The Resurrection is for Real
by Jon Herr
In modern America, we have a curious way of marking the locations of important events, of commemorating bold and valorous acts, or even tragedies, and setting apart sacred space. Gaping, 1-acre-large square pits with cascading waterfalls set apart the downtown Manhattan site of the collapsed World Trade Center buildings. Stone monuments grace the sites of the Wright brothers’ first powered flight in North Carolina, the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln in Indiana, and the site of Commodore Perry’s naval victory during the War of 1812 on Lake Erie. A floating walkway watches over the sunken remains of the USS Arizona, submerged since Dec. 7, 1941. And this says nothing of the massive presidential depictions cut into the cliffs of South Dakota and other commemorations of American history. These places shape our cultural memory, coloring our outlook on our land and our heritage. And they shape the outlook on our future, as we take our families on “pilgrimages” to visit these sites and pass on their memory to our children.
photo from: http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com
Two years ago, we shared with you a recipe for Resurrection Rolls as a fun Easter activity. We wrapped crescent rolls around marshmallows and baked them in the oven while we read the Easter story. When they were done, the marshmallow had melted, leaving an “empty tomb” inside the roll.
The idea of the Resurrection is a difficult thing for a child to grasp. “So Jesus was dead?” “And then He was raised from the dead and He is still alive today?” As you’ve read in the feature article this month, it is one of the most romanticized concepts of our faith—and also one of the most integral ones. It’s sometimes even difficult for an adult to grasp: the Resurrection happened for real.
With children, I’ve found it is easier to have tangible reminders of these faith concepts. So for this month, here is a DIY project that you and your children can do together as a reminder of the Resurrection. It’s an Easter Garden. Not only will it be an adorable centerpiece for your Easter table, it also teaches children to wait (for the grass to grow) just like his disciples waited for His Resurrection.
For step-by-step instructions and photos click HERE.
His body lies limp in the arms of a stranger—Joseph of Arimathea. Jesus’ friends and family gather around his dead body as he is taken down from the cross to be laid to rest. Mournfully, they begin to realize their loss. John holds Mary, mother of Jesus, as she swoons. This painting, The Deposition, by Rogier Van Der Weyden, definitely demonstrates the artist’s ability. His use of color is beautiful: the earthy palette creates a natural feel, and his blending and shading are beautifully executed.
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