Early in the month of March, we began preparing our hearts & the hearts of our children for the Passover/Easter Season by sharing specially selected Bible stories & books together as a family.  We’ve done several really wonderful hands-on activities, and as always, shared many informal conversations together…all of this building, building, building up to this week, where (just last night) we celebrated our first ever whole-family Christian Passover Seder, and this weekend, as we prepare for our Resurrection Day / Easter Sunday Celebration.
What a month it’s been!

One thing I’ve noticed that sort of happens as we instruct the children at home in the Word, is that very often we end up doing some sort of craft or activity or art project as a way to creatively express the biblical truth we are digesting together.  It’s not like we even always plan it…one day it just begins, and then we just go with it.
Well, this month was no different as we created these two portraits of Christ–The Lion of Judah and the Lamb of God.  I was inspired by Gail Bartel’s March Lion tutorial from her blog, That Artist Woman, and as soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to recreate it with my kids.
What I loved about it was that this wasn’t just your usual cutesy spring art project (which we’ve done before, we’ll do again and there is nothing wrong with).  But when presented with the Word of truth, this became art that was truly meaningful and spiritually rich, and as I worked~mostly side by side with my daughter, we shared a good bit of precious conversation about our Jesus over these two pieces.

{Towards the end of the post, I’ll show you the modified version that we did with the littler ones (ages 3 and almost 5).}

You know it’s said that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, but regardless of whether or not the weather agrees from year to year, there is still deep significance to be found in this aphorism, which actually borrows its Lion and Lamb imagery right from scripture.
Jesus, we could say, in His first coming, went “out like a Lamb.”

He who walked meekly among us, allowed himself to be led “as a sheep to the slaughter–” and humbling himself unto death, He offered His life as a sacrifice for the sins of the world.

But in His second coming, we will  see our Lord return (“come in”) like a roaring Lion, victorious King of old, mighty to save his people, to avenge, judge and conquer.
So as we got going, I pulled up that old (but never old) Crystal Lewis song, Lion and the Lamb, and I tell you, we worshiped from our hearts as we painted, colored, cut and glued to create these pieces.

I hope you appreciate them as we do.

{and why not have a listen to the music while you view the pictures?}

Jesus ~ Lion of Judah

Who is He? Who’s the mightiest of all
Who is He? Creation trembles at His call
Who is He? With the power none can tame
Who is He? That every foe would fear His name
Who is He? With the eyes that burn like fire
Who is He? Oh the wonder He inspires
Who is He?
His name is Jesus.

“Weep no more; Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered!
Revelation 5:5


 Jesus ~ Lamb of God

Who is He? The lowly sacrifice
Who paid a victims price
Who is He?
Who was humbly led away
 to suffer that dark day
Who is He?
Who bore the guilt and shame
For those who’ve gone astray
His name is Jesus.

Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world!”  
John 1:29 

From the Father’s own right hand

Jesus…Son of God and son of man

Jesus…Who died and rose again

Jesus…He’s the Lion and the Lamb.

He’s the Lamb that was slain
He’s the Lion that reigns
My Savior and King both the same

And for the littler ones–
consider doing some art that is simpler for their clumsy hands, but that teaches the same profound truth to their tender hearts?

And you DID click to listen to the song, right?

Happy Easter Weekend, dear friends!