March 17: Suffering in the Garden

Read Luke 22:39-53

To imagine His dread doesn’t touch how He must have felt. My mind can’t grasp this part of His journey. The inability of His disciples to stay awake and pray. The inner torment of the suffering He knew lay just beyond those olive trees. The horrible knowledge that His best friends would all abandon Him in His darkest hour, the hour through which He would journey for them. Yes, this part of the journey to the empty tomb is hard to imagine.

Still, He did it. He walked every step of that journey to the empty tomb so you and I could follow Him into eternal life.

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March 16: Jesus Washes the Disciples Feet

He had taken on the form of a slave at the beginning of His journey, this journey that would soon lead to an empty tomb. Jesus Christ, the Son of God Himself “made Himself nothing . . . and humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death . . . on a cross (Phil. 2:6,8). As such, He knelt down and physically served the men whose Lord He’d become. The Son of God knelt down like a servant and washed the feet of the ones who called Him Lord.

John 13:1-20

It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God;so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

“No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”

Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

“Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”

10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.

12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

18 “I am not referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. But this is to fulfill this passage of Scripture: ‘He who shared my bread has turned against me.’

19 “I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am who I am. 20 Very truly I tell you, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.”


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March 15: Journey Through the Upper Room

Read Matthew 26:20-26

The journey to the empty tomb led into an upper room where Jesus would dine with His 12 disciples. They would eat together for the last time before His torturous crucifixion and then on to the tomb that would three days later sit empty.

Have you ever wondered what this critical moment in the upper room must have looked like? Unfortunately, Peter and the other disciples did not capture it with cell-phone selfies and post the results to social media. Artists throughout history have, however, tried to capture moments like these. Undoubtedly, the most famous of these is Leonaro da Vinci’s rendering of the Last Supper in monastery refectory in Milan, Italy.

Although the actual seating arrangement was likely different than that depicted by the famous artist, da Vinci does a good job of capturing some of the potential responses to the idea that one of His own would betray Him.

Read more about this painting by going to:

Watch a brief video about this painting.

Or here is lengthier explanation: The Last Supper  (


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March 14: When Jesus Wept

Read Luke 19:41-44

His journey had led Him into Jerusalem where He would walk the road of suffering, die a criminal’s death. When Jesus got to Jerusalem this time, as His time of suffering drew near, He looked upon the place He Himself had created, the people lost and broken and desperately in need of a Savior.

And He wept.

He wept for the brokenness and the blindness and the ever-hardened hearts that would never see Him but for their stubborn pride that wouldn’t admit what they needed.

He knew He was all they needed. He would soon suffer on their behalf and they would still refuse to see.

And it made Him weep.

That’s how much He loved them. How badly He wanted them to know and see and let Him heal their broken souls and bring light to the darkness they didn’t know they were living inside. He wanted to free them, if only they would let Him.

He wants to free you too. He wants you live in the light of His saving, merciful, almighty grace that breaks chains of sin and death and dark living. Will you let Him?

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March 13: Beautiful Offering

Read Matthew 26:6-11

Jesus’ journey to the empty tomb stopped at the house of a man named Simon where a woman named Mary wholly offered the most extravagant sacrifice she could possibly summon. She put aside shame and risked great embarrassment to lavish upon Jesus the best of the best.

What would your best have been? Would you be willing to offer it to Jesus and unashamedly present Him with such extravagance? Are you willing, like Mary was, to put Jesus first despite what others think, even when it may not make sense?

Beautiful Thing a poem by Sacha Kauffman

Perfume poured
from her hands down;
She caught her breath,
steadied her heart’s pound.

A prized possession—
yet a mere earthly thing;
Hardly an offering
for Jesus the King.

So she broke the jar
and let it go.
A year’s wages
so quickly flowed.

Some scoffed, some stared
with judgmental words they tore,
“It could have been sold and used for the poor.”


Photo by Karthikeyan K on Unsplash

But her extravagant gift
was for Jesus alone.
She saw Him as King
though He had no throne.

Jesus silenced the mockers,
for they had failed to see,
“You’ll always have the poor,
but you won’t always have me.”

Unto Jesus she gave her best,
her all.
The alabaster truly
unworthy and small.

The greater gift—her “beautiful thing—”
was that she gave her everything.
She bowed her spirit and humbled her heart
to lavish Jesus and set Him apart.




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March 12: The Praise-worthy King

Read Matthew 21:1-11

He rode this part of His journey on a the back of a donkey. He rode right into Jerusalem, where the people would hail Him king. Just five days later, the very people who yelled “Hosanna!” and called Him king would and yell “Crucify Him” as He traveled that journey first to the cross and then to the empty tomb.

We call it Palm Sunday because of the palm branches those people waved as they hailed Him their king. They spread their cloaks on the road in homage to His royalty and yelled “Hosanna!” which means “Save us now!” They saw Him as the victorious king that He would soon prove Himself to be when He walked out of that grave and left death empty-handed.

Jesus the Christ was king as He rode that donkey into Jerusalem and king as He carried that cross up that hill. He was king when they yelled “Hosanna!” and king when they cried out “Crucify!” From deep inside prison walls, Theodulf of Orleans wrote this hymn of praise which can still be heard today in churches all over the world, often on Palm Sunday.

As you read through it, and maybe listen in with the video at the end, sing along in your heart. Tell the King who you believe Him to be. Praise Him, the King forever, with all glory, laud and honor.

All Glory, Laud and Honor, a hymn by Theodulf of Orleans

All glory, laud, and honor
to you, Redeemer, King,
to whom the lips of children
made sweet hosannas ring.
You are the King of Israel
and David’s royal Son,
now in the Lord’s name coming,
the King and Blessed One.

The company of angels
is praising you on high;
and we with all creation
in chorus make reply.
The people of the Hebrews
with palms before you went;
our praise and prayer and anthems
before you we present.

To you before your passion
they sang their hymns of praise;
to you, now high exalted,
our melody we raise.
As you received their praises,
accept the prayers we bring,
for you delight in goodness,
O good and gracious King!


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March 11: Jesus’ Week of Passion

Read John 12:27-50

It was the final week of Jesus’ journey to the empty tomb. The last seven days of Jesus’ journey which led up a hill to a horrible cross and in to a tomb where He would end death. He would leave the tomb empty, victorious King of Kings and true Lord of Lords.

According to Got Questions Ministries,  “Passion Week (also known as Holy Week) is the time from Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday(Resurrection Sunday). Also included within Passion Week are Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday, Spy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Passion Week is so named because of the passion with which Jesus willingly went to the cross in order to pay for the sins of His people. Passion Week is described in Matthew chapters 21-27; Mark chapters 11-15; Luke chapters 19-23; and John chapters 12-19. (It) begins with the triumphal entry on Palm Sunday on the back of a colt as prophesied in Zechariah 9:9.”

Passion Week marks the events that would ultimately prove His love for you and me and for all of mankind. These were the events through which all of mankind would witness His power over sin and death and the dominion they had held since that onerous day in the Garden called Eden.

As we journey through these events over the next few days, consider what it must have been like for Jesus as He approached the final days before suffering and being betrayed. Imagine the loss and despair He must have experienced when every last one of them ran away, even as He stayed His journey in order to present us with that empty tomb. What must Jesus have felt as He walked each day alongside His best friends and disciples? What must He have been thinking along that journey to the empty tomb?

Then let His journey lead you to praise His name with all that you are, to offer your life to Him as an act of worship.



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