Lent is the season of preparation for Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday and lasts through Holy Saturday (the day before Easter). Traditionally, Christians have observed Lent by devotion, fasting, repenting, and giving. We can invite our children to join us as we observe this season, as we prepare our hearts and our lives for Easter.
Thanks to Kimberlee Conway Ireton for her plan that I used to develop these Kid’s Devotions.http://www.stchristophers-mn.org/storage/files/family-devotions-for-lent.pdf
After Jesus’ death, another prophecy had to be fulfilled regarding Jesus’ being in the grave.
Ask the children…
Who was Joseph of Arimathea and what did he do?
“Joseph of Arimathea took a risk and went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. (Joseph was an honored member of the high council, and he was waiting for the Kingdom of God to come.)” (Mark 15:43)
How was Jesus’ body wrapped and where was He laid?
“Joseph bought a long sheet of linen cloth. Then he took Jesus’ body down from the cross, wrapped it in the cloth, and laid it in a tomb that had been carved out of the rock. Then he rolled a stone in front of the entrance.” (Mark 15:46)
As was the custom, Jesus’ body was rolled in a linen cloth. His body would also have been wrapped up with spices. And the great stone insured that no one would come and steal the body.
Holy Saturday is a day of anticipation for us. We know that the grave could not hold Jesus and that on Easter Sunday He rose out of it. However on this day we are reminded that Jesus was fulfilling the prophecy of being 3 days in the earth before He was raised up to new life.
Ask your children what they notice happens outside during the springtime? When they see the wild flowers, trees blooming and birds singing, what does that make them think of? It reminds us that new life is all around us and that new life in Jesus is just around the corner.
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