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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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.

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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. 🙂