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Lent - 40 Days to Easter - Daily Devotionals

Updated on January 24, 2016

Lent - 40 days leading up to Easter

During the 40 days leading up to Easter called Lent, many Christian believers prepare themselves for Holy Week marking the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For many, prayer, repentance and self-denial are elements of this preparation.

In this space I have tried to come up with a collection of devotional reading material specifically designed for Easter preparation.

Lent in Context

Easter - The Greatest Thing That Ever Happened

Easter is a holiday on which Christians worldwide celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Although the resurrection is the most important event of Easter, preparations really start long before that with Lent, a 40 day period of prayer, fasting and repentance the last week of which is referred to as Holy Week. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem and ends with the resurrection on Easter Sunday.

The 50 days following Easter Sunday are referred to as the Easter Season.

The Greatest Story Ever Told

Of course, the best source of information about Easter is the Bible itself, but reality is that most of us need a little more help than that.

The Greatest Adventure Stories From the Bible: Episode 13, The Easter Story
The Greatest Adventure Stories From the Bible: Episode 13, The Easter Story

Animated. Great not just for kids, but also for grown-ups.

 

What is the Resurrection?

Why is it important?

The resurrection means a new beginning. Because Jesus rose from the dead conqering death, there is hope for all of us, that we can all have eternal life.

We may think we're doing all right, but Jesus promises there is something even better.

Bible Passages Describing the Resurrection

Of course, no one actually observed the resurrection itself, but the evangelists describe the events like this:

Matthew 28:5-7:

But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”

Mark 16:6-7

But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples—and Peter—that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.”

Luke 24:3-7

And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’”

John 20:1-2

Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.”

DVD

Ashes to Glory: An Easter Devotional on DVD
Ashes to Glory: An Easter Devotional on DVD

Daily devotion in text, song, poetry and art. Several different Bible translations included.

 

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Nice coverage!

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      Shelly Sellers 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Today is Easter and what a glorious day it is! Christ our Lord has risen!

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      Louidam1 LM 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing the true meaning of Easter!

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      These are nice devotionals to use during the 40 days of Lent.