This week in THE STORY we examine Chapter 26 entitled “The Hour of Darkness.”
Monday: Read Mark 11:2-3 and Mark 11:9-10. The crowd in Jerusalem thought Jesus was going to establish his kingdom by force (how else would a Messiah overcome the Romans?), but he enters in on a donkey, a symbol of peace. Why? What message is he conveying to them and to us? What is the “donkey” God might be asking you to share?
Tuesday: Read John 13:1-10. What was Jesus trying to teach the disciples when He washed their feet? What does this tell you about God’s kingdom? Would it be easier for you to wash someone else’s feet or for someone else to wash your feet? What is it that makes the servant life of Jesus hard for us to accept?
Thursday: Read Matthew 26:36-42. In the midst of our own dark times, when we cannot sense God’s presence or hear His voice, we must remember that when the Father’s work is finished, light returns. What can we learn from Jesus’ willingness to drink from the cup the Father gave Him? What encouragement can we take from Jesus’ endurance through the hour of darkness?
Friday: Read Luke 23:32-43. If you had been in the crowd, what role would you have played? Imagine yourself as a Roman soldier who had nailed Jesus to the cross, how might you respond to His word of forgiveness? If you had been one of the criminals, would you have cursed or blessed Him? What if you were part of Jesus’ family or friends, how might you respond to the events of that day?
Saturday: Read Matthew 27:46-54. Jesus’ betrayal, arrest, trial, crucifixion and death are also known as the “Passion.” Describe your most dramatic experience of the Passion. What was it? Scripture? A movie? A play? A Good Friday worship service? What did you think, and how did it make you feel? How does it feel to know that Jesus knowingly did all of this for you?
The Bible passages covered in Chapter 26 of THE STORY are excerpts from the following chapters: Matthew 26-27, Mark 14-15, Luke 22-23, and John 13-14, 16-19.