What’s in a name? A name is more than just something by which we are called; in a sense, it is our reputation. Did you know there are a multitude of names for God? Each name unique and powerful; the list is endless.
Join us on this exciting adventure through Scripture, where we will learn some amazing verses, talk about how those verses should affect our lives, and discuss some practical ways to make these names “real”.
“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;” – John 11:25
Some might find it odd to be thinking of Easter at Christmas time, but isn’t that what this season is about? Jesus didn’t come to earth so we could have more presents, lots of candy canes, and sing carols. He came to earth to die; to redeem us and provide a way into eternity with God.
Christmas is the perfect time to be thinking of Easter and all this season truly means. It is because this special baby was born we are able to rejoice. It is because He came and dwelt among us we are able to once again have a relationship with the Father.
While we wish to enjoy this season to its fullest, I didn’t want this fact to escape our attention. I wanted to make a point of bringing this home with our kids and explain the ‘reason for the season’.
After doing our devotion, we headed into our kitchen and got busy! We did some hand washing and took out our supplies. Let’s see if you can figure out what we were making:
Cinnamon & Sugar Mixture
Any ideas?…. We made Resurrection Rolls! There is nothing like warm, sweet pastry on a cold afternoon! We rolled our marshmallows in melted butter, then in our cinnamon mixture, wrapped them in crescent roll, and popped them into our oven set to 350 degrees for about eight minutes. When they came out, no marshmallow was to be seen.
The purpose of the Resurrection Rolls is to recreate the burial experience most likely to have occurred with Jesus’ body. He would have been anointed with oils and spices, wrapped in linen, and then placed in a tomb. Three days later (or eight minutes by our oven timer) Jesus’ body was no longer to be found; He had risen from the dead!
In addition to our cooking fun, I wanted to try a ‘pin’ I had been saving from Pinterest. I took holiday glow sticks (green, red, and white), popped them into Easter eggs, and had the kids go on an egg hunt in the dark!
(Note: This is not as easy as it sounds!! If you plan to recreate this at home yourself, make sure you either buy larger eggs or have some packing tape on hand. These glow sticks don’t bend to fit into the eggs all that well. My guy suggested coiling them into packing tape and then putting the coil into eggs, which worked very well. I wish someone had told me this in advance though, it would have saved a little time and panic.)
The kids had so much fun with our activities. It was a wonderful reminder of what this season is all about, the birth of our Savior.
I leave you with this thought: “… Born that man no more may die. Born to raise the sons of earth. Born to give them second birth. Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!”