For God so loved me

Our wordless Christ color books

Our wordless Christ color books

The journey to the cross has always been personal. Jesus alone could bear the weight of sin as He suffered on the cross. Only He could redeem us through His shed blood. Because of His sacrifice, each of us are invited to consider the cross and believe.

For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

– John 3:16

On Easter Eve, each of us must decide for ourselves how to respond to the cross. Jesus paid the penalty for every sin, but in order to receive forgiveness and new life, we must accept His precious gift.

Tonight we made wordless Christ color books, to help us understand how the cross can change our lives. (We used these printouts and project ideas from Our Family for His Glory.) Here is a video of Jackson sharing the message of his book:

We are looking forward to celebrating the greatest day in history tomorrow on Resurrection Sunday!

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

Surely He is the Son of God

Lauren and Jackson hold black paper representing their sin.

Lauren and Jackson hold black paper representing their sin.

Our sin weighed so heavily on Jesus, the land became dark for three hours. From noon to 3 p.m., Jesus redeemed every sin, paid the penalty for all wrong and made a way for each person to find freedom. Our Savior didn’t make the first payment and put the rest on us, He paid the ransom in full. Every sin we have ever committed or will ever commit was covered by the precious blood of Jesus. When Jesus cried, “It is finished!”, we can believe Him! Even the centurion charged with Jesus’ execution was cut to the core after witnessing the way in which Jesus died as the earth shook, crying out, “Truly this was the Son of God!”

Today as we talked about Jesus’ death and burial, we considered how Jesus paid for our mistakes, our wrong choices, our stubbornness, our willful disobedience, our pride, our sin. Yet, when we look to the cross and ask for forgiveness, we receive the freedom He secured through His death.

We took and tore pieces of black construction paper that represented our sin, and prayed for God to clean us, thanking Him for destroying sin’s grip on our lives at the cross. Then, we went out to our burn pile, and set our sin on fire. The flames made our “sin” disappear, just as when we our forgiven, our sins are separated from us forever.

Read about Jesus’ death and burial in Matthew 27:45-54, 57-61.

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

Jackson places his "sin" in the flames of the burn pile. He got a little too close for this mama's comfort! Like father, like son. :)

Jackson places his “sin” in the flames of the burn pile. He got a little too close for this mama’s comfort! Like father, like son. 🙂