Straw Crosses, Rocks, And Other Relections

Uncharacteristically this morning we’ve already done a bunch. Unlike most other Sundays that end up with us scrambling to get to church on time, Isaac (3) and my Hubby have already been outside, we’ve already sung a great song and we’ve ended a week of childlike Easter activities. Although I’m by no means a teacher we really wanted to show Isaac the Easter story through 3 year old eyes.

So we made crosses out of straws and put them in a pot. We talked about the fact that
Romans 3:23 tells us that “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

We told him that God wanted to be friends with him and that he loved him so much that He sent His only son, Jesus, to die for us. That it was the only way for us to have a relationship with God and forgiveness of all our sins.

We showed him through painting eggs and talking about bunnies that Jesus comes to give us new life. That we can find joy and peace and love all in Him.

And then this morning with giddiness that goes beyond anything we normally have my Husband and I both talked about rocks.

Matthew 27:52 – 28:7 – After sundown, the high priests and Pharisees arranged a meeting with Pilate. They said, “Sir, we just remembered that that liar announced while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will be raised.’ We’ve got to get that tomb sealed until the third day. There’s a good chance his disciples will come and steal the corpse and then go around saying, ‘He’s risen from the dead.’ Then we’ll be worse off than before, the final deceit surpassing the first.”

Pilate told them, “You will have a guard. Go ahead and secure it the best you can.” So they went out and secured the tomb, sealing the stone and posting guards.

After the Sabbath, as the first light of the new week dawned, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to keep vigil at the tomb. Suddenly the earth reeled and rocked under their feet as God’s angel came down from heaven, came right up to where they were standing. He rolled back the stone and then sat on it. Shafts of lightning blazed from him. His garments shimmered snow-white. The guards at the tomb were scared to death. They were so frightened, they couldn’t move.

The angel spoke to the women: “There is nothing to fear here. I know you’re looking for Jesus, the One they nailed to the cross. He is not here. He was raised, just as he said.

Raised? From the dead? I’ll admit I still have a hard time with this one. It’s such a hard concept to grasp for an adult never mind a 3 year old but ya know what? I believe. I believe:
….because God said it and His Bible is true
….because He’s never let me down in the past
….because I’ve heard Him say to me, “It’s going to be ok” and it is
….because I know the peace He brings and joy He fills my heart with
….because I hope

I trust in a God I can’t see because I know how much He loves me. And you.

Sure, He didn’t promise us that life would be easy but He promised us that He’d go through it with us. Life is full of hardships. Maybe your spouse just lost their job and you’re not sure where the next paycheck will come for to get groceries. Maybe you just lost a loved on and although they say time will heal you’re not sure how long it’ll take. Maybe this new Mummy thing is so hard that sometimes you want to scream.

But today I wanna let you know that God knows and He cares.
Those little rocks that Isaac picked from the garden this morning? They’re nowhere near as big as the one Jesus rolled away that first Easter morning. Not even close. And yet He did it.

He did it to have a relationship with you when you ask.
He did it because He’s more than enough. His love is enough.

As we sang Isaac’s new favorite song, “Rise Up”, and danced around the house, my heart was filled with delight. Teaching my child about the greatest deal I’ve ever received made me wanna bawl my eyes out and yell, “Jesus is alive!”

Happy Easter!

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