It’s a very simple command that has life-altering results. Try practicing this command from Jesus this week.
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?
Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18
And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them,You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.
11 “You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another. 12 You shall not swear by my name falsely, and so profane the name of your God: I am theLord.
13 “You shall not oppress your neighbor or rob him. The wages of a hired worker shall not remain with you all night until the morning. 14 You shall not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind, but you shall fear your God: I am the Lord.
15 “You shall do no injustice in court. You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor. 16 You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not stand up against the life of your neighbor: I am the Lord.
17 “You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him. 18 You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.
What commands does God give to the people?
Which commands do you struggle living out in your daily life?
How can you better integrate these into your life?
What is the reason we should follow God’s commands?
How do these verses bring new meaning to Lent for you?
27 After that He went out and noticed a tax collector named Levi sitting in the tax booth, and He said to him, “Follow Me.” 28 And he left everything behind, and got up and began to follow Him.
29 And Levi gave a big reception for Him in his house; and there was a great crowd of tax collectors and other people who were reclining at the table with them. 30 The Pharisees and their scribes began grumbling at His disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with the tax collectors and sinners?” 31 And Jesus answered and said to them, “It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:27-32
Who does Jesus call to follow him? Is this expected?
What does this show us about Jesus’ calling of people?
What kind of people would you tend to associate with? Are these people that Jesus associated with?
What do the Pharisees accuse Jesus of doing?
What does this reveal to us about the common practices of Jesus?
What implications does this have for you during Lent?
If Jesus came to call sinners to repentance, how is repentance being played out in your life?
26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” 29 But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. 30 The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; 33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” 34 Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God. 36 And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
What does this passage teach us about how God wants to engage us?
What “signs” are given to prove God’s desire to connect with us?
What words, titles, names are given for the baby?
How do these words affect you during Lent?
How can this passage relate to you and God’s choice of you to present His Son to the world?
What does God choosing Mary reveal to us about His desire for mankind? His ability to use us?
What can we learn from Mary’s willingness to be used?