Updated: Aug 19
*This devotion was taken from the devotions Pastor Frankie wrote on Jesus' life and mailed to the children of EVNaz. These devotional books can be found at www.evnaz.org/kidsmatterministries.
After Jesus arrived in Jerusalem, He wanted to gather and eat with His closest friends, the disciples. A few days later, He was going to be put to death by people who would falsely accuse Him of doing wrong. This was going to leave the disciples confused, scared and hurt. Jesus ate with them to prepare them for what was going to happen and asked them to remember how He loved others and to remember to always trust God.
Maybe you’re like the disciples. Maybe you’ve had a moment where you were confused, hurt or scared. It’s easy to get lost in those moments, but if you just remember how Jesus trusted God no matter what, you’ll also be able to get through even the scariest moments. He is always with you.
When is a time you have been scared?
What aspect of Jesus is important to remember in those moments?
What are some ways you can remember Jesus during your day?
Jesus ate a meal with His disciples and asked them to remember Him. He asked them to carry on the mission of bringing hope and freedom to all people. You can remember Jesus today, too. Can you carry on His mission to love, even when you’re scared? To bring peace, even when others want you to fight? Remember, Jesus is with you always and you can always talk to Him in prayer.
“When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” in the kingdom of God.” After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” Luke 22:14-20
When it seems dark, when you’re scared, take a moment and remember Jesus. A great way to remember Him is to look at the Gospels - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John - and see the way He lived. Can you remember Jesus this week? Maybe during a meal, you and your family or friends can take a moment and say one thing you’re grateful for about Jesus’ way of living.
Thank you for sending Jesus. Thank you that you are always with me. Thank you for Easter.
In Jesus Name, Amen