It’s almost here – Easter, my favorite holiday! Without Easter there is no reason to get out of bed. No reason to celebrate a birthday. No reason to hope for anything good to come to this difficult life. No hope for eternal life with God.
But there IS Easter! Why? Jesus arose from the dead! He is alive! He conquered death and hell. That means my I can live, truly live in this life, and live eternally. I have trusted in Christ – that His death on the cross was the penalty for my sin. He has rescued me! Oh, what reason to celebrate not just this Sunday, but every day!!
Today on Good Friday, we remember that Jesus died on the cross. We remember His pain and suffering as He hung between the thieves, though He had never sinned. We hear Him cry out in the darkness, “Forgive them, for they know not what they do,” and we know that the word, “them” includes you and me. We crucified Him. We were guilty. We remember that He was buried in a borrowed tomb, and three days later, He arose!
My heart is so thankful that He lives and He gives me purpose for every day! If you don’t have an assurance of eternal life, He loves you, and if you had been the only one born, He would have died just for you. Acknowledge that you are a sinner and put your faith in Him alone. He can rescue you from sin and eternal separation from Him in hell and fill your life with the joy of knowing Him now.
My church, Boones Creek Bible Church is having a Good Friday service today, April 15 at 4:00 in the afternoon. We would love to have you join us. It’s going to be a precious time of remembering His sacrifice on the cross.
Also, if you don’t have a church home, we’d love for you to come to our Easter service at 10:30 Sunday morning.
If you need a great object lesson to share with children about what Jesus’ death on the cross accomplished, you can watch this demonstration I did here on You Tube.
There is no day so solemn as Good Friday. No day with such mixed emotions of sorrow and gladness as this day. I love to read in Luke 23 and 24 of the crucifixion and think about the details of that day. There is one particular detail that grabs my attention. In verse 27 it says,
“And there followed him a great company of people, and of women which also bewailed and lamented him.”
Who were these women and why did they take the risk of following Jesus right to the cross where He was nailed to die for their sins and mine? They were of the few that lingered still near the Savior. They followed, though there was great risk.
In verse 49 we read,
“And all his acquaintance, and the womenthat followed himfrom Galilee, stood afar off, beholding these things.”
The crowd has thinned even more as Jesus’ acquaintance and these women stand from a distance and watch Him suffer, ask His Father to forgive those that crucified Him, speak with the thief who believed, and then bow His head and die. They followed, though on their part there was great remonstration. I’m sure at this point they still couldn’t understand the whys to His death; yet they followed.
The next time we read about these women it is in verse 55,
“And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid.”
They followed Joseph of Arimatheaea to the place where he laid Jesus’ body. These women continue to follow, though there was great remorse. I can’t imagine them just watching without weeping and mourning His death. How they missed Him already, but they’ve come through their tears to see where He was buried so they could come back and anoint His body with spices.
Lastly, we see in chapter 10 verse 24 a group of women at the tomb.
“It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles.”
The things they told the disciples were the words, “He is risen!” They followed the Lord to the tomb, and now there is great rejoicing!
May you and I as women be willing to follow the Lord though there is risk (what will people think?), remonstration (why is this happening, Lord?) and remorse (we aren’t promised a life with no suffering), because at the day when we see Him face to face there will be great rejoicing!
When I traveled to Israel some years ago, I will never forget visiting the empty tomb. As I stood there in the garden area, I thought of that group of women that came to anoint Jesus’ body with spices early Sunday morning. I could picture myself with them there. Can you see yourself gathered and huddled with sorrow, then being overcome with such joy? Let’s be counted with that group of women that clung together. They had tremendous love for their Savior that kept them close. Look into His lovely face this week as you consider Easter, and refresh your love for such a Redeemer Who would die in your place.
If you need some ideas for celebrating Easter, you’ll find suggestions here.
Easter weekend is my FAVORITE weekend in the whole year! It encapsulates the reason I can face tomorrow – Jesus is alive! No matter what we’re facing today – even with all the craziness, confusion, unrest, hatred and division, the truth that Christ arose from the tomb promises us all victory over sin, death and hell!
Because of that, I believe we should celebrate to the hilt!
Let’s magnify Christ!
Let’s share the Good News of eternal life that comes by placing our trust in Jesus alone for salvation!
Here are a few ways I’m celebrating Easter this weekend:
Reading the chapters in John about Jesus’ death and resurrection. I love to read the Scriptures early in the morning and think about the women at the tomb and the joy that filled their hearts to learn that their Savior was alive! Their joy is MY joy!
Resurrection Rolls – This treat is such a fun and delicious way to remind children of the elementary facts of Christ’s resurrection from the tomb. Here’s the idea – A simple marshmallow is rolled in melted butter, then tossed in cinnamon and sugar, reminiscent of Jesus’ body being covered by spices before He was buried. The crescent roll is wrapped around the marshmallow, reminding us that Jesus body was wrapped in linen cloth. The roll is then placed in a muffin tin, reminding us of the tomb where Jesus was laid. The pan is then put into the oven to bake, and in about 12 -14 minutes, the baked rolls can be eaten.
When you open the rolls up you find the inside (the tomb) is EMPTY! My grandsons loved this activity!
8-ounce package refrigerated crescent roll dough
8 regular-sized marshmallows
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 8 wells in a muffin tin with baking cups (for easier clean up) or spray the wells with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Unroll crescent dough and divide into 8 triangles at the perforations
3. Mix sugar and cinnamon together in shallow bowl.
4. Dip marshmallow in melted butter, then in cinnamon and sugar.
5. Place marshmallow in the middle of a crescent roll. Wrap dough tightly around the marshmallow, making sure there are no openings.
6. Place roll in muffin tin. Repeat with the rest of the rolls. Brush rolls with remaining butter and sugar.
7. Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes. Cool sightly before serving.
Good Friday Service – Today is Good Friday and my church is having a Good Friday service at 3:00 in the afternoon. I always LOVE these afternoon services! We will be observing the Lord’s Supper, singing, reading Scripture, and being reminded of the sacrifice of Jesus’ death. If you’re in the area, we would love for you to join us. Here is the link to our website where you can find the address at the bottom of the Home Page.
Sunday service – Of course I’ll also be attending Easter service at church on Suinday. Remembering back to last year when we were unable to get together makes me doubly thankful to be able to meet together to worship and praise the Lord with other believers! Again, if you don’t have a church home, we welcome you to attend! Go here to learn the times of the services.
Cake – My family will also get together to enjoy an Easter dinner after church. It will include this traditional Coconut Cake with Lemon Filling! We’re all a little very excited about that!
If you need something a whole lot simpler for your Easter dessert, here’s a cute little bunny sundae my dad always made for our family every year. Everyone could make their own and add what they like. You could even have a contest to see whose bunny is the “Best dressed!”
All this takes is a scoop of ice cream, some whipped topping, coconut, for whiskers Jelly beans, M&M’s or chocolate chips for his face, and some banana slices for ears.
I pray that your Easter weekend is filled with the joy of the risen Savior! He loves you and died in your place so you could have eternal life in Him. That’s the only thing that will truly refresh you for now and all eternity!
I thought I’d give you some updates on what I’ve been doing recently!
Let’s start with some music!
What I’m singing – Jesus Thank you.
Without Good Friday there would be no Easter! We are saddened by Christ’s crucifixion, but yet it was His purpose in coming to earth. He came to die. Isn’t that sobering? Wow. How wonderful to have a Savior Who loved us so much that He would knowingly give His life so we could have a relationship with Him and live with Him forever in heaven. Without it we would be lost in our sin!Continue reading “Fun Things Friday”→
Easter weekend is here! This is my FAVORITE holiday. Because Christ lives, I have purpose for today and hope (assurance) for tomorrow! I trust you have that same confidence in Him!
Yesterday in my Bible Club, we made Resurrection rolls. These help tell the story of the burial and resurrection of Jesus. If you have children, this would be a fun activity to do with them as you tell the account of what happened after Jesus was placed in the tomb. At the end of the lesson, you have a delicious treat to share together.
As we made the rolls I retold the story. Rather than making the marshmallow represent Jesus, I chose to just say, “This can help us remember…”
Pictures 1, 2 – We used a toothpick to ease rolling the marshmallow in the butter then sugar and cinnamon. As we put the toothpick inside, my youngest student said, “This reminds me of the thorns they put on Jesus’ head!” Good point! It could also remind us of the nails that pierced his hands and feet.
As we rolled the marshmallow in the spices we talked about how the women came to the tomb to place spices on Jesus’ body.
Picture 3 – When we put the marshmallow in the crescent roll dough we remembered that Joseph took Jesus’ body down from the cross and wrapped it in cloth and placed His body in his own tomb.
Picture 4 – It helps to put foil on the cookie sheet because the marshmallow will seep out and create quite a sticky mess.
Picture 5 – The roll is empty inside! When the ladies came to the tomb on Sunday morning, it was empty! Jesus wasn’t there! The angel reminded them that He had risen, as he said!
It would be a great tradition to serve these on Easter Saturday or Sunday morning before church! Not only do they make a great teaching tool, they are super good!