Jesus gives me new life (Final day of 2 Weeks 2 the Cross)

The Resurrection Roll is empty!

The Resurrection Roll is empty!

“He is not here, He is risen!”

When the women who loved Jesus came to His tomb early Sunday morning to mourn, an earthquake shook the garden as an angel rolled the stone away. All the soldiers guarding the tomb fainted as dead men. The angel quickly told the women to not be afraid. Jesus wasn’t there! He is alive!!

Day 14 Connection Icon: the empty tomb

Day 14 Connection Icon: the empty tomb

In Matthew 28:1-10, the angel invited them to come and see, and then to go and tell the others.

This is news that had to be shared!! They ran away with fear and GREAT joy! Their Lord had conquered death!

And as they ran like they had never run before, they ran straight into the arms of Jesus.

“Good morning,” He greeted them.

I’m not sure they had the words to respond. So, instead, they clung to His feet and worshiped Him.

Today we began our celebration early for Resurrection Sunday tomorrow. How could we contain the fact that Jesus is not in the grave! He is alive, and He gives us new life!

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We made Resurrection Rolls to give us a visual example of the empty tomb. The kids dipped the body of Jesus (a marshmallow) in oil (butter) and spices (cinnamon and sugar) to prepare Him for burial. Then they wrapped Him in burial cloths (a crescent roll) and placed Him in the tomb (the oven). Every few minutes as the Resurrection Rolls baked, Jackson and Lauren would run over to the oven to see if Jesus was still there, if the rolls were still puffy. (Find the recipe here.)

Finally, after they were slightly cooled, we broke open the rolls, and Jesus wasn’t there!!! He was gone!

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We enjoyed eating up the rolls as we finished our 2 Weeks 2 the Cross journey. What an amazing experience we have had the last 14 days, preparing our hearts for Easter! (Read the entire series here.)

HE IS RISEN!!!

2 Weeks 2 the Cross begins this Sunday!

Our family’s Easter celebration, 2 Weeks 2 the Cross, begins this Sunday!

The resurrection of Jesus is THE most important event in all of history. In our home, we have sought for the last several years to help our children understand the significance of Jesus’s death and life by spending time together in God’s Word and through activities to reinforce those truths. 2 Weeks 2 the Cross places Jesus front and center in our hearts as we look forward to Easter Sunday.

Each day of 2 Weeks 2 the Cross, we will look at one icon around the cross hanging on a prominent wall in our living room. For example, the first day, the image is of a palm branch. The theme for that day is "Jesus came to save me." We will read Mark 11:1-11 together, and then make construction paper palm branches and shout Hosanna to imagine what it was like when Jesus made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

Each day of 2 Weeks 2 the Cross, we will look at one icon around the cross, hanging on a prominent wall in our living room. For example, the first day, the image is of a palm branch. The theme for that day is “Jesus came to save me.” We will read Mark 11:1-11 together, and then make construction paper palm branches and shout Hosanna to imagine what it was like when Jesus made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

We welcome you to join us in our journey with Jesus! Here is the line-up of themes and Scripture passages you can share together with your family:

  • Sunday, April 6 – Jesus came to save me, Mark 11:1-11
  • Monday, April 7 – Jesus wants to clean my heart, Mark 11:15-19
  • Tuesday, April 8 – Jesus commands me to love, Matthew 22:34-40
  • Wednesday, April 9 – Jesus shows me how to serve, John 13:1-20
  • Thursday, April 10 – Jesus knows how I feel, Mark 14:18-21
  • Friday, April 11 – Jesus teaches me how to remember, Matthew 26:26-30
  • Saturday, April 12 – Jesus wants me to keep watch, Matthew 26:36-46
  • Sunday, April 13 – Jesus tells me to trust Him, John 18:3-11
  • Monday, April 14 – Jesus loves me even when I sin, Luke 22:54-62
  • Tuesday, April 15 – Jesus takes my punishment, Matthew 27:27-37
  • Wednesday, April 16 – Jesus will forgive me, Luke 23:39-43
  • Thursday, April 17 – Jesus connects me to God, Matthew 27:45-54, 57-61
  • Friday, April 18 – Jesus died for me, John 3:16
  • Saturday, April 19 – Jesus gives me new life, Matthew 28:1-10
  • Sunday, April 20 – RESURRECTION SUNDAY

Each day we will share our experiences with you here at MyEverydayGod.com. If you’d like ideas to celebrate Easter with your family, take a look at past 2 Weeks 2 the Cross activities, as well as my Pinterest Easter boards.

Jesus is alive! And, I pray His life, death and resurrection overflows our hearts this Easter.