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On Friday night, I called my kids up to the living room. The only light in the room was candle light. I read some Scripture (John 13) and talked about the night before Jesus was crucified. Yes, I know Friday night isn’t the right night for that, but I had a late meeting on Thursday.
I told my three children about foot washing and what it means to be a servant to others. Then I went around the room and washed all their feet. Then, I washed my wife’s feet. I didn’t expect it, but each of them took turns washing my feet. It was a great experience and opened up some great conversation, at least from my two oldest children.
Then, I read to them about the Lord’s Supper from Matthew 26. We talked about what the Lord’s Supper is and why we have communion each Sunday at church (Acts 20:7). We had grape juice out and some crackers. Some of you might not agree with my next move, but we talked about how communion reminds us of Jesus’ crucifixion and what He did for us. Then we all drank some grape juice and at the crackers. It was a special night and I wanted my kids to understand what communion is and who it is for.
Then, we went into the dining room to have supper. It was a good segway into the next part of our evening. After dinner, we made “empty tomb” cookies. It’s actually amazing how they are hollow inside. If you want the recipe, you’ll have to ask my wife. We made them together and talked about different parts of the Easter story. Smashing up walnuts we talked about how Jesus’ body was broken. Putting some vinegar in the cookies we talked about how Jesus was offered vinegar to drink on the cross. We added salt and talked about the salty taste of tears and the people who were crying when Jesus died. It was really cool. I’m hoping to make stuff like this a Rodda family tradition.
*On a side note, I even let my oldest son watch a few scenes from The Passion of the Christ. I thought he was old enough to see a pretty accurate image of what the crucifixion was like.
I don’t remember a lot of Easter traditions in my family. We probably had some, I’ve just forgotten (I know, I’m a bad son). I’m looking forward to sharing cool moments like this each Easter with my family. I pray it helps them develop a strong connection with how important Easter is and how it is much more than an Easter bunny and candy.
Does your family have any Easter traditions?
I’d love to hear them.
Please share in the comments.
I’m putting the finishing touches on my Easter lesson for Sunday. Here’s my point – There is something desperately wrong with the world, but God is setting it right in Jesus!
Every year I write an Easter lesson. I have been for more than 10 years. Every year, I use roughly the same verses of Scripture. And every year, I’m blown away by the evidence that is stacked up in God’s favor.
There is no question that Jesus rose from the dead. Any other option requires more faith than believing He rose from the dead.
And because Jesus rose from the dead, my life should be significantly different. But, it’s not. I’m not who I should be. I’m not who I could be for my Jesus. I am disappointed in myself when I don’t give my all. My God deserves so much better.
I’m so excited that Sunday’s coming. Easter morning changes everything. God’s plan is fully realized and His grace is in full swing.
Thank you God for your grace through Jesus Christ.
I pray I live a life that is worthy of all you have done for me!
Forgive me when I fall short.
I love You!
This year, New Life is going big. We are inviting some top name people to join us for Easter Sunday. I’m scheduled to make a call next week, but who I’m calling will remain a surprise. For now, check out this year’s Easter Invites!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I wanted to post some of the things I am thankful for today. Seems like an appropriate day for it.
- I’m thankful for the first person who saw this bird, and thought to themselves, “I bet, after a few hours in an oven, that is one tasty bird.”
- I’m thankful for a country that lets me eat turkey if I want to.
- I’m thankful for being able to watch football and eat turkey at the same time.
- I’m thankful for toilet paper.
- I’m thankful for toothpaste.
- I’m thankful for a home that has heat in the winter.
- I’m thankful for good friends to share an amazing dinner with.
- I’m thankful for a family that constantly helps me to grow and become a better man.
- I’m thankful for a wife who loves me and allows me to be the man God has created me to be.
- I’m thankful for an amazing staff team to work with at New Life Christian Church.
- I’m thankful for a healthy church that is striving together to accomplish God’s mission on earth.
- I’m thankful for mentors who have taken time to pour life experience into me.
- I’m thankful for a faith that goes beyond religious legalism and manipulation.
- I’m thankful that God is bigger than my faults and mistakes.
- I’m thankful for His grace.
- I’m thankful for His mission.
- I’m thankful that He has invited me to be a part of His work.
I have so much to be thankful for. I’m sure I could make this list go on forever. There’s so much to be thankful for in our world. So my question for you is; what are you thankful for? You don’t have to leave an exhaustive list, but maybe your top 2 or 3. As consumerism knocks at the door of taking over the next 30 days or so of our lives, let’s use this day to slow down and keep a proper perspective on the things that really count in our lives.