We are adding a tradition this year.
Thanks to the idea from my college friend Katie, we are doing “Blessing Baskets”. We will fill the baskets with rocks to represent our sins. Ideally, we will probably do this part on Thursday next year.
We will call out our sin (general and maybe even specific) as we place each rock in to the basket.
Then we will cover the rocks with a red cloth, to represent the Blood of Christ that covers our sins, talking about Christ’s death on the cross and what it means for us. Then we will take the rocks out of the basket (placing them in Jesus’ Basket) and talk about how Jesus truly takes our sins away. The baskets will remain empty until Sunday morning.
On Sunday morning when we wake to find our Empty Tomb, we will also find the baskets filled with Goodies. We will share with the children why we are rejoicing and celebrating.
I am thankful today that Jesus did die for my sins. Daily I am reminded of my need for a Savior.
My Basket will be heavy indeed.
It is a Glorious thing that Jesus says
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest…For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
The Bible tells us that “all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God” and that “the penalty of sin is death” But, Because of Jesus’ death on the cross, He became the substitute…and took my place. He took the rocks out of my basket…that I would no longer have such a heavy load to bear.
May we all rejoice today that we no longer stand condemned because of the Great One who stood in our place, that we might stand righteous in the eyes of God.
What a Good Friday indeed.