Taking the time out


Jackson sits in time out

Jackson sits in time out

“Mom, can I be in time out for her? Like what we talked about last night?”

During our bedtime devotions yesterday, we learned about Simon of Cyrene and how he carried the cross for Jesus. Lauren wanted to talk for quite awhile about how Jesus died on the cross, and even if that was a bedtime delay tactic, it’s one I’ll always go along with! We all tried to help her understand that Jesus died on the cross for us, and for her, to pay for the penalty of her sins. My husband described it this way: Jesus dying on the cross for our sins is like you getting in trouble but someone else taking your punishment. For instance, if Lauren hit Jackson, and she was definitely the one who did wrong, instead of her getting a spanking or going to time out, Jackson would choose to take her time out instead. Jesus loved us and paid for our sins, even though we were the ones who did wrong, not Him.

After breakfast this morning, I was cleaning up in the kitchen and turned around to see Lauren grabbing Jackson and pinching him. After talking with her about her unacceptable behavior, she was sent to time out.

That’s when Jackson turned to me and asked if he could go to time out instead of her, like what we talked about the night before. He wanted to show Jesus’ love to her.

Well, I couldn’t say no! I made sure that was what he really wanted to do, and he went over to Lauren in the corner to ask if he could sit in time out in her place. She agreed, and Jackson sat quietly and took her time out.

Jackson’s precious spirit pierced my heart. He was willing to humble himself in order to display the Gospel. He was willing to take on a punishment He didn’t deserve to demonstrate the redemptive power of Christ. That must be my theme, my aim, today: showcasing the message of Jesus’s sacrificial love.

If a seven-year-old gets it, his mom should too.

He became sin who knew no sin
That we might become His righteousness.
He humbled Himself and carried the cross.
Love so amazing,
Love so amazing!

– Chris Tomlin, Jesus Messiah

Jesus takes my punishment (Day 10 of 2 Weeks 2 the Cross)

Oh the wonderful cross

Oh the wonderful cross

Our 2 Weeks 2 the Cross journey has finally led us to the foot of the cross.

It was difficult to read our Scripture passage today in Matthew 27:27-37. Jesus was flogged, mocked and spit upon. A crown of thorns was pressed into his head and then beaten down with a rod. He was so weak that someone else had to carry the cross to Golgotha. His arms were stretched out across the wooden beam, and nails driven through his wrists and ankles. Finally, he was lifted up, for all to see His agony.

My children’s little faces were downcast as I read, and all the chatter and wiggles stopped as they listened to what Jesus went through.

Day 10 Connection Icon: The Cross

Day 10 Connection Icon: The Cross

Jesus did it all for us. Jesus took the punishment we deserved for our sins. He went through all that suffering because there was no other way.

The charge written against Jesus and hung above Him on the cross said, “This is Jesus, King of the Jews.”

The Lord of All willingly laid down His life so that we could have abundant life.

After praying and thanking Jesus for His amazing sacrifice for us, we made sun-catcher crosses so that we will remember that our life and light only come through the cross.

(To create a sun-catcher cross, glue pieces of tissue paper onto wax paper, and then glue black construction paper cutouts on top of that. Trim, and hang on a window that gets a good amount of sun during the day.)

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