Sunday, 8 December 2013

A Gift

A Gift

A great gift was given to mankind
Planned before time began,
prophesied about centuries before, by many
a baby born of a virgin, in a manger, in Bethlehem
God's sovereignty shown in great detail

Wise men studying stars
traveled west to worship
the Bright morning Star born in human flesh

Shepherds in the fields with flock
received a message from angels
An angelic choir in the night skies sang
 "Glory to God in the Highest"
They ran to meet the Great Shepherd of the World

He gave us a gift
He opened our eyes to see our sinful state
A Sacrifice He paid
so that we can be cleansed
to stand forever blameless before Him

A gift of faith He gave
Faith to believe in His amazing grace
We can have peace, shalom
which surpasses all our understanding
We can stand before His throne
Forgiven and free

A gift He gave - Himself as a ransom
so that myriads of people from all
languages, tribes, peoples, nations
can stand together as one
and worship Him as their
Creator, Saviour, King, Teacher

A gift He requires of us
A life being lived
that will glorify His Name
His peace He gives to those
with whom He is pleased.




Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Africanised version of "On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me"


On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
a Guinea fowl in a flowering Knob thorn Tree


On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
2 Paradise Flycatchers dancing in the wind
and a Guinea fowl in a flowering Knob thorn Tree


On the third day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
3 braais under the starry African skies
2 Paradise Fly catchers dancing in the wind
and a Guinea fowl in a flowering Knob thorn Tree


On the fourth day of Christmas 
my true love sent to me:
4 Calling Fish eagles
3 braais under the starry African skies
2 Paradise Fly catchers dancing in the wind
and a Guinea fowl in a flowering Knob thorn Tree

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
5 Golden lions roaring 
4 Calling Fish eagles
3 braais under the starry African skies
2 Paradise Fly catchers dancing in the wind
and a Guinea fowl in a flowering Knob thorn Tree










On the sixth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
6 Woodland Kingfishers chirping
5 Golden Lions roaring
4 Calling Fish eagles
3 braais under the starry African skies
2 Paradise Fly catchers dancing in the wind

and a Guinea fowl in a flowering Knob thorn Tree


On the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
7 Elephants trumpeting underneath magnificent baobab trees
6 Woodland Kingfishers chirping
5 Golden Lions roaring
4 Calling Fish eagles
3 braais under the starry African skies
2 Paradise Fly catchers dancing in the wind
and a Guinea fowl in a flowering Knob thorn Tree














On the eight day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
8 Pride of de Kaap so fiery
7 Elephants trumpeting underneath magnificent baobab trees
6 Woodland Kingfishers chirping
5 Golden Lions roaring 
4 Calling Fish eagles
3 braais under the starry African skies
2 Paradise Fly catchers dancing in the wind

and a Guinea fowl in a flowering Knob thorn Tree


On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
9 Zulus Dancing
8 Pride of de Kaap so fiery
7 Elephants trumpeting underneath magnificent baobab trees
6 Woodland Kingfishers chirping
5 Golden Lions roaring 
4 Calling Fish eagles
3 braais under the starry African skies
2 Paradise Fly catchers dancing in the wind

and a Guinea fowl in a flowering Knob thorn Tree


On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
10 Thundershowers and beautiful rainbows
9 Zulus Dancing
8 Pride of de Kaap so fiery
7 Elephants trumpeting underneath magnificent baobab trees
6 Woodland Kingfishers chirping
5 Golden Lions roaring
4 Calling Fish eagles
3 braais under the starry African skies
2 Paradise Fly catchers dancing in the wind

and a Guinea fowl in a flowering Knob thorn Tree


On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
11 Giraffes grazing through the woodlands
10 Thundershowers and beautiful rainbows
9 Zulus Dancing
8 Pride of de Kaap so fiery
7 Elephants trumpeting underneath magnificent baobab trees
6 Woodland Kingfishers chirping
5 Golden Lions roaring
4 Calling Fish eagles
3 braais under the starry African skies
2 Paradise Fly catchers dancing in the wind

and a Guinea fowl in a flowering Knob thorn Tree


On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
12 Spectacular sunsets
11 Giraffes grazing through the woodlands
10 Thundershowers and beautiful rainbows
9 Zulus Dancing
8 Pride of de Kaap so fiery
7 Elephants trumpeting underneath magnificent baobab trees
6 Woodland Kingfishers chirping
5 Golden Lions roaring
4 Calling Fish eagles
3 braais under the starry African skies
2 Paradise Fly catchers dancing in the wind

and a Guinea fowl in a flowering Knob thorn Tree





Friday, 8 November 2013

Shalom Shalom Jerusalem


Shalom shalom Jerusalem
Everyday an attack is launched against you
Everyday war is so near
Everyday a boycott is issued
Everyday rocks hurled at your people
Everyday a lie is told about you
Everyday rockets fired at you
Everyday the fight in all its ways continues

Shalom shalom Jerusalem
Oh city of peace, we pray for you
Oh Israel we pray for you
Everyday your enemies cry “death death to Israel”
We your watchmen will shout louder
Am yisrael chai- May Israel live
We, your gentile brothers and sisters
Will be the watchmen on your walls oh Jerusalem
We will pray for the peace and security in your borders Israel

May the day come soon
When peace be found in you oh city of peace
May the peace come because the Prince of Peace
Have been found and accepted by you, his chosen people
Your await Messiah who has come
Am Yisrael Chai, may you live
With the living water among you
Shalom shalom Jerusalem

May you, His chosen people, be found in Him
When he comes again on this earth
To reign as the Prince of peace

Shalom shalom Jerusalem

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Actions speak louder than words. Does your life reflect God?

I should be the last person to write this, but anyway here i am writing it anyway. Anyways if we wait till we are perfect before we say something whether it on a blog or verbally, no-one would say anything.

It came out in a book I was reading and after that in some sermons and bible studies about ... well to live a life not like the gentiles (non-believers) do. And the message started to burn on my heart, because I see it everywhere, and sadly not the good part of the message.

In the book I read (Walking in the dust of Rabbi Jesus - Lois Tverberg) it came out what it means to blaspheme. It has a lot more to do than to use God's name in a vain sentence, or a cuss word. It should be obvious. There is this very true saying : Actions speak louder than words.

Let me put it this way, and I'm using an example that Lois used in the book here. If a Muslim extreme terrorist shoots however many people dead, whilst shouting Allah Akbar "Allah is great". Is the rest of the world suddenly saying yes Allah is great? In fact our reaction is totally the opposite. We think that Allah is not great. nor is his actions. We don't want anything to do with him.

Our actions give glory to God or they detract glory from God.
How many times have you heard people say "I'm not going to church anymore because those people have hurt me/ they live just like the rest of the world - what's the point/ I don't trust Christians, they are just as crooked as the rest of the world; etc. Sadly I hear this all the time. It hurts me. It hurts God a lot more than we can imagine. Does that glorify God? No, in fact it turns people away from God.

I work in the insurance industry, and you know how many claims do we handle for "Christians" that want to claim for more than what was damaged or stolen, or revamp instead of merely fix etc etc. Churches that have had legit claims, for a small fire in the kitchen but instead of just claiming for the kitchen repairs want to rebuild the whole place??? and another church who had a legitimate claim for storm damage, but instead of only wanting to claim for the repairs to the ceiling and painting of the wall etc, want to replace the whole roof, when there was no damage to the roof??? And you know what, those actions made people to say I don't want to believe in your God, and I don't want anything to do with any church because you (all Christians) are just as crooked - if not more- then the world. "I thought this was an honest person". It hardens peoples' hearts toward God.

As another example, my dear brother in the Lord, Nathan Odede, gave in a message to the youth this example about sports teams. If you were playing for team B but then changed to go play for team A, but then at the match you show up in your old team's jersey what is going to happen? You could get fired from the team. Why then do we as Christians say we are on Team Christ, but live like we are really on Team World and walk around in our Team World jerseys?

Let us then consider how we live and what we do. Yes we all do sin, but we should try to stop our sinning. If you know what you are doing is wrong- don't do it; stop doing it. Ask God for forgiveness for the sin and stop doing it.

If we say God changed our lives but keep on living the same old ways, we are really saying He did not change my life.

No, I haven't referenced scriptures here, because the whole Bible is so full of it. But here is some, a little paraphrased.
"You'll be known by the fruit in your life."
"Do not live like the gentiles (unbelievers) live"
"Live a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called"
"do not become conformed to the world but be transformed by the renewing of your minds"
"consider your ways"
"be Holy (set-apart, different, not like them) as your Father in heaven is Holy"





Thursday, 10 October 2013

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death

As I walk through the valley
And the shadows of death darkens my way
I know You are with me
You hold my hand and
take me through the dark valley

The green grass that You are weaving
Into my life, my character
Will only portray as bright green against black
 In the times when all is well
There is little gratitude for the beautiful green grass

It is in these dark times when we grow
ever so close to You Oh Lord
When you shape us
and deepen our faith in You
Your goodness, kindness, grace, love

And the knowing that You are always with us

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

The Emotion of Love in Christ

There is not a circumstance of our Lord's history 
which is not another form or manifestation of love. 
His incarnation is love stooping. 
His sympathy is love weeping. 
His compassion is love supporting. 
His grace is love acting.
His teaching is the voice of love.
His silence is the repose of love.
His patience is the restraint of love.
His obedience is the labor of love.
His suffering is the travail of love.
His cross is the altar of love.
His death is the burnt offering of love.
His resurrection is the triumph of love.
His ascension into heaven is the enthronement of love.
His sitting down at the right hand of God is the intercession of love.

Such is the deep, the vast, the boundless ocean
of Christ's love!

~ Octavius Winslow "The Emotion of Love in Christ"

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Walking in the dust of Rabbi Jesus. (sort-of a book review)

I've been reading a book "Walking in the dust of Rabbi Jesus" by Lois Tverberg. What an eye-opening mind blowing book. You would say the Bible is supposed to be that book. YES absolutely true! But we read it in a post-modern Western culture context - and totally forget that the Bible is an ancient (yet still very valid for today!) Middle Eastern book. There are 1st century Jewish culture references and idioms used in the Bible which we westerners (and others living in the 21st century) totally look over and don't understand and and and. This book shows some of these things and blows the 2000 years of dust off our minds and open our eyes to see. To make us treasure the Bible as the beautiful, rich, ancient life-changing text that it is.

 If I can give one example... Matthew 22:17b- 22. "Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not? But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, Why put me to the test you hypocrites? Show me a coin for the tax. And they brought him a denarius. And Jesus said to them, Whose likeness and inscription is this? They said "Caesar's". The He said to them "Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's. When they heard it they marveled. And they left him and went away."
                      What do we typically think this passage means? Pay the tax that are due and give something to the church or something along this line. But just think... in Whose image are we made. Gen 1:27 is a clue for you. We are made in the image of God. "Give back to God the things that are God's." We were created by God, made in His image, Saved by His amazing Grace. We should give our lives back to God. No wonder the Pharisees left Him and went away.

A 11th century Rabbi said:
The scriptures are like a letter written by a king to a subject whom he loves. But when it arrives, the words have faded and the writing is unclear. Out of love for the king, knowing he's reading the very words written by the kings hand, the subject is happy to decipher it - in fact, he sees the difficulty of the task as proof of his love, strong enough to be put to the test. (Rabbi Bahya Ibn Pakudah)

God is the King who gave us gentile believers His Book. I think it would do us good to read the book in the context it is written. Not do us good really, it will make us to live the way God intended for us to live.

If you can get this book  Please do! and you can also follow her blog  ourrabbijesus.com  for more great insights which will make you to understand some things better. Of course we cannot know and understand everything there is to know this side of eternity, but there is things to learn and apply in our walk with Jesus.









Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Martha

I'm a Martha
always running around and helping and serving
anxious and troubled about many things
But I find peace in becoming Mary
I find true peace by sitting at the feet
of the Prince of Peace
Martha's of the world,
listen to the call
of the Prince of Peace
"Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy laden
and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you
and learn from me for I am gentle and lowly in heart
and you will find rest for your souls
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. "

Martha's of the world, become Mary's who sit by the feet of our Lord.
the work to be done can wait, the Lord cares about you. 

*Luke 10:38-42
*Matt 11:28-30
*Is 40:31

Monday, 8 July 2013

Outreach to Mashushu




Well, where do I start. One usually start at the beginning. It is just to define the beginning. Well as usual I was preparing myself, like many others, to go on outeach in Mozambique, to “my” village Panhame. Well then… plans had to be changed. Late in January the Limpopo river valley received basically their yearly rainfall in roughly about 4 days time. Remember the floods in January 2000. Yep, the same scenario replayed. (The border is still closed.) Ok , so a new plan had to be made. Samaria Mission identified a couple of villages in the Limpopo province for outreaches. We went to Mashushu. A small village situated in the mountains at the start of the Orrie Baragwanath pass. As you can imagine it is absolutely beautiful. It is just so sad that those who live there, don't see the beauty of it anymore. "Familiarity breeds contempt." And as a brother in the Lord who came with us on team, (who originally came from Zimbabwe) explained that those who are the poorest would usually be the ones who lived the highest up the mountain - so that had to walk furhter and further for water and firewood. In our point of view they would have the best views from up there but they don't see it anymore. In my lesson about creation they were almost laughing at me, when I said look around you and see, Who created these beautiful moutains and the stars in the nightskies. They were probably thinking what beautiful mountains is this paleface talking about?


Psalm 121: I lift up my eyes to the hills, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil; He will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and coming in from this time forth and forevermore.

A Sunset

 We came alongside the local church “Back to Jesus Baptist Church” with Pastor Lazarus Matlala and his wife, Rose. He is a graduate from Christ Seminary. The people in the area has heard a mixture of “gospels” from the ZCC to “give me your salary and then it will all go well with you and you will be wealthy”, and anything in between. Hence the name of the church – the area should turn back to Jesus. 



 
We went on house-house visitations in Mashushu and 3 other villages nearby. I went with Zachariah, Kate, Tracy, Mervyn, and two locals, Lydia a youngster and Noria a gogo. We were visiting in Mashushu. The first day, we visited about 6 homes, of which the last one was the local witchdoctor. The moment we sat down, Zachariah who sat next to me, said we are now at the witchdoctor’s house. I prepared myself to run if something happens or if we get chased away. None of those happened. We could talk to them for a good while. We can only trust God for the seed planted during this week.



The next day we went to several houses again. One of them was Mama Esther. On walking into her yard I said a quick quite prayer “Lord give me words to speak”. It was my turn to share. We all made turns to share and pray with Zachariah interpreting for us. We sat down.  She said that she is a born-again believer. Years ago she got burnt on her legs and it is still painful. Because of the pain in her legs she did not go to church anymore. (it is plus minus 1kms walk to the church from her house in a mountainous area.) I felt peace in my heart to be sharing encouraging words with her, and we prayed for her. We told her about our ministries and evening services that we had on in the afternoons and evenings but that we would understand if she would not come due to the pain in her legs. Well, she showed up the whole week at the ministries and evening services. It was a joy to see her at the ladies meetings, as her face lit up and she listened so attentively with a smile on her face to the teachings. 



On the other two days I went with other teams to the other villages. On Thursday I went with some of the Boksburg family. They went to a drop-in centre and gave Bibles to the ladies running the place as well as some beanies and blankets for the kids.  They then visited a home they visited the previous day. They promised her a bible and took it to her. She was so excited to receive one and read us Psalm 23 in Pedi (Sotho). The previous day they prayed for her, and for some terrible pains she had in her neck. She was overjoyed and excitedly told us that the pains in her neck is gone. We can only praise God and thank Him for taking the pains away! 

The lady with the Bible in her hands, and the orange & beige shawl on her head is the one we visited whose neck pains were healed. Praise God! 


On the Friday, a great deal of our team went to help the church set up things for a conference they had.
We had children’s; youth; and woman’s ministry. The men prepared for their teachings but no men showed up, so they had no men’s ministry. I was involved with the woman’s ministry. We had 9 ladies on our first day. We can pray that  the seed of what we taught them during these 4 days would grow. And that they would read their bibles, especially those whom we gave bibles to. The only lady, Monnya, hugged her bible when we gave it to her.

All in all, the week felt too short. For those who want to know, weatherwise, we had all kinds of weather in the week we were there. The days were mostly hot,  but as soon as the sun disappareared behind the mountain it was cold again. The nights were cold (but thankfully not freezing). On thursday it was quite overcast and cold and friday we had rain! The stars are breathtakingly beautiful and clear. Lots of fellowship times were had by the fireside which was next to the shower (because it's the donkey's fire that makes hot water for the great showers.) We had several donkeys (the animal kind) walking around and whose noise was echoing in the mountains.

This is the view from the church door. The cross some of the guys on team put up for the church, as there was no sign to mark it as a church.



Sunday, 7 July 2013

God makes His dwelling among us



Leviticus 26:11-12 “I will set my tabernacle among you……  v12 I will walk among you and be your God and you shall be my people.“

This was written for the Israelites while they were on their tour of the wilderness. Revelation also speaks about God dwelling among us. The word I’m picking on here now is tabernacle. It means God is pitching his tent among us. He lives next to us, walk among us. There is just something you learn about this, when you live with 30something other people for a week…. In tents. You get to know them on a more personal way. You know what their pyjamas look like, and those who are picky about the food they eat and those who wake up early and those who struggle to get up early. You will wake up grumpy because your brother’s snoring kept you awake. The list can go on and on and on.  God knows even the things about us that those who live close to us don’t know or don’t pick up.  He knows what makes us sad, happy, what we sacrifice and what we could do and blah blah blah. He knows everything. We should continue to pursue to get to know God more personally too. And allow Him to push our personal limits. To go beyond what we say I can do, I’m willing to do, our comfort zones, and do what He asks us to do. Do not only hear what He says to us, but do it. 


Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Home; In sweet memory of Jill Hixon


As I got ready to leave for work
A message came through
that made me stop and think again
So suddenly it happened
A dear friend went home

We are not of this world
This life here is but a moment
Our home is eternity
Yet we live as if this is it
We are so busy with things
That has no value

Lord, thank you for the reminder
That this life is but a moment
And for the comfort that she is
Dancing with You on the streets of Gold
Our home is not in this world


In Sweet memory of Jill Hixon,
my dear friend, dance with joy on the streets of gold with your Lord Jesus. 

(picture credit: Caitlin Holt)

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Talitha cumi

Here I stand
so unclean and full of sin
my head hung with shame
There is a required sacrifice
to make me clean
to forgive my sins
to
to allow me to enter the Holy of holies
Yet I realize that anything I can offer
fall so short
of the set standard

I hear a voice calling my name
Talitha cumi
Come my child, come with Me
with tears streaming down my face
I dare ask, "But Lord....."
How
How can I enter Your holy place
in this filthy state I'm in?"

He then opened my eyes
and helped me to see
that the One who is calling me
is the Lamb sacrificed in my place
and gave me a clean, white pure robe of fine linen

Tears of joy stream down my face
as I accept this wonderful Gift of Grace
The Greatest Gift this world will ever know or receive


Have you answered to His calling your name
Talitha cumi, come I stand at the door and knock
Come my child, come with Me
Come and life





 Go and watch this  music video and worship God for His Great Gift






Sunday, 28 April 2013

Friends


God gave each of us a great blessing
that have more value than anything money can buy
a friend to walk the road with us
some accompany us a short while
and others for a lifetime
to share with us
the goodness of the Lord
to encourage us in His work
and also to show us our sins and wrong decisions
to help us on the right path again
to wipe tears from our face
and to rejoice with us when good news abound
A sweet friend refreshes the soul
Lord, Thank you for blessing me
with sweet, godly, courageous friends
Help me to be the same friend to them as well
Thank you for Your friendship
- The greatest Friendship this world will ever know

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Bzzzzt - World Malaria Day



Bzzzt bzzzt bzzzt
I'm the local mozzie leader of around here
we've been here for years and years
and have death is what plenty fear
some have believed that it was the tree
that caused the death or serious illness of 
their loved ones
if only they knew that it was the tree's residents

bzzzt bzzzt bzzzt
fast forward some years on
and the humans realized it was us
and not the tree green with fever,
they dosed themselves with muti
that left them feel queasy
but still there are others
not able to afford food let alone muti

bzzzt bzzzt bzzzt
others who live here with us
in quite beautiful parts of Africa with me
who can't even afford clothes or food
we don't distinguish who to bite
poor or rich, well fed or malnourished
pink, red, black, purple, yellow or white skin
all human blood to us taste the same
and bite we will, and sick you get
bzzzt bzzzt bzzzt





World Malaria Day is 25 April 



Thursday, 18 April 2013

Rain

It's a terribly hot day
everyone and everything sweltering away
I feel a breeze blowing oh so softly
hearing a shot rumble somewhere
white flashes across a darkening sky
a drop of water
and happiness pulse through the flowers
the clean smell of new life
fill the air
together with a colourful ray of hope


(written October 2010)

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Let us Remember


A cure for cancer found
Or perhaps some other dreaded disease
The solution for the world’s financial woes
Maybe this does not affect you
And it’s the sweet dear friend you never met
Or the great book written
Yet all of this and perhaps even more
Is not to be found on earth
Because a great evil prevailed on earth
People were living their normal lives
Yet their neighbour next door could not
They were killed one by one simply because
They were Jewish
or perhaps it was a Righteous Gentile who cared
and tried to do what they could to spare some
Millions were killed from this earth
In all horrible ways
What should we do today so many years on?
We could but remember
And keep alert of the evil around us
To perhaps prevent a new holocaust from occurring
In front of our very own eyes.

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Resurrection Cookies

I got this recipe from my friend Belinda Buckland some years ago.


Resurrection Cookies

1 cup pecans (halves or whole)
3 egg whites
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vinegar
pinch of salt
wooden spoon
Ziploc bag
Bible
Tape (Packing tape works best)

 1. Preheat oven to 375°Fahrenheit / 180°Celsius.  Place pecans in Ziploc bag and let children beat them with the wooden spoon until broken into small pieces. Read John 19:1-3 and remind them that after Jesus was arrested, He was beaten by the Roman soldiers.

 2. Let each child smell (or taste) the vinegar. Pour 1 tsp into the mixing bowl. Read John 19:28-30 and explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink.

 3. Add the egg whites to the vinegar. Eggs represent life. Read John 10:10-11 Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life.

 4. Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it, then brush it into the bowl. Read Luke 23:27. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed Jesus' followers as well as the bitterness of our own sin.

 5. Add 1 cup sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because of His great love for us. He wants us to know and belong to Him. Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16

 6. Beat with mixer on high for 12-15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3. Explain that the color white represents the purity of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus.

 7. Fold in the broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto a cookie sheet covered with waxed paper (or parchment). Read Matt. 27:57-60. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid.

 8. Place the cookie sheet into the preheated oven. Close the door and turn the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape to seal the oven door. Read Matt 27:65-66. Explained that Jesus' tomb was sealed.

 9. Go to bed. Read John 16:20 and 22. Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus' followers were very sad when the tomb was sealed.

 10. On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are empty!! On the first Easter Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matt 28:1-9. HE HAS RISEN!!!