We have just celebrated Palm Sunday – the remembrance of Jesus triumphant entry in Jerusalem. It was this event that began Jesus final week, before the cross. We in the church tend to do Palm Sunday, and Easter Sunday really well. We attend as families, not wanting to miss the opportunity to acknowledge the sacrifice, triumph and gift of the resurrection. But what about the days in between, and even after Easter Sunday.
One of my devotional books many years ago, had, as one of the day’s focus during Easter week was titled, “If you are a Palm Sunday Christian, You are a Good Friday Traitor”. Basically, it said that if we simply go from the party of Palm Sunday, to the celebration of Easter – we are no better than the friends who disappeared when the going got rough. They were happy to be a part of the happy things, but when push came to shove, they were more concerned for personal safety, to the point of denying who Jesus was.
As you and your family have extra time together this weekend, I have included some links to activities for you to do together. It will deepen your appreciation for the real meaning of Easter – and provide some opportunities to have real conversations about just what Jesus did for us.
http://childrensministry.com/article.asp?ID=2138 a week of devotional time for the whole family. It provides a short time of discussion and activity for every day this week.
http://childrensministry.com/article.asp?ID=2133 an easter craft…forget me not pot
If you and your family are bakers – try this together, the finished product is a sweet treat…
JESUS IS RISEN ROLLS
To help children understand the meaning of Christ’s empty tomb, make this fun and tasty treat.
1 can refrigerated breadstick dough
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
Knead and press each breadstick into a flat circle. Place a marshmallow in the center of the circle and pinch the dough around the marshmallow. Roll the marshmallow-filled rolls into a round ball. Spray the rolls with margarine. Combine sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle the rolls with the mixture. Place the rolls on a baking sheet with the pinched edges down. Bake the rolls at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes until brown. Cool on a wire rack.
While the rolls bake, tell the Easter story. Then pray, thanking Jesus for taking our place on the cross. Then enjoy a tasty Easter treat as you celebrate that Christ’s tomb was hollow, just as these rolls are hollow.
For the artists in your family – here are a couple of colouring sheets:
These are just a few ideas to make your Easter weekend not just be about the Bunny and the eggs…and to be more involved that being in church on Sunday. Take time as a family to talk about just how big a deal it was to have Jesus die in our place, and to rise again on Sunday to show us the promise of living with Him forever.
If you need more ideas for activities this weekend, just pop me a note. And have a very Blessed Easter as we gather to meet the One who died and rose to save us.