This post is a continuation of our Easter Week family devotions. Read Part I here.
We read about Judas agreeing to betray Jesus (Matthew 26:14-16, Luke 22:1-6), but first, since it also involves Judas and his greed, we backed up and read from John 12:1-8 about Mary anointing Jesus a few days before. To illustrate, I found a pretty jar and mixed a little bit of baby oil and some perfume to pour into the boys hands. We talked about kings being anointed and the significance of her gift.
Using information from Passover for Kids and Order of the Passover Seder from The Jerusalem Connection, we talked our way through a Seder. Along the way we sampled homemade unleavened bread and grape juice. In years to come I would like this to grow into a full Seder. So meaningful! Also in the future (I thought about it for this year but it was too cold!) I want to end the meal by going outside in the moonlight to pray.
The day Jesus was crucified. We read passages from the gospels about the crucifixion and then went outside where each boy got to hold a large nail before watching Daddy drive 3 into a block of wood. We talked about how it must have hurt to feel those nails go in with such force. And that Jesus could have come down at any time, but he stayed on that cross for each of us. Because he loves us.
Made Easter story cookies. The ones where each ingredient tells a part of the Easter story, then you leave them in the oven overnight. When you check them the next morning they are supposed to be hollow, just like the tomb was empty! Ours however, were still slightly gooey. Oops. Next time I think I'll have the oven a little hotter before turning it off. They were still more than slightly yummy, so it was still a win.
Hallelujah, Christ arose! All week long we sang the hymns One Day, and Christ Arose. We also worked together to memorize Luke 24:1-6, which begins, "Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they and certain other women with them went to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared." (We went with New King James on this one, opting for 'tomb' instead of sepulchre') So, we ended our week of Easter devotions by waking our boys up 'very early in the morning'. Thanks to the clouds it didn't have to be as early as it would have on a clear day. :) We wrapped the boys in blankets and went outside to watch the world grow lighter and read the gospel accounts of Jesus' resurrection.
Such a fun and meaningful 8 days together!