I can’t tell you exactly when Jesus died. But I can tell you this, He didn’t just hang, He died on that rugged cross for your sake and mine. In exchange for our sins, He took your place and mine. Was humiliated, crucified and buried. Yet He rose again just as He had said and gave us access to the throne of grace. Easter reminds us of just that and I am amazed at how good our God is. So as you celebrate easter this season, remember God’s sacrifice and what it means to you and your loved one.
On Sunday, I’ll be hosting an easter story brunch (breakfast + lunch) with my close family and friends. We will take some time to reflect on Christ’s death and resurrection as we communion as one body of Christ. I wanted to share my brunch menu with you guys. Since we will be focusing on Christ, reading through and reflecting on the reality of Christ’s death and resurrection, I wanted to make sure that my menu is stress-free and could be eaten at room temperature.
So if like me you’re hosting a small family gathering for the holidays, I highly recommend you tried my brunch menu. You’ll love it as it can be made beforehand so that you spend more time at the feet of Jesus feeding your spirit as well as your body with really good food.
The Easter Brunch & Story Menu
Plantain Frittata – How to handle betrayal
Before you enjoy the most delicious egg and fried plantain recipes ever, read and reflect on Jesus’s betrayal from Matthew 26:1-30, 47 – 55 and what role Judas played. Try to put yourself in Jesus’ shoes. How would you feel if someone you shared great moments with, someone you trusted betrays you like Judas did Jesus? What will you do, How will you react?.
Simple Avocado Salad – Counting on your own strength
As simple as it sounds, this avocado salad makes for a super satiating entrée. As you devour your salad reflect on how decisions and actions that are based on our strength and might can have a huge impact on our lives. Discuss how Peter, counting on his own strength, failed to acknowledge his belonging to Jesus and the Kingdom of God. What does this passage teach us and how can we avoid making the same mistake today? Continue reading Matthew 26:31-35 and 69 -75.
Classic Cameroonian Jellof – Choosing the perfect will of God
Entering into the main course of the day, I think it will be a great time to discuss the sovereign will of God for our lives. Matthew 26:42 pictures Jesus in an uncomfortable position but He chooses the will of God over His own. Take some time to reflect over this verse with your guests. What stirred Jesus to choose the father’s will over His own. Ask yourself, can you do same today? If not why? How can God help you to choose His perfect will over yours? What will it take?
Tropical fruit smoothie – Remorse and repentance
As you enjoy the taste of the tropics with this tropical fruit smoothie, read Matthew 27: 1 – 10. Put yourself in Judas’s shoes. Talk about how it feels to have betrayed someone you loved. Think about some lessons to learn from Judas’s betrayal and his eventual suicide. If you were Jesus, what will you do if you were betrayed?
Twisted doughnuts – Humiliation, crucifixion, and death
Matthew 27: 11 – 66 describes the humiliation, unjust treatment, death and burial of Jesus. Which verses speak to you most and why? Imagine, you were present when all these events were happening. What will be your reaction? Enjoy a twisted doughnut or two but don’t get it twisted. Christ did this for you and me.
Plantain cake – The joy of Christ’s resurrection.
I reserved the best for last. As you enjoy the sweet mélange of overripe plantain, creme caramel, vanilla and cocoa creme, think about the reason for Christ’s death and joy of His resurrection. What does His resurrection mean to you and your offsprings? How can you enjoy the victory Christ obtained for you? Was His death worth it? Why?
Friends, there’s more to Christ’s death than you can imagine. The impact and advantage for us are huge. We only need to believe in He who died and rose again. As you feed your body, remember that man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from God. Have a wonderful time with Jesus and your guests!
Happy and Christ-filled easter celebration!
Hearts & hugs