Family Eastering – Sponge and Spear

Simply making more of DIY resurrection eggs.

Day 9: Sponge and Spear – definitely dead

sponge and spear

Verse: John 19 v 29, 33-34

A jar of cheap wine was there. Someone then soaked a sponge with the wine and held it up to Jesus’ mouth on the stem of a hyssop plant.

But when they came to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead, and they did not break his legs. One of the soldiers stuck his spear into Jesus’ side, and blood and water came out.

Activity:

Experiment with drinking from different sources – from a flannel dipped in water, sipping through a straw, gulping from a cup, catching water from a hose/jug in your mouths.

Reflection:

When Jesus was offered a drink on the sponge some people say it was to help with pain but Jesus chose not to take it.

Later on after Jesus had risen from the dead some people would try to say that he hadn’t actually died he just fainted. First of all people saw he was dead and then the soldier also pushed a spear into his body which would have definitely killed him if he wasn’t already dead. Because Jesus actually died we know that he has taken our sins away and defeated death.

Prayer:

Thank you Jesus that you died and when you died you took away our sin and pain with you. Thank you that death was not strong enough to keep you and when you rose again you conquered death 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

Family Eastering – Sign

Simply making more of DIY resurrection eggs.

Day 8: The Sign – Who is Jesus?

sign

Verse: Mark 15 v 26

The written notice of the charge against him read: the king of the jews.

Activity:

Make a sign together with your names on it, add in a surname and a description. Eg. Rosie Smith, gorgeous singing voice.

Reflection:

During the trial and crucifixion (killing) of Jesus lots of things happened that tell us more about who Jesus is. Look at the name signs we made. Do they tell us everything about you? No – just a little bit. The sign that was put on the cross above Jesus didn’t tell us everything about Jesus. It didn’t say King of all Kings, or Prince of Peace, or Good Shepherd, or God with Us – these are all names the Bible uses to describe Jesus. It could have also described Jesus as a miracle worker, a healer, someone who fed others, someone who included people who were left out… so many things. Each of the names of Jesus help us to understand more about who he is.

You can also include things like Lion of the Tribe of Judah (explain this is like an iwi or hapu) and symbolic of leadership and power.

The more we get to know Jesus through the Bible and prayer the better we understand who he is and how much he is able to change our lives and love us.

Prayer:

Jesus you are amazing. You are the King of Kings and your are our saviour. We love and worship you. Help us to know you better and understand more about how wonderful you are.

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

Family Eastering – Nails

Simply making more of DIY resurrection eggs.

Day 7: Nails – Everything Nailed to the Cross

nails

Verse: Mark 15v24

They nailed Jesus to a cross and gambled to see who would get his clothes.

Activity:

Take some pieces of fabric or paper and carefully nail them to a piece of wood. Expose the piece of wood to wind or other elements. Observe how the nails hold them there.

Reflection:

When Jesus went to the cross he took our sin, mistakes, unkindness, all the things that go wrong for us, with him. Like Jesus those things were nailed to the cross. All of our sin is taken away by Jesus and we are free because of him. The sins we have committed are left there on the cross forever.

Prayer:

Thank you Jesus that you have eternally (forever) taken away my sins. Thank you that you left them on the cross when you rose again and that it has no power over me any more.

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

Family Eastering – the Cross

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Six: The Cross – The Exchange

cross

Verse: John 19v17

And he carried his cross to a place known as “The Skull.” In Aramaic this place is called “Golgotha.”

Activity:

Make a simple cross using strips of paper or harakeke (flax) or bendable card. There are some good instructions for a simple one here. Talk about what the cross was and answer any questions that your children want to ask about the cross.

Reflection:

A cross is made from wood and comes of course from a tree. The tree is a very important symbol or picture in the Bible. It stands for life as well as death. Sin entered the world when Adam and Eve decided to take something from a tree that wasn’t theirs. The power of sin ended when Jesus took something that wasn’t his, our sins, and put them back on a tree by dying on a cross. Adam and Eve chose to be disobedient and do something bad, Jesus chose to be obedient for us.

Prayer:

Thank you Jesus that you took the blame and punishment for my sin even though it wasn’t yours. Help me to bring you all my problems because I know you care about everything.

Family Eastering – Purple/Scarlet Robe

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Five: Scarlet/Purple Robe and Thorns – Truly the King

thorns

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!”

Activity:

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.

Reflection:

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.

Prayer:

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

 

 

Family Eastering – Rope/Whip

Simply making more of DIY resurrection eggs.

Egg Three: Rope/Whip – Solidarity in Pain

whip

Verse: Mark 15 v 15

Pilate wanted to please the crowd. So he set Barabbas free. Then he ordered his soldiers to beat Jesus with a whip and nail him to a cross.

Activity:

Use a teddy or toy to zoom around and get hurt by banging into something. ‘Ouch’. Talk about how we can relate to teddy’s pain because we now how it feels when we bang into something or feel pain. Talk about pain we have felt. You could also watch a video or talk about when someone gets hurt physically.

Reflection:

Before Jesus was put on the cross he was whipped (hit with a rope that hurt very much). We often talk about how Jesus can take away our sickness and pain but we also remember that even though he was God and had everything he chose to come to earth to rescue us and to experience physical pain. This means Jesus understands what it is like when we are in pain. He understands how it feels when our bodies are hurt and when our hearts are sad. It is very awful that people whipped Jesus and hurt him so much but we know he can be beside us when we hurt because he knows how it feels.

Prayer:

Jesus, it is so sad that you were whipped and hurt. Thank you that you went through that because you love us so much. Thank you that you understand what pain feels like and you are especially close to us when we are sad and hurt. We love you.

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

Family Eastering – Silver Coins

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Three: Silver Coins – Bribery and Heart Treasure

coins

Verse: Matthew 27 v 3 – 4

Judas had betrayed Jesus, but when he learned that Jesus had been sentenced to death, he was sorry for what he had done. He returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and leaders and said, “I have sinned by betraying a man who has never done anything wrong.”

Activity Ideas:

Ask your child to do a job for you, offer them money or a reward to do it. Depending on their age some kind of extra chore – emptying the dishwasher, putting clothes away, writing to a grandparent…. Then ask your child to do something they know they shouldn’t do – meanness, messing up a siblings room… offer them a reward or money to do this too (your knowledge of your child will come into play here!). How do they respond?

Reflection:

There were two different things I asked you to do today in order to get a reward or money from me. One of those things was a ‘honest job’ it was a good thing to do. One of those things was a bad thing to do and you knew it was a wrong choice. Did you want to do it anyway to get a reward? It can be very tempting to do the wrong thing. Judas took a bribe to do something he knew was bad. He took money to betray his friend Jesus. Was that an honest job? (discuss).

In our lives we can let wanting things and money get in the way of doing the right thing. When we start to put getting money and things ahead of loving people we are on a pathway that is not good. It will stop us from being able to love God with all of our hearts.

Prayer:

Sometimes God having things and wanting money is something I think about a lot. Help me to always love you and to always love people more than I love and want things and money. Let my heart grow bigger with your love for people.

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

Resurrection Eggs

One – Palm Branches

Two – Bread

Family Eastering – Bread

Simply exploring more in each of the DIY resurrection eggs.

Egg two: Bread – Passover and Freedom

bread

Verse: Matthew 26 v 26-28

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying,“Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Activity Ideas:

Make bread together – this can be as simple as putting together a no-knead loaf the night before (this is a good one) or making a set of fresh buns together during the day if you have more time.

Celebrate communion together as a family before dinner. Depending on your traditions this may have very specific rituals around it but you can also just have a simple sharing of a drink and bread together and remember Jesus words, rather than call it communion if this is more fitting for your family.

Reflection:

The meal that Jesus shared with his disciples, his last meal with them, was a very special meal called passover. During the first passover meal Jewish people ate their meal ready to escape from slavery in Egypt. When Jesus ate this last meal with his most precious friends he was about to give all people a new kind of freedom from slavery. He was about to set all people free from sin.

Prayer:

Jesus thank you that you brought freedom to me and you invite us to bring freedom to others. Thank you for so generously giving yourself to us all.

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

Resurrection Eggs

One – Palm Branches