King of all days all so highly exalted,

Glorious in heaven above.

Hungry you came to the earth you created,

All for love’s sake became poor.

I’ll never know how much it cost,

to see my sin upon that cross

“Here I Am to Worship” by Tim Hughes

Each year during the Easter season, we try to do an activity surrounding the death and resurrection of Jesus for our girls at Corazon del Pastor, something that will make an impact on them and also give them time to reflect on what it all means to them.

This year we focused on our redemption and freedom from sin because of Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice on our behalf. First Barbara read a story recounting the journey Jesus made from his trial to his resurrection.

Each girl was given a piece of cloth on which to write a sin they wanted to receive forgiveness for, or something that they’ve been struggling with and wanted help in overcoming it. I was impressed that the girls really took it to heart and were really thinking about what they wanted to write down. I think they were willing to be more honest about it because they were assured that it was just between Jesus and them.

We then went out to the cross and they each took their cloth and nailed it to the cross, with the words facing the cross. The girls were very solemn as they thought about how Jesus was nailed to a cross and how much it must have hurt him physically to be hanging there.

The girls nailing their ‘sins’ to the cross.

Johana and her little sister, Karina seeing all those struggles and sins on the cross.

After all the girls had finished nailing their sins to the cross, we had a time of quiet reflection and prayer as we allowed the sight of the cross covered in our own sins to really make an impact. Some of the girls were very moved, some were embarrassed to have their sin hanging there.

Jackie closed in a prayer, reiterating our thankfulness that we are forgiven of all of those sins because of Christ’s sacrifice, that we need not be ashamed or guilty, for they have been completely erased and forgotten through Jesus’ shed blood.

We then covered the cross with cloth, so that none of the squares could be read to protect the girls’ privacy, but also to represent how Christ was covered in cloth after his death.

It remained there all Saturday, and then on Sunday morning, before they headed off to church, we removed the cloth, and there underneath were new pieces of cloth. The girls wanted to know where their sins had gone. We were able to tell them that they didn’t exist anymore, and in their place were verses declaring their victory, redemption, and forgiveness through Christ’s death and resurrection.

The girls each received a verse that tells them about being free, forgiven, or cleansed.

Diana is obviously very happy about hers!

Our newest, Kattia along with Johana were comparing what theirs said.

Here Abigail is reading her verse to all the girls,they each had a turn to read what theirs said.

Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life—no longer at sin’s every beck and call! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ’s sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection. We know that when Jesus was raised from the dead it was a signal of the end of death-as-the-end. Never again will death have the last word. When Jesus died, he took sin down with him, but alive he brings God down to us… You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did.

Romans 6:6-11

We hope you had a reflective Holy Week and joyous Easter!