After getting this fantastic idea from my friend Julie, I created our own Count Down to Easter Cross. I love how at Christmas time we prepare our hearts daily for the birth of our Savior with advent readings. I wanted something similar for Easter, the time we celebrate the hope we have in Jesus. My desire to make this was to teach my children (and remind myself) of the Old Testament prophecies regarding the Messiah’s death and resurrection and match them to New Testament scripture showing how Jesus fulfilled these prophecies.
We start with a white cross with the Old Testament references to prophecies. Each day we read one of those scriptures and find the puzzle piece of the fulfillment in New Testament. Below is the chart of scriptures we use.
I love these kids!
|1||Jesus would be betrayed.||Psalm 41:9
|2||Jesus’ price money would be used to buy a potter’s field.||Zechariah 11:12-13||Matthew 27:9-10|
|3||Jesus would be falsely accused.||Psalm 35:11||Mark 14:57-58|
|4||Jesus would be silent before his accusers.||Isaiah 53:7||Mark 15:4-5|
|5||Jesus would be spat upon and struck.||Isaiah 50:6||Matthew 26:67|
|6||Jesus would be hated without cause.||Psalm 35:19
|7||Jesus would be crucified with criminals.||Isaiah 53:12||Matthew 27:38
|8||Jesus would be given vinegar to drink.||Psalm 69:21||Matthew 27:34
|9||Jesus’ hands and feet would be pierced.||Psalm 22:16
|10||Jesus would be mocked and ridiculed.||Psalm 22:7-8||Luke 23:35|
|11||Soldiers would gamble for Jesus’ garments.||Psalm 22:18||Luke 23:34
|12||Jesus’ bones would not be broken.||Exodus 12:46
|13||Jesus would be forsaken by God.||Psalm 22:1||Matthew 27:46|
|14||Jesus would pray for his enemies.||Psalm 109:4||Luke 23:34|
|15||Soldiers would pierce Jesus’ side.||Zechariah 12:10||John 19:34|
|16||Jesus would be buried with the rich.||Isaiah 53:9||Matthew 27:57-60|
|17||Jesus would resurrect from the dead.||Psalm 16:10
|18||Jesus would be a sacrifice for sin.||Isaiah 53:5-12||Romans 5:6-8|