Growing In Christ

Come to My Place this Easter

Read: Matthew 26:17–19 and Luke 22:10–12

He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house’ ” (Matthew 26:18 NIV).

Reflect: Hospitality is known as a great Southern tradition. We enjoy opening our homes to friends and families and take great efforts to prepare our houses to entertain our guests. It is much less common to open our homes to complete strangers.  

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).

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