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Day 4 – A Day of Rest {Christ Centered Easter Week}

Easter-Week

 

{If you would like the main post to this series with all the activities for the week in one location, be sure to check it out HERE.}

Day 4 – Wednesday

Opening Song – “I Know That My Redeemer Lives“, no 136 in Hymn Book

There are no events specifically recorded for the fourth day. It is assumed Jesus spent the day resting in Bethany.

Scripture:

Matthew 26: 14-16

14. Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,

15. And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.

16. And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him. 

Discussion:

1. Discuss Judas bargaining for the betrayal of Christ. (This event happened at the end of Day 3).

Who was Judas Iscariot? (Judas was one of the twelve apostles of Christ. He came from Keroth in southern Judea, and was the only one among the apostles who was no a Galilean. He had lived with Jesus for three years at this point, and witnessed many miracles, heard many of Christ’s teachings, and preached with the other disciples of Christ.) Why do you think Judas betrayed his Lord for thirty pieces of silver? (Thirty pieces of silver was the price commonly paid for the life of a male slave). Why do you think this price was set by the Pharisees to Judas? {What sign of respect does that show that they had for Christ?}

Discuss how the betrayal of the Lord by Judas probably did not happen all at once. {“It must have been a day-by-day, step-by-step process. The other apostles did not appear suspicious of Judas. He was elected treasurer of the Twelve, which implied that they must have trusted him.”}

Did Judas have his agency? (yes). Did he choose to trust the Savior or Himself more? (Himself)

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland stated: The most difficult to understand in this group is Judas Iscariot. We know the divine plan required Jesus to be crucified, but it is wrenching to think that one of His special witnesses who sat at His feet, heard Him pray, watched Him heal, and felt His touch could betray Him and all that He was for 30 pieces of silver. Never in the history of this world has so little money purchased so much infamy. We are not the ones to judge Judas’s fate, but Jesus said of His betrayer, “Good [were it] for that man if he had not been born.” (Matthew 26:24))

And here’s one more explanation of how he got to this point:

“The sin that really snuffed out the spiritual spark in Judas was neither his misguided value system nor his betrayal for thirty pieces of silver, but that he failed to come back to the Lord with a genuine repentant heart. He did not grant the Savior the opportunity to forgive him. The scripture states: “He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night.” (John 13:30.) For Judas it has been night ever since.” (“The Shepherd’s Flock“, Ledbetter)

Talk about how it is important to safe guard ourselves by following the prophet’s counsel by daily scripture study, prayer, family home evenings, going to church, etc. End with your testimony of the importance of following Christ and His teachings, so you can stay close to the Spirit and not let Satan enter your heart.

2. Talk about Christ’s miracles.

There is a video called Finding Faith in Christ that illustrates several of Christ’s miracles. (Or look on lds.org/biblevideos for short videos of miracles Jesus performed)

3. Continue talking about the parables taught on Day 3, especially those you didn’t get a chance to talk about.

 

Activity:

1. Decorate Easter Eggs!

egg tip

We invited cousins and grandparents to come have fun decorating Easter Eggs. It was my first time doing it, and it was a little more time consuming than I planned, but the kids still had fun. (I bought the Easter Egg dye for $1.50 at Target, but I know you can mix vinegar and water and just add food coloring and that works too. I think I might try that next year and see how it works.)

lanie egg

egg help

maxwell easter egg

{Confession: I intended to get a discussion going with the kids about the symbolism of Easter, and why we decorate Easter Eggs – but I think I got as far as “Did you know Easter Eggs represent new life?” and that was about it, haha.} But in case you wanted to use this as your discussion for the night, here are some things I learned about Easter symbolism. (While there is history with ‘pagan roots’ meets Christian tradition, I chose to focus on Christian symbolism that will work with our family).

Symbols of Easter

1. Easter Eggs – Represent the resurrection and life beginning anew. (Egg is a symbol of the rock tomb Jesus was laid in. Like the bird emerges from its shell, Jesus emerged from his tomb when He was resurrected.)

2. Easter Bunny – Represent fertility and new life. It reminds us of new life and spring.

3. Easter Lilies – The white blossoms symbolize the purity of Jesus. They also symbolize new life and resurrection of Christ because they emerge in the spring. (spring flowers like daffodils and tulips also symbolize spring and new life)

4. The Lamb – Jesus was known as “the lamb of God”

5. Baby chicks and baby animals – Animals born in the spring represent new life

6. Butterflies – New life cycle. It’s entire life cycle is meant to symbolize the life of Jesus Christ. The first stage (catepillar) symbolizes His life on Earth. 2nd stage (cocoon) symbolizes the crucifixion and burial of Jesus. The final stage (butterfly) represents Christ’s resurrection.

7. New Clothes on Easter Sunday – Symbolizes new life offered through death and resurrection of Jesus.

8. Easter Basket or Easter Gifts – Christ’s life was our greatest gift, so we too give gifts on Easter.

(If you don’t want to talk about all the symbols of Easter, you can focus on Easter eggs while you dye them and talk about how it represents new life – and is a great symbol of death and life coming together.)

2. Decorate Easter Cookies & Deliver to Neighbor or Friends

cookie yum

Christ asked us to serve those around us and to “love one another”. Show some service by decorating some yummy Easter cookies and delivering them to neighbors or friends. It will make their night, and you can eat leftovers when you get home. (You could even tie in the symbolism of Easter while decorating the cookies if you have Easter cookie cutters – I bought 4 for $1 in the Target Dollar bin – It had the Easter bunny, 2 flower shapes (tulip and another), and a butterfly. I also got the cute Easter plates for $1 at Target as well. I got some Easter sprinkles (the most expensive thing – $4), but I plan on using it again next year (and maybe the next), so I think it was a good purchase.

cookies chica1 cookies mom+lanie

 

I would post the recipe I used, but I didn’t really like it that much. My husband loved it and ate it a lot, and my sis-in-law was sweet and told me she thought it was good too, but I’m not sure if they were just humoring me or not. I think next time I’ll try to not add as much flour when I’m rolling it out (I used a ton, so maybe that lessened the yummy flavor?), and maybe not use light sour cream.

But it still LOOKS yummy so I might give it another shot. I did it thick like they recommended, but I almost think it was too thick… So something else I’d change. If you want to test it out – here is the recipe. And you can even leave a comment for me here if you make it and tell me how it turns out for you! 🙂 (Or even better, share a new sugar cookie recipe that even a novice like I can get right. haha)

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