46 Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. Luke 23:46
With what is Jesus asking you to trust into His hands?
With today being Resurrection Day, what connotes “good, new life” to you?
Now that Lent is over, how do you see that your prayer has changed? Fasting? Spiritual awareness?
What does Christ want you to do in this next season of life?
30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:30
What did Jesus mean when He said: “It is finished”?
With Easter one day away, how do you feel about your Lenten season? Will you finish well?
Is there anything which you have started that you did not complete?
How can you work on that?
What task is Christ desirous for you to complete?
As Lent ends tomorrow, what will you walk away thinking was the most memorable?
Was there anything extremely difficult about Lent for you? Anything easier?
What lesson will you take from Lent this year that you feel is the most memorable or life-altering?
46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is,“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46
How have you felt abandoned? Alone? Desperate?
Where have you turned on those occasions? To whom or what have you looked to for peace, satisfaction, or relief?
Have you ever felt like God has turned His back on you?
Have you ever turned your back on God? Another?
How have you been crying out to God this Lent season? In what ways has God met you in your times of “abandonment”?
26When Jesus saw his mother and his favorite disciple with her, he said to his mother, “This man is now your son.” 27Then he said to the disciple, “She is now your mother.” From then on, that disciple took her into his own home. John 19:26-27
What does this passage teach us about relationships?
How has Lent helped you in your relationships?
Do you feel that there are any relationships that need to change? Be strengthened?
What are your roles and responsibilities in your current relationships?
As Lent continues, how do you need to focus more time and energy in your relationship with Christ? Family? Friends?Those who need Christ?
40But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” Luke 23:40-43
As Lent concludes this week, how has salvation been part of your thoughts? Grace? Mercy? Forgiveness?
How does it make you feel knowing that someone perfect died for you? In your place?
How does the criminal on the cross relate with your story of finding Christ?
What words come to your mind as you reflect on the salvation experience of the criminal?
In practicing Lent, how have you become more aware of your own “criminal heart”? How have you become more aware of Christ’s “compassionate heart”?
33And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments. 35And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” 36The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine 37and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.” Luke 23:34
What things happen in this passage? Notice things happening on the cross and around it.
How do you picture the scene? Is it black and white? Sepia? Full color?
What stands out to you about Jesus’ prayer for forgiveness?
How does His prayer affect you?
Would you be able to make that kind of prayer? Why or why not?
How can you focus today on the word “forgiveness”?
Is there someone you need to forgive?
Is there someone whom you need to ask forgiveness from?