REDEEMING THE CHAOS

The Hill of the Skull – Come and See! Chapter 17
Laurie Christine
Laurie Christine
March 21, 2021

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Welcome to this special Easter edition of Redeeming the Chaos with Laurie Christine! 

Come and See! 30 Family Bible Stories for Easter

A FAMILY DEVOTIONAL FOR EASTER

For 30 days leading up to Easter, I will be reading to you from my easter devotional book, Come and See! 30 Family Bible Stories for Easter.  

Today, I am reading Come and See! Chapter 17 – THE HILL OF THE SKULL

Come and See!  invites families of elementary-aged children to experience firsthand the anticipation, the sorrow, the tragedy, the fear, and the ultimate triumph of Jesus’ death and resurrection. 

Through the eyes of six eye witnesses, you will be led on a journey through the busyness of  the streets of Jerusalem, to the despair of Golgotha, and finally to the celebration of the empty grave.

This bookincludes 30 short devotional stories, each with accompanying Scripture references and questions for discussion and imagination.

We are going to be reading one story each day leading up to Easter.  You’re welcome to grab the kids and listen together for your family Bible time.  Or, if you would rather read to your kids on your own, you can DOWNLOAD A FREE COPY OF THE ENTIRE EBOOK HERE.

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THE HILL OF THE SKULL – Told by Mary Magdalene, A follower of Jesus

“We were all in shock, trying to process what was happening right before our eyes. I covered my face with the corner of my veil, attempting to muffle my heartbroken sobs, but it was no use.”

mary magdalene, a follower of jesus

We had received the news early Friday morning that Jesus had been arrested and sentenced to death by crucifixion. I didn’t want to believe it. There had to be some mistake. Jesus had done nothing wrong! What right did they have to arrest him?

I had spent the last three years with Jesus and his followers. It all started back when Jesus had healed me from the possession of seven demons! Yep, that’s right—seven. It was NOT a fun experience, let me tell you. Ever since then, I have been a passionate follower of Jesus, wanting to support his ministry in any way possible.

I was still shaking from the news that Peter and John had shared with us women. The Roman soldiers had taken Jesus to the Hill of the Skull, a common location for executions. A few of the other women and I, including another Mary (the mother of James and Joseph), as well as Salome (the mother of James and John) had followed the crowd at a distance. We didn’t want to get too close, just in case there was trouble. 

From our position at the bottom of the hill, we could see Jesus, hanging on a cross. His hands and feet had been nailed to the rough wood with thick, sharp spikes. The soldiers had stripped him of nearly all of his clothing, and his bare chest was covered in jagged, bloody wounds. A circular wreath of thorn branches had been roughly smashed onto his head, piercing his skin and causing rivers of blood to flow down over his hair and face. 

My friends and I sat on the damp grass, huddled together in the mid-morning sunshine. There was no lighthearted chatter that morning, as there typically was when all of us women got together. We were all in shock, trying to process what was happening right before our eyes. I covered my face with the corner of my veil, attempting to muffle my heartbroken sobs, but it was no use. My chest rose and fell in heaving waves, as I tried to keep myself from throwing up. Salome put her arm around me, and I leaned my head on her shoulder and cried.


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“Be strong and courageous, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” 

JOSHUA 1:9

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