REDEEMING THE CHAOS

Flesh and Blood – Come and See! Chapter 6
Laurie Christine
Laurie Christine
March 10, 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 6 – FLESH AND BLOOD.

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 book includes 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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FLESH AND BLOOD – Told by John, A Disciple of Jesus

Flesh and Blood, Come and See chapter 6

My thoughts were all over the place. Jesus’ body and blood? What was he talking about?

JOHN, DISCIPLE OF JESUS

Jesus had just finished washing each of our feet, and we were a bit shaken, trying to process this act of service demonstrated by our Lord. 

As we sat around the table, Jesus picked up a loaf of bread and tore it in half. Holding it up for all of us to see, he announced: “This bread represents my body, which will be broken for you, in the same way this bread has been broken.” He passed out pieces of bread to each of us saying, “You should continue to do this to remember me.”  

Remember him? Why did we need to remember him? I wondered. Was he going somewhere? 

Next, he picked up a goblet of red wine. He held it up as he did with the bread. “This wine represents my blood, which will be poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many people.” He passed the goblet around for each of us to take a sip. 

My thoughts were all over the place. Jesus’ body and blood? What was he talking about? A sacrifice for sins? Well, that part I understood. Every year, the high priest would kill a lamb in order to pay the penalty for the sins of the people. The law states that there is no forgiveness without the shedding of blood. My thoughts darted back to an event a few years earlier when Jesus’ cousin, John the Baptist, introduced Jesus as the “Lamb of God” who takes away the sin of the world. Was Jesus comparing himself to a sacrificial lamb? 

Jesus spent a lot of time talking with us that night, telling us many things that were difficult to understand. He told us that someone would betray him and that he would have to go away for a while. He told us that he would have to die, that his body would be broken and that his blood would be shed for us. It was all so much to process. What did it all mean?

But even when sharing news that seemed so hopeless, Jesus always had a way of comforting us. “Don’t let your hearts be troubled,” he told us. “You can trust me in the same way that you trust God. If you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the Father! If you want to be near the Father, you must go through me. I am the way, the truth, and the life. I don’t have much time left with you, my friends. I will need to leave you for a little while, but then I will come back to you. And after I leave, I will send a helper — the Holy Spirit — to remind you of everything I’ve been teaching you. But don’t worry, I will leave you with a gift — deep and everlasting peace for your hearts, as well as your minds. You don’t need to be afraid!”  

I sighed deeply. Jesus’ words were like water for my thirsty soul. Even though I didn’t understand everything that Jesus explained to us that night, I could feel a sense of peace wrapped around my heart like a blanket. I didn’t know what was going to happen, but I knew that Jesus was in control. I knew he would keep his promises.


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