put yourself into the scene and personally reflect on each experience.

Come to My Place this Easter

Read: Matthew 26:17–19 and Luke 22:10–12

He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house’ ” (Matthew 26:18 NIV).

Reflect: Hospitality is known as a great Southern tradition. We enjoy opening our homes to friends and families and take great efforts to prepare our houses to entertain our guests. It is much less common to open our homes to complete strangers.  

Come Back to the Garden this Easter

Read: Matthew 26:36–46; Mark 14:32–42; Luke 22:39-46

“Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, ‘Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners’” (Matthew 26:45 NIV).

Reflect: My dear friends were leaving the country, and we were taking them to the airport late one night. It was a difficult time for them, and I knew it. We had served with them, and we loved them dearly.  It was one of those times when I needed to go to the airport, and yet, I was exhausted.

Come to the Fountain this Easter

Read: Matthew 27:11–25

“When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. ‘I am innocent of this man’s blood,’ he said. ‘It is your responsibility!’

“All the people answered, ‘His blood is on us and on our children!’” (Matthew 27:24–25 NIV).

Come Carry the Cross this Easter

Read: Luke 23:26–27; Mark 15:21; Matthew 27:32

“As the soldiers led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus” (Luke 23:26 NIV).

Come Back to the Tomb this Easter!

Read: Matthew 27:57–60; John 19:38–42; Mark 15:42–47; Luke 23:50–56

“Going to Pilate, he [Joseph of Arimathea] asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away” (Matthew 27:58–60 NIV).

Come Meet My Teacher this Easter

Read: John 20:11–16 - “Jesus said to her, ‘Mary.’ “She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, ‘Rabboni!’ (which means ‘Teacher’)”  (John 20:16 NIV).

Come Back to the Temple Court This Easter!

Read: Matthew 21:12–13; Mark 11:15–17; and Luke 19:45–48

Jesus gives the people an interesting perspective about the Temple. “And as he taught them, he said, ‘Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers’ ” (Mark 11:17).

Come back to my village this Easter!

Read: Luke 19:28–38

Look at the focal verses: “Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, ‘Why are you untying the colt?’ They replied, ‘The Lord needs it’ ” (Luke 19:32–34 NIV).

Come back to a house in Bethany this Easter!

Read: Matthew 26:6–13 and John 12:1–8

Look at the focal verse: “Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume” (John 12:3 NIV).

Reflect: When we throw parties for those we love, we put thought into whom we’ll invite and what we’ll serve. We know how we want our guests to feel, and we often make extravagant plans so that the honoree receives the recognition he or she deserves.