Cross Wall Art --
of Christ From
the Stable, to the Grave,
to the Resurrected LORD!
information is an adaptation of ideas I found here at SundaySchoolNetwork.Com.
We began with a wall mural in December that is condensed into the
Nativity Scene, below. In late January we created our "Old Rugged
Cross" and then adapted the "Colors
of Christ" Cross Necklace and Poem into seven individual
crosses (also described below).
Last week (1 week
before Palm Sunday) we added our "Tomb" and on Easter
morning the children will arrive at the doorway, which is covered in gold paper
with big black letters stating:
"Why do you seek
the living among the dead?" (Luke 24:5b)
and "He is not here; for he has risen, as he said." (Matthew
The last cross in this
series is SundaySchoolNetwork.com's Missions Cross (to be completed in April). We
plan to create this cross in felt and hang it in a prominent place as
a reminder to all of us that we need to TELL THE WORLD WHAT HE HAS
Also, as a celebration
of completing our study, the children will perform during a service.
They will sing "Jesus, Thank you for the Cross," from Family
Worship, a song we've been learning as part of our study, and
they will talk about each cross as pictures
are displayed overhead.
This ongoing project
has blessed all of us at Living Faith Community Church where I am
fortunate to attend and to share God's love with our children. I hope
this will give you ideas to implement with your students!
This scene is condensed
from our study that took place from mid-November, through Advent and
* Prophesies in Isaiah that the Messiah was coming
* Appearances by Angels to Mary and Joseph
* The birth in a stable
* Angels appearing to the Shepherds tending their flocks
* Wise men bringing gifts of frankincense, gold and myrrh.
We also remember
that without Christ’s death on a Cross and His resurrection on
Easter Sunday, we would not have as much reason to celebrate Christmas
– Jesus truly is the reason
for the season!
RUGGED Cross (Large Brown Cross)
cross is the symbol of the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus paid for the
sins of the world.
The brown cross was
created in the first 2 weeks of our study and shows what we knew about
Jesus in late January when we began our Journey from the Stable
through the colors of Christ as depicted on the Cross to the
This was the
introduction to our study of the "colors" of Christ
represented in the picture.
Cross (Christ's Blood Shed for US)
blood shed for you and me.
“But God demonstrates
his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died
for us...we have been justified by his blood...” (Romans 5:8-9)
The great news is that
God loves you and me and sent his perfect SON, Jesus, to be punished
in our place.
When Jesus died on the
cross, he took the punishment that we deserved. (2 Peter 2:21-25.)
Cross (Water/Spirit Baptism)
“...one Lord, one
faith, one baptism.” We are baptized with water to identify
ourselves with Jesus. (Ephesians 4:5)
The Holy Spirit
baptizes those who trust in Jesus and takes up residence in the
believer’s heart. If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he
does not belong to Christ. (Romans 8:9)
PURPLE Cross (Royalty and Repentance/Remorse)
This Cross stands for
the crowns we'll wear! (2 Timothy 4:8)
When you believe in
Jesus, you are part of God's royal family. We are a royal priesthood.
He has promised his children a crown and a special room in his mansion
in Heaven for eternity! (1 Peter 2:9-10, 2 Timothy 4:8, John
The GOLD Cross (Eternal Life)
Represents eternal life with Jesus in Heaven. It
also represents God's perfect light (Matthew 5:48, Revelation
God is perfect and holy. Sin cannot be with God (Revelation 4:8b)
"For God so loved the world that he gave
his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish
but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
Gold represents value and worth. The
resurrection of Jesus Christ is the event that gives our lives meaning
and worth. He is worthy of our praise as we adorn his altar with the
color of splendor.
The GREEN Cross (Christian Growth)
growth in our faith.
“And we pray this in order that you may live a
life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit
in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God...” (Colossians
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light
for my path.” (Psalms 119:105)
The BLACK Cross (Our SINS)
Reminds us of our sin which separates us from
God and dooms us to eternal darkness.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the
glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called
“uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the
circumcision” … remember that at that time you were separate from
Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the
covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought
near through the blood of Christ. (Ephesians 2:11-13)
We have a huge problem! The Bible tells us that
we do wrong things, we sin. It is impossible for us to be perfect!
The Bible also tells us that our sins must be
punished, and that blood must be shed to cover our sins. (Hebrews
The WHITE Cross (Prayer of Repentance For Cleansing)
the cleansing that occurs when a sinner repents and turns to God.
“Have mercy on me, Oh God, according to your
unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my
transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my
sin.” (Psalm 51:1-2)
Only Jesus' perfect blood can make us clean. (Hebrews
White is the color of purity and completeness.
It assists in bearing the message that "though your sins be as
scarlet, they shall be white as snow." Christ's triumph from the
grave on Resurrection day is the cause for our rejoicing. His purity
before his Father becomes our purity.
The Empty Tomb He is not here; for he has risen! (Matthew 28:6a)
there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been
raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless
and so is your faith...For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has
not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith
is futile; you are still in your sins...If only for this life we have
hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men...But Christ has
indeed been raised from the dead...For since death came through a man,
the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam
all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. (1 Corinthians
As important as it is that Jesus died on a cross
to save us from our sins, the empty tomb is greater yet because Jesus
overcame death! He has risen! ALLELUIA!
The Missions CROSS (We are called to spread the good news!)
The crown with the three circles depicts the
royal throne of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The earth, God's
footstool, is pictured below the Heavens. The 'cross/ladder' is our only way to reach heaven.
Apart from the work of Christ on the cross, we
would be unable to reach God on our own efforts. (Psalm 105:1-2)
This is the last cross in our study (to be
completed after Easter).
It reminds us to "make known among the
nations what He has done." Christ has RISEN from the tomb, he has
overcome our SINS and made a path to HEAVEN for all who call on his
name -- MAKE KNOWN TO YOUR WORLD the good news of Jesus Christ!
thankfulness for SSTN!
Lynette Tillner, Club JAM Teacher firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Church, Modesto, California