Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday

I thought I'd share a local story about a man named Abe (Andy's co-worker) who is battling terminal cancer at this moment.  Andy just got back from visiting him today and his condition is worsening. Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers this Easter weekend.  

Also, I saw this idea on another person's blog and thought I'd copy it.  I don't know if I'll get around to trying it this year, but I think it's a good one.  

Easter Story Eggs

12 plastic eggs
Egg carton
Sharpie Marker
Piece of palm leaf or similar leaf
Small piece of cloth with perfume on it
Small piece of cereal or bread
A couple of dimes or nickels
Small cross
Thorn or small thorny branch
Piece of burlap
2 nails
Small piece of sponge
A couple of cloves or other whole spice
Small rock
Small piece of linen
Little slips of paper to write Scripture references on

Use the Sharpie to write the numbers 1-12 on the eggs, and then put the eggs in the carton.  Inside each egg, place the item and Scripture reference written on a small piece of paper.

Egg #1  
Message - Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey.  The people waved palm branches.
Passage - Matthew 21 1-11
Item - Piece of palm branch or similar leaf

Egg #2
Message - Mary poured expensive perfume on Jesus' feet
Passage - John 12:2-8
Item - Small cloth with perfume on it

Egg #3
Message- Jesus shared the Last Supper with His disciples
Passage - Matthew 26 17-30
Item - A small piece of cereal or bread

Egg #4 
Message - Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver
Passage - Matthew 27:3
Item - 2 dimes or nickels

Egg #5
Message - Jesus carried His own cross
Passage - John 19:17
Item - A small cross

Egg #6 
Message - Soldiers placed a crown of thorns on Jesus' head
Passage - John 19:2
Item - A thorn or a piece of a thorny branch

Egg #7
Message - Soldiers parted Jesus' garments and cast lots for His coat
Passage - John 19:23
Item - A scrap of burlap and one of the nails

Egg #8
Message - Jesus was nailed to a cross and pierced in His side
Passage - John 19:18, 37 & John 20:25-29
Item - The other nail

Egg #9
Message - Jesus was given vinegar mixed with gall on a sponge to drink
Passage - Matthew 27:34
Item - A small sponge

Egg #10
Message - Spices were used to prepare Jesus for burial
Passage - John 19:40
Item - The cloves or spices

Egg #11
Message - The stone covering Jesus' tomb was rolled away
Passage - John 20:1
Item - A small rock

Egg #12
Message - All that was found was Jesus' burial linens.  He was not there.  He has risen!
Passage - John 20:6-7
Item - A scrap of linen-type fabric

1 comment:

Tracey said...

I will remember Abe in my prayers. Cancer is a horrible thing. I know a lady in our church right now battling cancer and her prognosis is not good. But, I believe God still does miracles today. So, I keep praying.