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Monthly Archives: March 2013
Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). Here they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.
Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews.” Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”
When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. “Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.” This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled which said, “They divided my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.” So this is what the soldiers did.
Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
John 19:16-30, NIV
Many are the plans in a man’s heart,
but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
Proverbs 19:21, NIV
What plans did you make that you thought were the right ones? How did God show you His plan instead? How did He teach you that His way is the best way? What happened when you followed Him? Did you ever ignore His guidance? What happened? What did you learn from it?
How can you use your story in a personal experience piece? How can you use your insights in a how-to article? How can you use this verse in fiction? In a devotion? In poetry? In writing for children?
Please comment below:
What does Easter mean to you? What writing ideas do you glean from Easter?
The more we share with each other, the more we can all grow as writers. I look forward to your comments.
Holy Week is a time of reflection, repentance and, ultimately, joy as we celebrate Jesus’ death and resurrection – and His gift of salvation. He paid the price for our sins that we couldn’t pay ourselves. He did whatever it took to make us right with Him, if we’ll accept His gift of love and sacrifice. We didn’t deserve it. But, He loved us so much that He took on the pain of all our sins so that we could have a relationship with Him.
That’s what this week is all about. It boils down to this: God loves us.
As you go through this week, think about what Jesus did for you and how that affects your relationship with Him. How does it change the way you live your life? How does it affect the decisions you make? How does it change the way you relate to other people?
Write It Out
This week, worship God. When it’s over, take all your reflection, repentance experience, family memories and celebration of the joy of Easter, and write it out.
- Personal Experience: What did God teach you? How did He help you repair your relationship with Him? How did He bring you to humility and repentance? How did He renew the joy of your salvation? What stories can you tell? How can you touch your readers through the experiences you have this week?
- How-To: What guidance can you give your readers on a spiritual level? What about on a practical level (planning the meal, finding the best deals for Easter clothes, teaching children the true meaning of Easter, etc.)?
- Devotion: What reflections can you write about? How can you turn your readers to the cross and the empty tomb?
- Poetry: How can you share your feelings about Easter through your poetry?
- Fiction: You may not use the Easter holiday but you can show the impact of Easter in your story. Easter changed everything. If one of your characters is unsaved, you can show how a relationship with Christ changes them. But, make it realistic. Life doesn’t become perfect after we give our lives to Christ. God grows us from within to become more like Him.
- Writing for Children: How can you explain the Easter story to children? How can you take the focus off of bunnies and turn it to Jesus? How can you help them understand the depth of His love?
Worship, Then Write
This week, let the full weight of what Jesus did for you fall on you. Worship. Repent. Recommit. Then, write. Make this truly a holy week for you. Then, use the gift God gave you to share His love.
I hope you have a happy and blessed Easter.
© Deborah Christensen
Actually ideas are everywhere. It’s the paperwork, that is, sitting down and thinking them into a coherent story, trying to find just the right words, that can and usually does get to be labor.
James Patterson was born on this day in 1947. Among his most popular series are the Alex Cross books and the Women’s Murder Club series. He has written books in several different genres, including thrillers, historical fiction and young adult. He worked full time at an advertising agency until he left in 1996 to write full time.