We have prepared these Easter shareables for your church to share on your social media channels. Feel free to add your own personal logo or if you prefer, we added a United Methodist Church brand for you to use. The communications department encourages you to write a personal message on your social media to go with these graphics to explain Lent and invite people to come to church. Feel free to use the the copy we have written for each graphic as well. Click each image below to download.
Holy Week begins today! This Sunday is a celebration of wonder. We celebrate that God continues to surprise and are welcoming in the miracle to come: the miracle of Resurrection. ... Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!
- Matthew 21:9 #palmsunday #txumc
Maundy Thursday is an alternate name for Holy Thursday, the first of the three days of solemn remembrance of the events leading up to and immediately following the crucifixion of Jesus. The English word "Maundy" comes from the Latin mandatum, which means "commandment." As recorded in John's gospel, on his last night before his betrayal and arrest, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and then gave them a new commandment to love one another as he had loved them (John 13:34). This is why services on this night generally include the washing of feet or other acts of physical care as an integral part of the celebration.
While John's gospel does not record the institution of the Lord's Supper among the events of this night, the other gospels do. Christians, therefore, keep this night with celebrations both at the basin (footwashing) and at the Lord's Table (Holy Communion). https://www.umc.org/en/content/ask-the-umc-what-is-maundy-thursday
Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said, “I am thirsty.”A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips. When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19: 28-30
When Jesus said, “It is finished!” Those last words on the cross were not an admission of defeat – they were a proclamation of accomplishment! This was no whisper of failure – it was the shout of triumph announcing the victory is and forever will be won!
Surely he took up our pain, and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53: 4, 5
But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, just as He said! Come, see the place where He lay. Then go quickly and tell His disciples, ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see Him.’ See, I have told you.” Matthew 28: 5-7