The Story of the Easter Robin

For school Julianne has memorized 1 John 3:16 which states: "This is how we know what love is, Jesus Christ laid down His life for us." This verse and others have been going through my mind today as I've thought about why we celebrate Good Friday. The words in the song "The Power of the Cross" by Keith and Kristen Getty sum up Good Friday: "This the power of the cross: Christ became sin for us. Took the blame. Bore the wrath. We stand forgiven at the cross." The only reason I can stand before God is because of the righteous blood of Jesus Christ. I am so thankful that He chose to rescue me out of a life of sin and death!

The past couple weeks during our school time, we have been focused on the days leading up to Jesus death, His death on the cross, and His resurrection. One book that we read was "The Story of the Easter Robin", which was given to the girls by my sweet Uncle and Aunt (Thank you Uncle Steve and Aunt Shelley!). The book is about a little girl and her Grandma who make Oschter Foggel (Easter birds), which is an old Pennsylvania Dutch tradition. While they make these birds the grandmother tells her granddaughter the story of the Easter Robin.

The story goes like this: One day a robin saw a man wearing a crown of thorns carrying a cross. The Robin knew this man was his creator and tried to pull the crown of thorns off His head. The robin was able to pull one thorn out and a drop of Jesus blood fell onto the robin's breast. Today when we see the robin's red breast we can remember Christ's sacrifice.

Julianne and I decided to make our own Easter birds. I thought they turned out pretty well and they were a lot of fun to make.