OVERVIEW: The trial, crucifixion, death, and burial of Jesus.
BIG IDEA: Don’t be afraid of the dark.
KEY VERSE: Mark 15:25–26 (Mark’s description)
It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him. A sign announced the charge against him. It read, “The King of the Jews.”
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
You are never alone in the darkness; I am always with you. I know how the deepest, loneliest, darkest agony feels. I’ve been there. I am with you now and forever. You may not feel my presence. You may be angry with me. You may not understand how I can love you beyond reason. You may not know how I could love you so much yet allow such deep hurt to exist.
There is much you will not understand in your life on earth. But be sure of this: I am with you always. Think about that. Let it sink in. I, the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, the God of the universe, am closer than any human could ever be to you now or in the future. I love you in your doubt. I love you in your fear. I love you in the pain that no one else can understand. I love you always.
Let yourself cry if you need to. Let yourself scream in frustration if necessary. If you are in severe grief, pain, or depression, tell your pastor or a Christian friend. Let others love you. Let God love you. If you are okay right now but know someone who is not, reach out today with prayer, time, and encouragement.