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Have you ever wondered why Jesus took 40 days between his resurrection and ascension? He needed to prepare his Disciples for what life would look like after he was gone…
Have you ever wondered why Jesus took 40 days between his resurrection and ascension? He needed to prepare his Disciples for what life would look like after he was gone…

This year ChurchAlive is doing Easter a bit differently. From the 6-12 April, each day we are posting a devotional on the journey Jesus took.  We hope you enjoy ChurchAlive’s Easter Online Experience.

Sermon Notes Easter 2020

This Easter we have taken a 7 day journey to consider the events of Jesus life, death and resurrection. These notes include the Bible passages and some questions for discussion with your family or LifeGroup. We encourage you to share your Easter Experience by having a time of discussion and prayer together, whether this is in person, over the phone or with a video call on WhatsApp or Zoom. Choose the questions that are most relevant to you.

1. Pilgrimage to Jerusalem
Psalm 84
Think about the practical aspects that Jesus, his family and disciples experienced as they walked to Jerusalem to meet with God in the Temple. How is that different for us today? In what ways are there similarities?

2. The Alabaster Jar
Mark 14:1-9
There were strong reactions to the women who anointed Jesus with expensive perfume. She worshipped him, and this offended others.
What do you feel about her expensive and extravagant actions?
What did her act of worship mean to Jesus?
What areas of your own life (time, money, body) do you feel express worship to Jesus? What does Romans 12:1 teach about worship?

3. The Last Supper
Mark 14: 13-17
Why did Jesus choose an ‘ordinary home’ for this significant time with his disciples?
How do you feel that Jesus using this space affected this man and his family?
Is there something in your life that Jesus is asking you to give up for his purposes?
Take communion and consider that Jesus blessed the bread which represents his body – and then broke it. God blesses and uses brokenness. Are there areas in your life where you need God to bless and heal brokenness?

4. Garden of Gethsemane
Mark 14:32-41
Why did Jesus take his disciples to the olive grove to pray?
What makes praying outside different to praying indoors?
Do you see any significance in the olive trees?
What does the Bible teach in Col 4:2 and 1 Peter 5:8?
Consider joining the Prayer movement for the pandemic UNITE714.com and pray daily for those affected at 07h14 morning and evening.

5. Jesus’ Trial
Mark 15:9-15
Why did the crowd demand the death of Jesus?
In what ways are you influenced by crowds and other people’s opinions?
In what ways can social media be a ‘flogging platform’?
Have you said or done something that hurt someone else – like the crowd’s demands resulted in the flogging of Jesus?
Romans 12:2
What does the Bible say about how we should be influenced in our thinking?

6. Mourning
Mark 15:33-39 Jesus death
Psalm 69:20-21
What do you think the disciples must have thought and felt on Saturday after Jesus death? Have you experienced similar feelings?
Do you know someone who has lost a loved one? If so, pray for them through bereavement and contact them to encourage them. Light a candle to proclaim that the darkness has been broken by Jesus to bring us hope.

7. Resurrection
Mark 16:1-7
The angel told the women who found the empty tomb to “tell the disciples, including Peter” which is an interesting instruction. Peter was the disciple who had followed the longest, but who denied and failed him. Peter represents our failure and disappointment.
Why do you feel that Peter was mentioned by name?
What does this mean for you?
There had to be a death before there could be a resurrection.
In the same way, Jesus calls us to die to things in our life. This includes sin but may also require a death of ways that we used to do things.
Is there an area in your life that you feel God is asking you to die?
What will you do about it?

We pray that you will experience the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit in new ways this Easter (2 Cor 13:14)

God bless!
From Paster J and Debbie

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