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The Beauty of the Easter Story

 

The Beauty of the Easter Story | Money Savvy Living

 

As with any holiday, it is easy to get caught up in the traditions, family gatherings, and events of the season and forget the meaning of why we celebrate the day.  The kids love coloring eggs, hunting for Easter eggs, and of course, eating the chocolate bunnies.  But the true significance of Easter is so much more.

 

When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left.  Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”

The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”

There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the king of the jews.

One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”

But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” –Luke 23:33-43

 

Reading this particular passage of the Easter story always brings a tear to my eye. I remember being a little girl and asking my mom to read this part over and over again. I cannot help but feel the immense amount of love that Jesus has for us, that he was willing to take the pain, humiliation, and punishment of a common criminal—as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins—when he had done nothing to deserve death.

But the beauty of the Easter story doesn’t stop there.

In this slow and agonizing death, the Son of God took all of our sins, our sickness, and our iniquities upon himself.

He faced death, so that we could have life. Eternal life with him in Heaven.

In this ultimate act of love, Jesus did everything that we need to be saved from our sin and the punishment that we deserve. Jesus’ death on the cross provides the gift of salvation; all we have to do is make the decision to accept that gift.

Natural Dye for Easter Eggs

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

I have been trying to remove processed foods, preservatives, and artificial flavors from the foods that I buy and from the meals that I make for my family. That is why I was so excited to see the article posted on eMeals that uses natural products, that you probably already have in your kitchen pantry, to dye Easter eggs! Usually, I just let the kids color the eggs and then we throw them out because the chemicals and dye soak through the egg shell and into the egg white. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to eat that and I certainly don’t want my kids eating that! This year, we won’t have to waste those beautifully colored eggs because we will be using fruits, vegetables, and juices to color our eggs.

Red:
Use pomegranate juice or canned cherries with syrup.

Blue:
Boil 4 cups of water. Cut 1/4 of a head of red cabbage into chunks and add to water. Stir in 2 Tablespoons vinegar. Let cool to room temperature and remove cabbage with a slotted spoon.

Pink:
Boil 4 cups of water. Chop 1 medium beet and add to water. Stir in 2 Tablespoons vinegar and let cool to room temperature; remove beets. OR if you have cranberry juice on hand, you can use it.

Yellow:
Boil 1 cup of water. Stir 2 Tablespoons turmeric and add 2 teaspoons white vinegar.

Lavender:
Mix 1 cup grape juice and 1 tablespoon vinegar.

Orange:
Take the skin of 6 yellow onions and simmer in 2 cups water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 3 teaspoons white vinegar.

Green:
Peel the skin from 6 red onions and simmer in 2 cups water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 3 teaspoons white vinegar. OR if you have spinach on hand you could use spinach in boiled water.

*You should note that using all natural dyes tends to yield lighter colored eggs. If you would like darker colors, you may want to let them set overnight in the refrigerator.

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