Growing In Christ

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).

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