Simply making more of DIY resurrection eggs.
Five: Scarlet/Purple Robe and Thorns – Truly the King
Verse: Matthew 27:28-29
They stripped off Jesus’ clothes and put a scarlet robe on him. They made a crown out of thorn branches and placed it on his head, and they put a stick in his right hand. The soldiers knelt down and pretended to worship him. They made fun of him and shouted, “Hey, you king of the Jews!”
Do some dressing up as a family, guess what each person is. Talk about how to dress up as a king or queen. What things signify kingship? A sceptre, a diadem or crown and a robe – used to the be the garments of the person who ruled. The diadem or crown symbolised absolute power, the spectre showed absolute authority and the robe symbolised royalty. The colour purple and scarlet were very important colours in Roman times and only worn by very important people.
If you have roses or plants with thorns feel how sharp these are – they must have hurt a great deal.
When the soldiers dressed Jesus up and put a fake robe, sceptre and diadem on him they were mocking and teasing him but they were more right than they could have ever realised. We know Jesus has been given ultimate power over all things, authority in heaven and on earth and that he is the true King who will come again to reign forever. What the soldiers did as a joke actually reminds us of many of Jesus’ amazing qualities.
Jesus you were so brave and loving when people were so mean to you. Thank you that all power and leadership are yours. Thank you that you welcome everyone that wants to come into your kingdom where you will reign forever.
May we all come with fresh eyes to the story we know so well, may we let the truths soak deep down and take root, and may these truths breathe life into our daily comings and goings.
These reflections are not exhaustive they are simply a way to add extra thoughtfulness to your Easter celebrations. I hope they bless you dear families. x