Saturday, March 30, 2013

Resurrection Fern

I love Easter.  No, not the cute bunnies and chocolate.  Well, ok, I do like chocolate.  But seriously, how did we get bunnies and eggs????!!!  Even my little boys know that rabbits don't lay eggs.  

Easter is the biggest holiday in the Christian faith.  Even larger than Christmas.  Yes, Christmas was important, for without it, we would have no Saviour.  But, without Easter, we would have no HOPE!  Easter gives us a chance to look back on our own sinful nature and thank God again for the amazing price He paid for our lives.  Eternal lives.

Because this is such a monumental celebration, I like crafts and projects that focus on that amazing love (i.e., not fighting and pushing for dyed eggs).  

I received this recipe a few years ago.  So meaningful.  In the list of ingredients, they really should have "Kleenex" listed.  You're gonna need it.  This year, instead of eating the cookies, Jack wants to pass them out to kids.  With Bible verses written on papers.  That will preach.

I found this cute craft last year.  It speaks volumes.  

This is the project we are working on this year.  The card comes with 2 Bible verses.  The boys read the verses out of their Bibles.    

John 7:38 "Whoever believes in Me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them."

John 4:13-14 "Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”  Amen.

When we took it out of the bag, I was struck with two other verses.

"we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away." Isaiah 64:6

"But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in our sins- it is by grace you have been saved." Ephesians 2:4-5.

"Here, Paul emphasizes that we do not need to live any longer under sin's power.  The penalty of sin and it's power over us were miraculously destroyed by Christ on the cross.  Through faith in Christ, we stand acquitted, or not guilty, before God (Romans 3:21-22).  God does not take us out of the world or make us robots- we will still feel like sinning, and sometimes we will sin.  The difference is that before we became Christians we were dead in sin and were slaves to our sinful nature.  But now we are alive with Christ (see also Galatians 2:20)." Life Application Study Bible

Today, we will continue to drink in the Living Water.  

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