Ash Wednesday!

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten season.  Lent lasts for 46 days, ending on Holy Saturday, the 26th of March. The six Sundays in Lent are not counted among the forty days of lent because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter”, a celebration of Jesus’ victory over sin and death.

This 40-day period reflects the suffering endured by Jesus when he fasted in the wilderness of the desert before beginning his ministry.

During his time in the desert he was tempted three times by Satan, and each time he overcame the temptation.

When he was then crucified, his disciples fasted, giving us the final fasting period of Lent during Holy Week.

For this reason, Christians tend to fast during Lent and on specific days in the Lenten calendar.

To learn more about Lent and the Passover, we have some excellent resources you can share with your children:

Celebrating Jesus in the Biblical Feasts:

Weaving the Scarlet Thread From the Feasts of Israel to Jesus! This intriguing and biblically sound book clearly shows the significance of each Feast of the Lord—and how they all point to Jesus. Dr. Richard Booker depicts the unity found in God’s unfolding purposes for His people, be they Jew or Gentile, from the new birth found in Passover and the Crucifixion, all the way to entering God’s rest found in the Feast of Tabernacles and the Second Coming. The Always-Present One said to Moses, “Tell the people of Israel: ‘You will announce the Always-Present One’s appointed feasts (festivals) as holy gatherings. These {are} My special feasts (Leviticus 23:1-2 PEB). The Feasts of the Lord given originally to Israel are pictures of the Messiah, and represent seven phases of spiritual growth in the life of believers: • Passover. • Unleavened Bread. • First Fruits. • Pentecost. • Trumpets. • Atonement. • Tabernacles. Welcome the relevance and richness of celebrating the feasts today!

Walk with Y’shua through the Jewish Year

Holiday comes from the words Holy Day — which always means something we want to remember and commemorate in a special way. Jesus did! When Jesus (Y’shua) was growing up in Nazareth, the cycle of Jewish holidays provided natural opportunities to grow in wisdom and stature in favor with God and man (Luke 2:52). Knowing and following the same cycle that He did will give our children, grandchildren and kids of all ages the opportunity to likewise grow. Your family will be blessed and enriched! This is a great resource for all those who love to learn and to teach. Fifteen Jewish holidays are explained with illustrations and examples, and a special place to record your family’s celebration experience and create a living heirloom. From the staff of Jews for Jesus to you.

A Picture Book of Passover

Describes the events which led to the liberation of the children of Israel from slavery in Egypt, and explains some of the Passover traditions and customs.

All About Passover

Retells the story of the Passover and the Israelites’ flight from Egypt explaining the traditions of the Passover Seder, and includes recipes of the various foods eaten during the celebration.

Amon’s Adventure

Amon, the thirteen-year-old son of Jotham and Tabitha, willingly gives up his childhood ways to save his father after Jotham is accused of a terrible crime, and his search for justice leads him to Jerusalem where he witnesses the events of the final days in the life of Jesus. Includes short devotions.

All of these resources are available in the the L4U library. Log in to L4U

 

 

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