Easter Activity: Day 6

 
Supplies: Egg #6 – The Cross
 
John 19:16-17 (NLT) “Then Pilate turned Jesus over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus away. Carrying the cross by himself, he went to the place called Place of the Skull (in Hebrew, Golgotha).”
 
What comes to mind when you think of the cross?  In our culture, we are very far removed from the fear that came from the sight of a cross in the time of Roman rule.  However, in the time when Christ was on the earth, it wasn’t uncommon to see this very public display. It was used to keep people in line, reminding them of who was in charge.  I love that God used a symbol of fear to obliterate our fear of death forever!
 
Verse 16 was just the beginning.  Before he could gasp the words, “It is finished,” he would have so much more to endure, beginning with him carrying the very thing that would bring his death.  He knew he had to endure it to fulfill the prophecy and become the sacrificial lamb on behalf of all mankind. There was no other way. It is symbolic of him carrying the weight of all of the sin that ever was and ever would be.  And the most amazing part was that he didn’t back down. This is amazing grace!

 

So what does Jesus ask of us?  In each of the gospels, He asks that we lay down our own lives (wishes, wants, desires), take up our cross, and follow Him – not backing down.  For the disciples, that actually meant that they would need to be willing to lay down their physical lives beside their ways and desires. Are we willing?  Are we willing to take our crosses outside into the world to be recognized as Jesus’ followers? If people have any knowledge of who Jesus is, most would associate the cross with Jesus.  Is it obvious that you are carrying a cross or do you look too much like the world? The world will know where your loyalty lies by the fruit we bear, and it looks like this.
 
Galatians 5:22-23  “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”
 
The choice is ours each moment of each day.  Because of Jesus’ sacrifice and the fact that the veil was torn, we have the express privilege of going straight to the Father Himself to ask Him to help us to die to ourselves, pick up our cross, and follow after Him.  That way, we look less like ourselves and more like Him.  
 
Activity: Take a piece of paper and draw a cross on it.  Write on it all the attributes of Christ that you want to display in your daily life.  Pray that God will help you to die to yourself and put on Christ daily as you carry your cross. Talk with your kids about baptism and what it means.  This is such a wonderfully physical representation of what Christ did for us.
 
Songs:
“Hallelujah for the Cross”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npe6gqweNUk
 

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