Easter Day 3/10: Jesus Denied

Readings:

Jesus predicts Peter’s denial: Matthew 26:30-35

Desciples desert Jesus: Matthew 26:56

Peter denies Jesus: matthew 26:69-75

Explaination:

All Jesus’ friends left Him, even Peter who followed at a distance, was too scared to admit that they were friends, or even that he knew Jesus. 

Jesus was expecting this… And when He predicted it, Peter couldn’t imagine deserting Jesus. It is easy to swear our allegience, but when opposition comes we still sometimes fall. It is good for us to remember that the Peter who denied Jesus, is the same man who the Lord used powerfully to build His church. There can be no doubt that he is in heaven with Jesus, even though he denied Him. 

We won’t always be as good as we want to be, but that is precicely why Jesus died on the cross for us. There is enough forgiveness to cover your sins, God can (& will) use you for His purposes, just turn back to Jesus.

Easter Day 2/10: Jesus Betrayed

Readings:

Deal is struck: Matthew: 26:14-16

Jesus foresees the betrayal: Matthew 26:20

Betrayal: Matthew 26:46-56

Explaination:

Jusdas was one of Jesus’ close friends, one of the 12 chosen disciples. He betrayed Him with a kiss… A sign of intamacy and love. This must have been a very bitter and painful part of His death. 

Can you imagine your good friend betraying you to die, and doing so in such a seemingly intimate way? It is the worst case of betrayal I can think of. It helps provide perspective to the pain & bitterness I experience when friends & family let me down or betray me.

Poeple may let me down, but Jesus never will. He loves us so much that he knowingly allowed Judas to betray Him. Jesus allowed this so that He could die on the cross for our sins, but also as part of experiencing life allong with us. He knows these feelings and was still able to love us.

Easter day 1/10: Jesus Anointed

Readings:

Baptism: Matthew 3:16-17

Passage read in the temple by Jesus about Himself: Isaiah 61:1-2 (Luke 4)

Anointed with perfume: Matthew 26:6-13

 

Explaination:

To be anointed meant to be chosen and sent for a possition of leadership (eg David’s anointing 1Samuel 16:13).

Therefore we see hear Jesus’ anointing at the beginning of His ministry (at His baptism), and towards the end of His earthly ministry, just before Its climax with His crusifiction & resurection. It is part of His Kingdom being established.

Jesus is The King, God’s chosen one to lead His peaple back to Him.

 

10 day Easter Countdown

In November I said I’d like to make an ‘advent calendar’ for Easter as an extention of our pictoral (& Scriptural) advent calendar. I may have under-estimated this task, & am therefore presenting a 10 day countdown, with the hope of extending it to 40 days next year.

Here is the propsed outline:

Day 1 (Friday  before Good Friday) dove &/or alabastar jar

Jesus the annointed one – Matt 3:16-17 & Isaiah 61:1-2 (Luke 4) & Matt 26:6-13

 

Day 2 (Saturday) bag of coins

Jesus betrayed for a bag of coins – Matt 26:14-16 & 46-56

 

Day 3 (Sunday) Rooster

Jesus denied – Matt 26:30-35 & 69-75 (Matt 26:56)

 

Day 4 (Monday) Black

Darkness – Matt 27:45-54

 

Day 5 (Tuesday) Red

Pierced for us – Isaiah 53:5 & John 19:31-38

 

Day 6 (Wednesday) Nails

Nailed to the cross – Colossians 2:13-15

 

Day 7 (Thursday) dead branch/wood

The curse – Galatians 3:10-14 (& Gen 3)

 

Day 8 (Good Friday) 3 crosses

Thieves – Luke 23:32-43

 

Day 9 (Saturday) Heart

God’s love – John 1:12-13 & John 3:11-21

 

Day 10 (Easter Sunday) Loud hailer

The Great Commission – Matthew 28:16-20

 

 

I hope to post more detail on each day as we go along… So see you back here.

  

Dear Girls, if you could read this, what would I write?

Today’s prompt was to write with my dream reader in mind. No offense, but I write THIS blog mostly just to write (my design blogs have very specific readers in mind), but there are two very special people I hope will read these posts one day, especially if something happens to me.

This post is focused on two beautiful, mischievous girls at the very beginning of their reading lessons.

You are as different from each-other as can be, yet I could not possibly love either of you more. You have taught me more about myself than anything before your conception! You have shown me God’s blessings and miracles, but also my complete and utter weakness & dependence upon Him day by day, hour by hour, even minute by minute (sometimes second by second). You complete me in a way I never knew I needed, because I never knew I was so utterly broken.

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Good Friday Chocolate Pretzel Crosses

My girls & I have made these for my Good Friday Sunday school class. Hopefully the class will be sticking them into home made mini oat bran cup cakes iced with their choice of chocolate (mud) or green (grass) icing.

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Hopefully these treats will help to focus some of the Easter hype away from bunnies & eggs; & back towards the cross, & Christ where it should be.

The Old Rugged Cross
George Bennard, 1913
On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suff’ring and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

Refrain:
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary.

In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see,
For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
To pardon and sanctify me.

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;
Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He’ll call me some day to my home far away,
Where His glory forever I’ll share.

Sacrifice, Pain and Forgiveness

When the people you love sacrificially reject you or brush you to the sidelines, the pain cuts deep into your soul. Sometimes it feels like nothing is worth doing. The pain is so strong that no other feeling can be felt. Sometimes even the pain can’t really be felt because you’re numb in self defense. All beauty is drowned in the scarlet brood of the seeping wound. The tears wash the blood away slightly, diluting it enough to see the world in a distorted wash of colour; the light blinding as it is magnified by the droplets. But this cleansing can be all to temporary. The scarlet crowds in & then crusts over into the gloom.

If even those we sacrifice ourselves for will hurt us like this, then what hope is there? Why bother? What Hope?!
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