In an effort to help keep Jesus a focal point in our living room and not the television, we constructed and hung a large cross for our living room wall. I say “we constructed” but in reality it was the effort of my handy husband. Along with being a visual reminder of our savior’s work on the cross, it also serves as a prayer wall. Nails placed all over the cross act as a place for us to hang our burdens, prayers, and thankfulness in written form – if we choose. The nails also serve as a reminder of our sins being nailed to the cross of Jesus. Being the horse loving family that we are – the nails we selected for this project are farrier nails. I thought they looked like miniature versions of the stakes used in the hands and feet of Jesus.
He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us, he took it away, nailing it to the cross. Colossians 2:14-15
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Passion Week Preparations
When Passion Week comes along we make a few additions to our cross. First, we cover our cross with a curtain made to resemble the one used in the temple. This is the curtain that would have separated people from God. We did our best to adhere to the instructions in Exodus 26:31 “Make a veil of blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, with cherubim skillfully worked into it.” but my golden cherubim look more like golden plump pigeons might not meet God’s “skillfully” done requirement. This is just another reason to be thankful Jesus took this requirement away from us.
Along with the curtain, we hang a purple robe, a staff made from a stick, a crown of thorns, and a sign that reads “King of the Jews”. If the purple robe looks a little rough its because we found it in the dress-up bin. I believe I made that for my oldest daughter during her Narnia phase. Not a penny was spent making the curtain or the accessories. The fabric was in my scrap bin and the crown of thorns and staff were compliments of nature right here on the farm. I don’t remember but I wouldn’t doubt that the sign was made using cardboard from pizza the night before. “They dressed him in a purple robe, and they wove thorn branches into a crown and put it on his head. And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!” Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him.” Mark 15:17-19
GOOD FRIDAY CHANGES IT ALL
“And the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.” Mark 15:38 As Jesus died on the cross, the temple curtain was torn in two signifying our ability to have fellowship with him through his son. Hidden in our homemade curtain is a vertical strip of Velcro. When Good Friday arrives, the kiddos get to rip the curtain – year after year. The cross has a light feature mounted behind it which remains off during the dark three days following the death of Christ. Come Easter morning the light is turned on as we celebrate our risen savior!
In Him and through faith in Him we may enter God’s presence with boldness and confidence. Ephesians 3:12
Do You Have a Special Tradition?
Do you have a Easter tradition that helps your family keep their focus on Jesus Christ? Please share your ideas in the comments. Thank you for reading. Have a blessed day!