Two thousand years ago, God’s people were expecting the Messiah to be a conquering hero who would rescue them from their Roman oppressors. Instead, he came as a suffering servant who died at the hands of those Romans. This is what Paul called the foolishness of the cross. But the Bible makes it clear that the Jesus those people received—the Jesus we are blessed to call our Savior today—is far greater than any we could ever have designed on our own. These devotions will show us that he truly is the Savior we need.

About the Artist

The digital image of Jesus was created by Thi Anh Duong (Sunshine) Nguyen, a senior at St. Croix Lutheran Academy in West St. Paul, Minnesota. Sunshine said she studied the cross hanging in her art classroom and decided to portray Jesus’ expression as he dies. “Though he is feeling the pain of torture, he knows he is fulfilling his promise to us, so he has tears of relief and even joy at this victorious moment.” Sunshine plans to attend art school, where she will major in animation and minor in art directing.


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Palm Sunday – A Savior Who Rules Me in Righteousness

Monday – A Savior Who Withstood Temptation

Tuesday – A Savior Who Seeks Me When I’m Lost

Wednesday – A Savior Who Gives True Sight to the Truly Blind

Maundy Thursday – A Savior Who Is Also My Friend

Good Friday – A Savior Who Was Forsaken in My Place

Saturday – A Savior Who Carries Me Through Trials

Easter Sunday – A Savior Who Defeated Death