When they drove the spike into His sinews; all that lay dead, stirred.
And when they drove the cross with the crucified Man into the earth, all that lay buried, heaved hope.
There's a death that births life.
And the revived and resurrected people,celebrate Easter and the Crucified Christ who makes all things New.
Could there be a more important hol-i-day? Holy Day? Come join us in really celebrating!
Five Meaningful Ways to Celebrate Easter
1. Keep Watch with Christ in the Garden:
Make A Miniature Family Lenten Garden
Our beginning, and our mortal fall, began in a garden.
Christ's beginning to right that fall began in a garden, passion anguish dripping great drops of blood. And so our new beginning begins in a garden, a stone rolled away to that echoing tomb, shroud whispering in the wind.
So make a miniature Easter garden, a miniature garden for Spring, remembering of the grief of our first Eden beginning and the wonder of our new Christ beginnings…
Our children anxiously look forward to lighting one more candle in the Lenten garden during the week leading up to Easter…
A tutorial to make your own Lenten Garden
2. Keep the Supper of the Lamb:
Serve a Messianic Passover Seder Meal
When the Israelites brushed the blood of the lamb on the lintels of the Israelite doors, the angel of death passed over their homes. And Easter again invites God's people to continue to keep the Passover, thankful celebration of the Blood of the Christ lamb marking the doors of our hearts, that the angel of death now forever passes over us.
Why keep the Passover, that day that God said "shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD; throughout your generations, as a statute forever" (Ex. 12:14)?
It isn’t about keeping laws and regulations. It isn’t about keeping our burdens. It isn’t about keeping some empty, meaningless customs.
It is about keeping something worth preserving: emblems pregnant with the fulfillment of the New Covenant. It is about the questions that keep time to the beat of our children’s heart: Why am I here? What does all of this living really mean? Where am I headed? When will I be all that I am to be?
So we take out our messianic passover seder plate and goblet and we read the very thoughtful booklet that accompanies it, explaining the essential elements of the Passover feast and why keeping the Passover is significant to all believers in Jesus Christ.
This meal is truly the highlight of our year… and our children keenly await celebrating Passover, even more so than any other holiday of the year…
Dayspring's beautiful Passover tableware collection (which is actually half price right now) that we'll be setting out this year…
Messianic Seder Dinner:A Menu
3. Keep an Easter Tree:
A Complement to the Christmas Tree
As we decorated a Christmas tree with the symbols of Christ's miraculous coming… so we decorate an Easter tree with the symbols of Christ's miraculous saving.
4. Keep Company with Jesus to Calvary:
Mark the Days till Easter
As Advent days are marked until the birth of the Babe in Bethlehem, so we too reflectively observe the days until Easter, keeping company with Jesus as He carries the cross — all our Grace-Hope — to Calvary. Consider making a Family Easter Calendar — much like an Advent Calender — a way to mark the days till Easter — and the culmination of all God's promises in Christ.
5. Keep a Clean Heart:
Make a Family Repentance Box
We create a quiet corner to come write out our confessions,scratch down our repentances, tuck them away in the dark of a tomb-box… and come Easter morning, we leave the box empty too, burn all our sins away, and hope rises from our ashes.
This one activity has so grown and moved us… our family repentance box has stayed year-long…
Behold your lamb… who comes to take away the sins of the world…
The sins of today. So we, the dead made alive, our dry bones dance joy and all the world watches the glory celebration of the Hosanna people who cannot help but sing New Life!
For all is forgiven.
How are you preparing your heart to fully appreciate the wonder of Easter?
Let's encourage each other with ideas in the comment box!