Happy Easter!

Our 2 Weeks 2 the Cross Easter wall

Our 2 Weeks 2 the Cross Easter wall

Thank you for joining my family in our 2 Weeks 2 the Cross journey! We have had an amazing 14 days focusing on the cross and the incredible love of Jesus.

Early Christians would great each other in this way: one would say “He is risen!” and the other would respond, “He is risen indeed!”. Jesus’s victory would begin every conversation. It would be in the center of their thoughts. There was nothing better to begin an interaction!

I wonder when this tradition began to fade. What if the resurrection of Jesus Christ was the hallmark of all our conversations today? What if Jesus was on the forefront of our minds as we opened our mouths to speak? It would transform our words, attitudes and actions!

The earth-quaking message that Jesus is alive is meant to be shared! The resurrection is for each of us—giving us hope and power to live abundantly! Jesus is alive!!

Happy Easter from my family to yours! May the forgiveness that is ours because of the cross, and the resurrection that transforms our lives be ever on our minds and hearts.

Me and my Easter blessings!

Me and my Easter blessings!

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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