Jesus wants to clean my heart (Day 2 of 2 Weeks 2 the Cross)

Jackson and Lauren watch as the water filled with sin (food coloring drops) becomes clean when the Jesus jar is poured in.

Jackson and Lauren watch as the water filled with sin (food coloring drops) becomes clean when the Jesus jar is poured in.

Jesus loves us too much to allow us to stay in our sin.

Day 2 Connection Icon: cleaning supplies

Day 2 Connection Icon: cleaning supplies

On Day 2 of our family 2 Weeks 2 the Cross journey, we learned that Jesus went to His house, the Temple, when He entered Jerusalem. It was supposed to be a place of worship, where God was honored. Instead, we read in Mark 11:15-19 that it had become a place of dishonest business, full of sinful practices.

Jesus took action and cleaned house. It was to be a house of prayer, not a den of thieves!

In the Bible, our hearts are described as the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Jesus wants our hearts to be clean, just as He wanted the Temple to be clean.

To understand this more, we did a science experiment to show how Jesus cleans our hearts.

After we finished the demonstration, we had to repeat it! Each of us went around the circle and named sins we’ve struggled with. Then, we put food coloring drops in the water. The water became black with all the sin. Then we prayed together, and asked Jesus to forgive us and to make us clean. We poured our Jesus jar into the black sin, and it became clear!

(To do this experiment with your family, fill one jar with water and the cleansing jar with a 1:3 ratio of vinegar to bleach.)

Learn more about our 2 Weeks 2 the Cross journey, and join us as we turn our hearts to Jesus this Easter!

Jesus came to save me (Day 1 of 2 Weeks 2 the Cross)

Jackson and Lauren wave their palm branches to celebrate Jesus entering Jerusalem.

Jackson and Lauren wave their palm branches to celebrate Jesus entering Jerusalem.

When the crowds swelled along the dusty road leading down to Jerusalem, they shouted more than mere praise.

“Hosanna to the King of Kings!”

Day 1 Connection Icon: a palm branch

Day 1 Connection Icon: a palm branch

The Cobb family kicked off our 2 Weeks 2 the Cross journey with Jesus on Sunday, as we looked closer at Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. We read Mark 11:1-11 together and then talked about how Jesus began His last week before He would be crucified. We marched around our living room shouting “Hosanna to the King of Kings,” and imagined how the crowd praised Jesus as they watched Him ride past on a donkey.

Hosanna means “save us,” and we discussed how much the crowds and each of us needs Jesus. We need Him to save us from our sin and from ourselves so that we can have new life and forgiveness. Jesus came to save us.

To help us remember this day, Jackson and Lauren each made special palm branches. Lauren started with a green construction paper already cut into a large leaf, and she practiced cutting to make the fronds. She also thought the palm branch needed some pizzazz (it was a celebration, after all), so she added a few sticker jewels. Jackson cut long strips from his piece of green construction paper, and then taped them all over a paper towel roll.

Making our palm branches

Making our palm branches

After they created their unique palm branches, we marched around the living room, waving our branches, saying, “Jesus, save us King of Kings! Jesus save us, King of Kings!”

Learn more about our 2 Weeks 2 the Cross journey, and join us as we turn our hearts to Jesus this Easter!