I'm sure many of you remember the Names of Jesus Garlands I made around Christmas time! I still have mine hanging up - just haven't been able to take it down yet!
But, as Easter was approaching in my mind and planning - I wondered how I could adapt this idea for celebrating the season of Easter as well. I pulled out my Bible and looked for recurring names of Jesus that were sprinkled throughout the passages reminding us of His life, His death and His resurrection.
I finally chose nine words and phrases to use on the circles ~ here they are in order hung (I'll explain why I chose this order in a moment):
* Son of Man
* This is my body...
* Lamb of God
* This is my blood...
* King of the Jews
* ... given for you.
* He is Risen!
The reason I chose this order is I wanted to sort of walk through how the events unfolded. First, Jesus rode in on a donkey with waves of palm branches and shouts of "Hosanna!" filling the air. The name Son of Man was used many many times in the passages relating these events.
I wanted the theme of Him giving of Himself for us to be sprinkled throughout - so the phrase, "This is my body, this is my blood, given for you." is spread throughout the whole garland. Lamb of God represents the sacrifice and also the Passover celebration.
Jesus had to be the middle one for the same reason it was the middle one in the Christmas set. He is central to all we are, all we do, everything we celebrate at Easter and Christmas. All of it.
King of the Jews was the sign posted over Him as He hung on the cross for our benefit. And, it was a fitting ending to say, "He is risen!"
There are several of these left in my Rusty Robin shop - but I also wanted to post this here as I thought there may be some of you who'd prefer to make your own. Directions are found here.
I hope something here will inspire you to bring more of Christ into your home during the coming Easter season!