Celebrating Palm Sunday: Easter Challenge & Good Clicks
Editor’s Note: Read Take the Easter Challenge for more background on this upcoming Holy Week.
Celebrate Palm Sunday
- Wake up super early and watch the sunrise together. Celebrate your intimacy, and enjoy a quiet breakfast just the two of you, if you can.
- Attend a Palm Sunday service with your spouse. Hold hands as you praise, worship, and pray. Remember the love your spouse has for you, and how much more God loves you.
- In ancient times, palm branches represented victory. The Jews cried “Hosanna” and honored Jesus as a potential political, military leader by laying palm branches on the ground. Jesus didn’t come to overthrow the Romans; He came to save the souls of His people by taking away the sins of the world through His sacrificial deaths. Remember the real reason Jesus came today. Make palm branch crosses together. Place these someplace where you’ll see them often throughout the week.
- Modify this Palm Sunday altar for home. Select a small table in a well-trafficked room like the living room, dining room, or kitchen. Drape a purple cloth over the table (I’m using a scarf) to representing Passion Week and the royalty of the King of kings. Scatter palm branches (real or artificial) across the table to represent praising Hosanna. Light green candles to represent life and the Light of the World. Finally, place a bowl of stones on the table representing The Living Stone and read 1 Peter 2:4-10. I’d also include a Holy Bible and slips of paper and pens for you and your husband (and family) to write down words of praise to the Lord and prayers. Review these at the end of the week.
- Enjoy a special meal together as a couple (family). Bring out the nice dishes and decorate with palm branches and lots of green. Read the account of Jesus’ Triumphant Entry in Matthew 21:1-17; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:29-40; and John 12:12-19.
- Make these cute palm tree fruit tree using kiwi, bananas, and mandarin oranges (or peach slices) to enjoy as a snack or for dessert.
- Talk about the significance of Jesus getting angry and throwing out the money changers from the temple. The money-changers had become greedy and were defiling the temple. How can you guard against greed in your marriage?
While there is no longer a temple in Jerusalem, Paul talks about our bodies being the temple of the Holy Spirit. 2 Corinthians 6:16 says, “What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: ‘I will live with them and walk among them and I will be their God, and they will be my people.'”
What idols do you need to cast out? Do some soul-searching this week and ask God to reveal to you what you’ve been putting before Him. Keep each other accountable.
- I’ve been seeing lots of these painted affirmation stones everywhere lately. Here’s a great idea from My WholeHearted Life that I’ve modified for Easter. Jesus says in Luke 19:40, “If they keep silent, even the rocks will cry out and praise Me!” Collect rocks from your yard as a couple (or family). Grab paints, paintbrushes, sponges, and other art supplies. Color the stones to your liking and let them dry out in the sun. Then using black puffy paint, write words of praise to Christ or reasons to praise God! Trust, hope, beauty, and courage are great places to start, but use your imagination and make it personal for you. Do this in place of dying Easter eggs, if you wish.
What activity did you and your husband pick to do during the whole week? Which of these activities appeals to you the most and why? Which one will you do together? Share your thoughts about the Easter Challenge below!
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Good Clicks for Your Weekend
- How to Validate Your Spouse’s Feelings by Beth from Messy Marriage
- How to Find Peace When You’re Worried About Finances by Jolene from the Alabaster Jar guest blogging on A Biblical Marriage
- Ever Had Mustgoes? from The Romantic Vineyard
- The Couch by Lori from The Generous Wife
- Are You Giving Your Marriage the Time It Needs? by Ngina from Intentional Today