Easter Activity: Day 4

 

Supplies: Egg #4 – Thorns

 

Matthew 27:29

29 They wove thorn branches into a crown and put it on his head, and they placed a reed stick in his right hand as a scepter. Then they knelt before him in mockery and taunted, “Hail! King of the Jews!”

 

How do you want people to see you?  

We go to all kinds of lengths for people to like us.  Some people show off, some people hide who they are in fear that they won’t be liked, and others put on a completely different persona to be what they think others will like.  Jesus never did any of those things. He only spoke truth in his ministry on earth. We believe that Jesus and God are one (John 10:30) and that God cannot lie (Hebrews 6:18). His accusers used the truth that Jesus spoke to mock him; they didn’t believe that Jesus was a king, but that didn’t mean it wasn’t so.  

 

Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44) and he will do whatever he can to make you question who you are and what you believe.  If you are uncertain about who you are and what the truth is, he can convince you of anything through your own self doubt and what others say about you.  How sad it is that we as God children will believe these lies on a daily basis!

 

What do you believe about yourself and where does that information come from?  Romans 8:15 talks about how God has adopted us as His children and that along with Jesus we are heirs of God’s glory.  If we believe what God says about us, that gives us confidence that can come from no other place. Jesus knew where truth came from and what the truth was, so it didn’t matter that he was being mocked by a label that mere men put over him on the cross.  Oh to have that kind of confidence!

 

This is where we can all help each other out a bit.  If we would use our ability of blessing more often, those words of truth will help us to believe more of what God says about us.  When you see someone using a talent that is most certainly a God-given spiritual gift, encourage that person in that. When someone is stepping out of their comfort zone to fill a need that others have not, speak up and let them know how much you appreciate their efforts!  When you see someone struggling, come alongside them and walk the journey with them, speaking words of life into their life to help make the journey more bearable. We have the power to help each other believe what God says about us.

 

James 3:7-12 speaks to the power of the tongue. 

7 People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, 8 but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. 10 And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! 11 Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? 12 Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring.

 

Activities:

-Pray that we will use each and every day to look to opportunities to practice blessing others (especially within our own families).  Blessing others ALWAYS returns the blessing and helps us to believe what God says about us too.  

-Be intentional about it – it is easy to “get to it later,” but if we specifically take time to write a letter, send a text or make a phone call, that time will not get away from us.  

-Say out loud to God several times a day, “I am who YOU say I am.”

 

Songs:  

You Know Me Better – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fejhEz-WFSI

Royalty – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_XLpnNkiWY


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