‘My Easter Egg Hunt’ follows Phoebe as she reluctantly tries to discover what Good Friday is all about, why it could possibly be good. The last person she chats with, her big brother, tells her about Jesus looking with love from the cross at John & his mother, making sure they would be there for each other. It is a moment of great love. Jesus who has revealed his servant heart at the last supper, and his costly willingness to go the way of the cross in the garden now speaks words to comfort even whilst enduring the intense agony and desolation of the cross.
The cross is an outpouring of love, an act of selfless love to reach us – His children, lost and alone, broken by our separation from God.
And we can see that it was while we were powerless to help ourselves that Christ died for sinful men. In human experience it is a rare thing for one man to give his life for another, even if the latter be a good man, though there have been a few who have had the courage to do it. Yet the proof of God’s amazing love is this: that it was while we were sinners that Christ died for us. (Rom 5:8 Philips)
It wasn’t so long ago that you were mired in that old stagnant life of sin. You let the world, which doesn’t know the first thing about living, tell you how to live. You filled your lungs with polluted unbelief, and then exhaled disobedience. We all did it, all of us doing what we felt like doing, when we felt like doing it, all of us in the same boat. It’s a wonder God didn’t lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us. Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. (Eph 2:1-6 MSG)
I am going to encourage us as a family this week to find a way of giving someone an Act of Random Kindness.
I want us to enjoy the thinking, and planning, and to wonder in anticipation how it might encourage that person and surprise them.
The kindness bingo game sheet on the Random Acts of Kindness website has some good ideas.
Some of the ideas can be done with little cost and effort, others will take more. which did we choose & why?
Talk together about what loving kindness can look like, how it feels to give it, how it feels to accept it from someone else.
Wonder together what Jesus’ loving kindness looks like.
Read the last section of ‘My Easter Egg Hunt’, where Phoebe chats with her brother.
Then if there is an opportunity to look up John 19:25-27 read those few verses about the moment when Jesus spoke to John and his mother from the cross.