Do you get Thriving Family magazine? It’s a publication of Focus on the Family–filled with parenting and marriage guidance and fun stuff to do with your kids. This month they had a whole week of Easter/Resurrection crafts and activities to do with your kids. We picked one of them to do yesterday–first we read 1 Peter 1:18-19,
The blood of Christ set you free from an empty way of life. That way of life was handed down to you by your own people long ago. You know that you were not bought with things that can pass away, like silver or gold. Instead, you were bought by the priceless blood of Christ. He is a perfect lamb. He doesn’t have any flaws at all.
Lydia and Asa are waaay into Jesus being the Lamb of God. We got that whole thing solidified at Christmas! Their favorite Christmas song says, “Yoooou are the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the wooorld!”. So, to build on the Lamb of God born in Bethlehem and add the spotless, sinless Passover Lamb was really cool.
After reading and talking about the verse we got some white carnations and put them in a vase. We looked at them and noticed how “spotless” and perfect they were. We compared the flowers to Jesus’ perfection.
Then we put some red food coloring into the water. I explained that in a few days the flowers would soak up the red dye and their petals would no longer be spotless-but covered with red dye. Just like Jesus took our sin on himself while He was on the cross.
The flowers have been sitting on our mantle for about a day now–still no red in the petals. But I’m waiting! I’m pretty sure they’ll show up soon! Regardless, the kids had a good time talking about spotless versus spotted and perfect versus sinful. And soon, it will be an awesome visual of what Jesus took upon Himself–for us!