He is not here, He is risen!

Lauren and Jackson with their Resurrection Rolls before baking

Lauren and Jackson with their Resurrection Rolls before baking

Sin could not defeat Him. The grave could not hold Him. Today we celebrate the most important event in history: the resurrection of Jesus Christ!

After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to view the tomb. Suddenly there was a violent earthquake, because an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and approached the tomb. He rolled back the stone and was sitting on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his robe was as white as snow. The guards were so shaken from fear of him that they became like dead men.

But the angel told the women, “Don’t be afraid, because I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here! For He has been resurrected, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay. Then go quickly and tell His disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead. In fact, He is going ahead of you to Galilee; you will see Him there.’ Listen, I have told you.”

So, departing quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, they ran to tell His disciples the news. Just then Jesus met them and said, “Good morning!” They came up, took hold of His feet, and worshiped Him. Then Jesus told them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see Me there.”

– Matthew 28:1-10

This afternoon we made Resurrection Rolls, thinking about how Jesus’s body (a marshmallow) was anointed with oils (butter) and spices (cinnamon and sugar), and wrapped in linen cloths (crescent rolls). Then, Jesus was placed in the tomb (oven). Three days (11-15 minutes at 375 degrees) later, He defeated death and rose from the grave! After baking, our resurrection rolls were empty, just as the tomb was on Easter morning.

He is not here, He is risen!!!

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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!

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