Easter Activity: Day 8

 
Supplies: Egg #8 – Sign that says, “King of the Jews”
 
Luke 23:38 — A sign was fastened above him with these words: “This is the King of the Jews.”
 
No one that was gathered around the cross understood the fullness of what was happening. Their human incapability to see the big picture kept them in their fear, sadness, and unbelief that this could possibly be the way that it would end. The fact that we have the whole story (you know – the part where we know this isn’t the end), makes it so easy to look at elements of the whole Passion week and judge the disciples for their betrayal, denial, and fear. We know the end of the story, though, and we still live as though we don’t.   One of the problems Christians have is that their relationship with God is rooted in their physical state of being comfortable. What shaky ground that is! We don’t recognize sin as the covering that keeps us from seeing who Jesus is and how much we need him. We need to live making choices that reflect the fact that we understand the life and death effects of those decisions.   Jesus understood the life and death part, so he was willing to do whatever it took for us to have life. Because of the sacrifice Jesus made, we have the ability to say that we are free from the bondage of sin.
 
2 Corinthians 3:16-18 says, But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.   As we choose to seek the face of God each day, we have to understand that we are never finished and we are capable of terrible things. The more often we practice the seeking, the more we look like Him. It is the Spirit of the Lord that is working in us – transforming us to be more loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and self controlled. We make the choice to turn our faces away from the things of this world and to the face of the one who died for us.   So what about the sign that they placed over Jesus’ head? It read: “This is the King of the Jews.” Just like the disciples and us too, when we don’t remember that our choices result in life or death, they only had a small piece of it. No matter what their motive in the sign was, it did say KING. But, he wasn’t only the king of the Jews. He is KING of all – Heaven and Earth, always has been and forever will be. He can be the King of your heart too – but you have to choose to accept Him and the gift he offers. And, that phrase “more than conquerors” – it means that because of what Jesus did (obliterated death), we have overwhelming victory through Jesus – we don’t just eek it out. We can live knowing the whole story – that the victory is already won, and that this life is only temporary. Our father asks us to trust that he is working on our behalf, even when we don’t see or feel it. He is never taken off guard and He knows best how to take care of his children. He is so good.
 
Activity: Read Roman 8:31-39 and discuss how Jesus has helped you conquer in your life. Have your kids draw a battle scene depicting God’s army winning and Satan fleeing. Sometimes our kids need a very concrete way to process things that we have a hard time explaining to them. If you give them a platform in which to stand, you might be very surprised at how much of the spiritual world they really do grasp.
 
“Where the Spirit of the Lord Is”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt8k62M7oBI
“More Than Conquerors”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2p8_4NbrcKA

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