During this Holy Week, we have a great opportunity to spend time with our Campaigners groups looking at the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. Many of them may have never put together the details of how those final days played out. It’s the most important week in the life of a Christian- take advantage of this sacred time to talk about it with your middle, high school, and college friends!
Over a Zoom call, you can share your screen and pull up Luke 22-24. Take turns reading the historical account out loud.
After you read through the story, have them sum up how those last three days played out.
On Thursday, he washed his disciples’ feet at the last supper. He agonized in prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane where his sweat became like drops of blood falling to the ground (Luke 22:44). He was betrayed by one of his closest companions and arrested in the middle of the night.
On Friday, they threw Jesus before a slew of different authority figures: Annas, Caiaphas, the Sanhedrin, Herod and Pilate. During the trials, he was denied three times by his best friend. No one could find him guilty and yet he was led like an innocent lamb to the slaughter. He was mocked, beaten, stripped, spit upon, and crucified.
His body laid in a borrowed tomb.
He defeated death and appeared to many eye-witnesses with his scarred and resurrected body.
Then, ask them questions and help them process the most important week in the history of the world.
– How does reading that make you feel?
– After reading that, how would you describe Jesus?
– Why did Jesus do that? Why did he have to die?
– Why did God, the Father, allow his son to endure such awful punishment?
– What does Jesus dying 2,000 years ago have to do with us today?
– What does Christ’s resurrection 2,000 years ago have to do with us today?
– Why is Easter such a big deal to Christians?
Finish up by reading 1 Corinthians 15:12-19 together.
If you’d like to read more about Holy Week, here’s a free download of the book “The Final Days of Jesus: The Most Important Week of the Most Important Person Who Ever Lived.” It’s written by Andreas J. Kostenberger & Justin Taylor and offered free-of-charge by Crossway.