Not my will, but Your will

Garden of Gethsemane dioramas

Garden of Gethsemane dioramas

After Jesus had His last supper with His disciples, they went out into the Garden of Gethsemane. There, Jesus began to feel the weight of the cross and was overwhelmed. He instructed his friends to pray for Him and with Him. After going on alone, He fell to the ground and prayed. If there was any other way to redeem us, to pay for our freedom from sin, Jesus begged His Father to do it instead. Yet, no matter the answer, He said, “not my will, but Your will.” Jesus would do whatever it took to save you and me.

After collecting rocks and twigs outside, the kids created their own Garden of Gethsemane dioramas. We covered shoe boxes with black construction paper, glued stick trees and moss, and carefully laid rocks to set the scene. Then we placed Jesus in the Garden and considered how He willingly decided to go to the cross. We prayed next to our gardens, thanking Jesus for His great love.

Read about Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane in Matthew 26:36-46.

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Do this to remember Me

Jackson and Lauren are ready to celebrate communion

Jackson and Lauren are ready to celebrate communion

Today as a family, we gathered around and shared bread and juice to remember the death of Jesus. We broke bread together and prayed, asking God to clean our hearts and thanking Him for breaking His body on the cross to save us. We passed a cup of grape juice around our circle, thanking Jesus for being our perfect sacrifice and shedding His blood to cover our sins.

Family Communion is one of the most special traditions we observe around Easter. In fact, Jackson arranged our living room, with pillows for each of us to sit around the ottoman, before I had even gotten out of bed this morning in anticipation of sharing the Lord’s Supper.

Read Matthew 26:26-30 with your family this week before Resurrection Sunday, and then follow Jesus’ instructions to remember what He did for you.

We finished up our 2 Weeks 2 the Cross time singing praise, just as the disciples did as they left the Upper Room and headed out to the Garden of Gethsemane.

Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong. They are weak but He is strong. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. The Bible tells me so.

Learn more about 2 Weeks 2 the Cross and explore ways to experience Easter in a meaningful way with your family.