Expecting Easter: Sounds of the Crucifixion

Matthew 27:45-54

45 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land.
46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice,
“Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?”
(which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).

47 When some of those standing there heard this,
they said, “He’s calling Elijah.”

48 Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge.
He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink.

49 The rest said, “Now leave him alone.
Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”

50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice,
he gave up his spirit.

51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.
The earth shook, the rocks split 52 and the tombs broke open.
The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.
53 They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection
and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.

54 When the centurion and those with him
who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened,
they were terrified, and exclaimed,
“Surely he was the Son of God!”


There are so many dramatic sounds
that surround the death
of our Savior.

After reading the Bible passage above
with the kiddos,
we made maracas,
per the instructions from our
A Sense of the Resurrection
lesson for the day.

 (Don't ask- she is in her goofball phase...)

We made the maracas
so that every time we played them
we would be reminded 
of the sounds surrounding
Jesus' death...
Make a joyful noise, right?



On Good Friday,
we continued to dwell on Jesus' death
by reading about his burial:

Matthew 27: 57-61

57 As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea,
named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus.
58 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body,
and Pilate ordered that it be given to him.
59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,
60 and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock.
He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb
and went away.
61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary
were sitting there opposite the tomb.

To honor Jesus' burial,
we made ourselves a little snack
inspired by Catholic Icing's
Using graham crackers as the base...
...the kiddos covered them with
green icing.

...the kiddos cut a small section
off of the bottom of a chocolate covered
...and placed it on the icing.

using a mini Oreo...
...the kiddos sealed their "tombs" shut.

A simple sweet reminder
of bigger events to come...


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