Friday, 29 March 2013

Jesus takes the punishment for our sins, conquering death, sin and the enemy! Thank you Jesus!!

John 19

New King James Version (NKJV)

The Soldiers Mock Jesus

19 So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him. And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe. Then they said,[a] “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they struck Him with their hands.
Pilate then went out again, and said to them, “Behold, I am bringing Him out to you, that you may know that I find no fault in Him.”

Pilate’s Decision

Then Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said to them, “Behold the Man!”
Therefore, when the chief priests and officers saw Him, they cried out, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!
Pilate said to them, “You take Him and crucify Him, for I find no fault in Him.”
The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to our[b] law He ought to die, because He made Himself the Son of God.”
Therefore, when Pilate heard that saying, he was the more afraid, and went again into the Praetorium, and said to Jesus, “Where are You from?” But Jesus gave him no answer.
10 Then Pilate said to Him, “Are You not speaking to me? Do You not know that I have power to crucify You, and power to release You?”
11 Jesus answered, “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above. Therefore the one who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.”
12 From then on Pilate sought to release Him, but the Jews cried out, saying, “If you let this Man go, you are not Caesar’s friend. Whoever makes himself a king speaks against Caesar.”
13 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus out and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called The Pavement, but in Hebrew, Gabbatha. 14 Now it was the Preparation Day of the Passover, and about the sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, “Behold your King!”
15 But they cried out, “Away with Him, away with Him! Crucify Him!”
Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?”
The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar!”
16 Then he delivered Him to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus and led Him away.[c]

The King on a Cross

17 And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, 18 where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center.19 Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was:
20 Then many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin.
21 Therefore the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘He said, “I am the King of the Jews.”’”
22 Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”
23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, to each soldier a part, and also the tunic. Now the tunic was without seam, woven from the top in one piece. 24 They said therefore among themselves, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be,” that the Scripture might be fulfilled which says:
“They divided My garments among them,
And for My clothing they cast lots.”[d]
Therefore the soldiers did these things.

Behold Your Mother

25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.

It Is Finished

28 After this, Jesus, knowing[e] that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” 29 Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. 30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

Jesus’ Side Is Pierced

31 Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and thatthey might be taken away. 32 Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him. 33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. 34 But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.35 And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe. 36 For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, “Not one of His bones shall be broken.”[f] 37 And again another Scripture says, “They shall look on Him whom they pierced.”[g]

Jesus Buried in Joseph’s Tomb

38 After this, Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took the body of Jesus. 39 And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds. 40 Then they took the body of Jesus, and bound it in strips of linen with the spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury. 41 Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. 42 So there they laid Jesus, because of the Jews’ Preparation Day, for the tomb was nearby.

Friday, 22 March 2013

Castles, birds and reading!!!

This week we have continued our theme on Obedience, using another bible study from Home Life Ministries. We have all found this particular one to be very powerful and caused us all to think, including me :) And we are seeing the beginnings of break through with one of our children in this area - Praise the Lord!

My husband first made an aeroplane with Josef this week and the craze caught on throughout the family! Josef was very proud of his aeroplane that daddy made him :) daddy labelled it 'Josefs' fast plane'. he continually walked up to me and told me 'daddy made this for me'. And look, he'd say, it says 'Josefs' fast plane'!

During the week everyone was making planes! We even took a walk to the park, for a plane flying contest! Adele and Avril spent time working out how the wind affected the flight of their planes.

We also had a quick play..

Adele has been partaking in an art group this term, run by Bernie Meyers, a local artist. Their focus has been on watercolours. Each week they learn technique and tackle a new subject. This week it was the rose.

On return this week, she sat down to create a card for a special occasion.

Adele and I have this week reviewed some of the maths work that she has recently tackled. I noticed that we needed to refocus on some of these skills together.
Damon has been continuing his journey into the world of birds, flight and feathers. Damon's experiment this week, was to make a bird bath. he had to hypothesize about which bath the birds would prefer and why. He decided that the birds would prefer the bath up high, as it is out of predators way.

Damon also read about bird migration. To illustrate the amazing sense that God had given them, Damon had to choose a destination walk towards it and then change direction, which meant he didn't reach it. But birds do because of God's design, they find their way. Damon read about the way the birds find their way.
Our project for our topic on castles this week, was to create one out of cardboard.

Adele also had the task of designing a castle and labeling it. She also had to create a floor plan including the workers.

Josef drew his own castle.

Of course there is always the reading, writing and arithmetic!

Adele has been enjoying reading a Christian chapter book called Mandie by Lois Gladys Leppard.

Damon, along with his normal books on the countries of the world, airlines and atlases, Damon, has much to his surprise, been enjoying Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder. His focus book for LLATL. We ended up changing his Language Arts because he needed something a bit different.

Avril has been practising her writing skills with LLATL blue.

We have also read 'Goodnight Moon', which Avril used to create her own book, titled, 'Avril says goodnight'

Avril enjoyed listening to Adele read it aloud and check out her illustrations.

Avril also sequenced the story about the grasshopper and ant.

In maths Avril is practising addition.

Avril has decided to practise her sewing again..i wonder if she will finish it soon :) She is doing a great job.

The kids this week thought it would be fun to create a breakfast cubby, where they hid and had brekkie!

Damon successfully made his second batch of pasta. if you have never tried making this, do, it is so easy and satisfying!

Drying off the leftovers not used at dinner.

We also made butter this week. I had no butter and it was not convenient to go to the shop, so I scooped the cream from my milk and made butter. Again, I could not believe how easy it was to make!! 

During the week we have a group called the well meet here. This group focuses on the spiritual needs of mothers and children under 5 (plus older home schooled kids ;) lol ).We are learning who we are in God. This week we learned that we are unconditionally loved by God. We read a story to the kids and then we do a craft, so they have a reminder of the very important biblical message we discussed.

Here is Adeles' heart, to remind her that God loves her unconditionally!

The mums also have an opportunity to go into more depth about the topic together as the kids are supervised whilst playing. The leader has been using an art approach to explore the topics. It has been great. God is good!

During the week, we were outside playing, when we noticed words appearing in the sky! The kids were so excited as they had never seen a skywriter before. And we were delighted to see the first word was pray!

We were then more excited when we thought that a cross was the next symbol, as it looked perfect!

But it turned out to be a call for prayer, for a baby named Ellis. A very important message, written in the sky for all to see, a call to pray for a little baby.

Pray for little baby Ellis..

Another full week, but I love seeing the progress that my kids make! The character that grows in them through our bible study and focus. The Bible is very powerful!