- What are the pressure points in your life? What are you anxious about? Is there a Garden of Gethsemane in your life; a place you can go to talk to God when you feel stressed and alone?
- God orchestrated the Easter story such that we wouldn’t miss its significance. Which of the following linkages speaks most poignantly to you?
- The events of Easter take place during the Passover (i.e. Jesus is the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world).
- Jesus was betrayed for 30 shekels (see Zechariah 11:12-13).
- The connection between the Garden of Gethsemane and the cup of the Lord’s wrath.
- The connection between the “place of pressing” (Gat-Shemanim) and Isaiah 53:5.
- Jesus’ multiple and clear predictions of his death and resurrection prior to the events of Easter.
- The connection between Psalm 22:1-18 and the events of the cross. (If you’ve never read it, read I now).
- Something else?
4. At what point in your life did the message of the cross become truly meaningful for you? How did sharing communion and being anointed with oil on Sunday help you?
5. Spend some time this week praying the following Lenten prayer. It’s a prayer by St. Augustine:
the house of my soul is narrow;
enlarge it that you may enter in.
It is ruinous, O repair it!
It displeases your sight.
I confess it, I know.
But who shall cleanse it,
to whom shall I cry but to you?
Cleanse me from my secret faults, O Lord,
and spare your servant from strange sins.