Jesus knew his final days were upon him. He had been preaching to the people about being the way, the truth, and the life. He had raised Lazarus from the dead, spoken about loving your neighbor as yourself, and foretold how one of his disciples would betray him. Jesus was breaking rules, changing lives, and reinventing how people viewed God.
I wish I had been there to hear Jesus’ words. The passion he had for people was simply undeniable. He wasn’t about numbers or politics or saving face, our Lord and Savior was sent to wake people up, radically change their beliefs, and save them from the hopelessness they knew.
Can you imagine watching a few loaves of bread and some fish transform into enough food for 5,000+ people?!!!
The video would have streamed live and gone viral in minutes.
For those of us who were not present during Jesus’ years on earth we have the hope of the Holy Spirit in place of His presence and a chance to celebrate the remarkable person who forever changed the destiny of our souls on that fateful Friday and then again on Sunday.
This year Easter is on April 16th, and Lent begins March 1st. Some of you may be wondering what Lent is exactly.
Lent is the precursor to Easter. It lasts for forty days (not including Sundays) and is meant for believers to focus on prayer, fasting, and simple living. We prepare ourselves to remember Christ’s sacrifice for us and our commitment to Him. Some people give up personal time to serve at church or in the community. Others fast by giving up something a food, a habit, or an activity. This serves as a reminder to focus on God and seek Him more. So, if you give up coffee (yikes!), every time you think of coffee you direct your thoughts to God through prayer and service.
This year I wanted to dedicate my time to bible journaling. I absolutely love drawing in my bible. I feel more connected to the stories of real people doing hard things for a God who never gives up on them (or us). I created the Bible Journaling Through Lent: 6 Easter Devotions to help me stay accountable to this season of meditation and to focus on Christ.
And I want you to join me! Simply take a screenshot of the image below or go here to print off a copy for you and a friend. Each Monday I will share my bible page here along with a short devotion. Then throughout that week you can share your journaled page by simply using the hashtag #biblejournalingthroughlent on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and wherever else you like.
*CORRECTION ON PRINTABLE: If you printed out the scripture cards before you will need to print the new one like above. Somehow I put the wrong scripture for March 21st. Chalk it up to the many distractions in my home!
It’s that easy!
I cannot wait to see what God does during this time of quiet reflection and creativity. May your hearts be filled with the truth that Jesus came to set us free!
Do you have a favorite verse or story for Easter?