Welcome to the seventh week of Lent Illustrated: Reflection and Renewal! The following prompt is an excerpted and abbreviated version of the prompt found in the eBook. If you would like to download the Lent Illustrated eBook, please visit the download page!
Today is the beginning of our final Lent Illustrated unit, Rejoice. In this final unit of our Lenten Bible study, we will focus on love, reflecting on God’s sacrificial love for us during the difficult days of Holy Week, and celebrating divine love and grace for Easter Sunday. He walked alongside us, gave up for us, and redeemed us from the darkest of places — for God so loved the world.
This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
[H]e saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit.
Context and prompt:
The verses above tell us that the deepest love is a sacrificial love, in which we would be willing to lay down our lives for our friends. This is how we ourselves have been loved by our God. This week, as we walk from Palm Sunday to Holy Saturday, we remember this sacrificial love in the moments our lives and in the pages of our Bibles.
Illustrate these verses with reflections on the themes of this final week of Lent. You may choose to sketch out the events of Holy Week, such as the Last Supper or the crucifixion. If this is too difficult, you may choose to focus on the overwhelming love of God for us, that “He gave his only Son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Don’t be afraid to express what you are feeling as we walk through this emotional week together. God is with us in the joy and the sorrow.