Easter Bagsket Fun…

On March 27, 2013 by Chris Avell
Little Cutie Making Easter Bagskets

Little Cutie Making Easter Bagskets

With a billion Easter egg hunts going on in the area we decided to do something a little different; with the same result… LOTS OF CANDY!

Little ones gathered at our house to fill bags (hence Easter BAGsket) with candy we also filled them with a nice “Easter Story Page” which can be found here and a small message about the contents of the bag:

This Easter Bagsket is for You!

In this bag you will find some fun, and yummy surprises.  But, most importantly, you will find a small part of the story of Jesus Christ – His death and His resurrection.  You will also find some other stuff that carries some meaning.

  • The Egg = Being Born Again
    John 3:3 – Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
  • The Candy = Sweet Victory Over Death
    Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  • Cross = Our Invitation to Follow Jesus
    Luke 9:23 – Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.

I have to say that God worked a miracle in even making the Easter Bagskets possible…  Money was very tight and I was wondering if it was going to be possible to have enough bags so we could pass them out in the community after the event was over – but God was ready to deliver!  And He, as He often does, used the love of another follower of Jesus Christ to shine His light and bring Glory to His name…

While I was (back) at WalMart to get more supplies for the eggs I spotted a brother in Christ and went to say hello.  We talked for a bit – never once did I mention the ‘cost’ of this event or my stress from it, nor did we talk about money at all – and before we parted he said “Here…  This is for you.  I had it to bring to Church, I had already decided to give it, but we ran into one another for a reason.”  That is not nearly an exact quote, I was basically in shocked-awe at the wonder of our Great God and the generosity and willingness (to be used by God) of our friend so I had trouble understanding fully what was being said.  GOD IS AMAZING!  And to our friend, you did not know this at the time, but God used you to work a miracle before my eyes and in our ministry!  GOD IS GOOD!

…Back to the evening.  We did have some great opportunity to minister.  A young lady who is struggling through the consequences of some bad choices she made opened up to us a bit and, although we couldn’t provide everything she needed we were able to share with her the hope found only in Jesus Christ.  She is repentant of her past and seeks to reconcile with those she hurt – way to go!  My wife and I are praying for her on her journey to PA.

All in all it was a great evening, even if the little kids did stay up (candy charged) to 6 in the morning allowing grumpy-old-me less then 30 minutes sleep for the night!…  I’d do it again every time.  Because a little later that morning we got to read and talk about our Savior’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem and worship our Father in heaven!

Matthew 21:1-11
As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”

This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

“Say to Daughter Zion,
    ‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
    and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

“Hosanna[ to the Son of David!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”

11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

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