As we think about Easter Week happening this week, consider what happened on Monday, first, from the Rabbit Room, Russ Ramsey writes:
(See Matthew 21:12-22, Mark 11:12-19, Luke 19:45-48.)
If Jerusalem was a beehive, with His triumphal entry the day before, Jesus had hit it with a stick and you could hear the buzz grow as the anger within got organized. With that kingly arrival, He made a strong declaration about His authority over all the conventions of man.
On Monday, He returns for more, this time to declare the failure of His own people to live up to the covenantal mandate God had given them to be a blessing to the world. Much of what the Gospels tell us about Monday centers on the theme of Jesus’ authority—both over the created world and in His right to pass judgment over it. Everything Jesus did He did with authority. So when He woke His disciples Monday saying He wanted go back into Jerusalem to teach, as risky as it sounded it wasn’t surprising. But everyone sensed something stirring, as if Jesus had rounded a corner and His end was coming fast. He was a marked man.
Then, the Village Church Children’s Blog, encourages us to:
In Kids’ Village we have been talking about Jesus’ authority over all things. Authority is the right to be in charge, and this week we are talking about Jesus’ authority over sin.
Jesus is stronger than sin.
When we were powerless and unable to save ourselves from sin and the punishment for sin, Jesus went to the cross. He took the punishment for sin. This is why Jesus came to live among us. This is why He left the comfort and glory of Heaven and put on flesh.
Jesus came to die.
So, the Monday before His death He knew what would happen on Friday. Take time as a family and talk through the Family Discussion Questions over dinner as your family continues to prepare their hearts for Easter Sunday.
Spend this Monday, at some point, thinking about Jesus and His movement to saving us.