In the last 4-5 years or so, I’ve been disappointed and confused as to the utter lack of celebration of Easter in Christian circles.
Christmas is wonderful, Advent is great, and we wouldn’t have Easter without them. But I submit the holiday that bears the most significance in the Christian faith is Easter. The Birth of Christ means nothing if we fail to view it in light of His salvific, sacrificial death on the cross, and His glorious, miraculous, justifying, victorious resurrection from the dead.
So to celebrate this seemingly more significant holiday, we do decorate with significant reminders of the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Today, the kids and I built a resurrection garden!
It’s fairly simple to do.
- Tray or plate
- Pot, jar, or cup
- Grass, herb, or wildflower seeds
- A rock
- 3 long sticks, 3 short sticks for crosses
- String or hot glue for crosses
- Spray bottle for watering
- Lay the pot on it’s side, and cover with soil. It’s helpful to put a little soil in the pot at the bottom edge to help hold it still.
- Sprinkle seeds on top of the “hill” symbolizing Calvary
- Take the sticks and assemble them into 3 crosses. We usually make one larger one, and two smaller ones. This year we used string to tie the sticks together, but if you have hot glue, it works just as well and is faster assembly.
- Place the crosses on top of the hill, largest in the middle (Representative of Jesus’ cross) and the smaller two, one on either side (the criminals’/thieves’ crosses)
- Gently spray the hill with water to encourage seed germination.
- Cover the open end of the pot with the rock to symbolize the stone sealing the entrance to the tomb.
The idea is that the initial look of the “garden” is stark, empty, barren, casting our focus to the crucifixion of Christ, and his burial in the borrowed tomb.
Throughout the Lenten season, as you daily mist the soil/seeds, we’re reminded of Jesus as the Living Water, quenching the thirst of our souls with His saving grace.
As the seeds germinate and sprout, we see life begin, and grow, reminding us that Jesus is our source of life.
And on Easter Sunday, the stone is rolled away revealing the empty “tomb” and we celebrate that Jesus is risen! Victorious, over death, hell, and the grave.
I think these lyrics sum up the Lent/Easter mindset, and so I’ll leave you with them.
“O Praise The Name (Anástasis)”