Easter 2019

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"How would you tell the Easter story?"

Hello.

On Easter Sunday, little David listened as his Sunday school teacher told the class that the lesson would be about the meaning of Easter. “Can anyone tell the Easter story?” she asked. When no one volunteered to speak she called on Jack. “I don’t think I know,” he said. The teacher told him that was okay and moved on to Betty. “I don’t know how to tell it,” she responded.

Finally, little David decided to raise his hand, he said he would tell the Easter story. The teacher was pleasantly surprised at his willingness, since he was usually the class clown. “On Easter,” he said, “Jesus and his disciples were eating the Passover at the last supper but later Jesus was deceived and turned over to the Romans by one of his disciples. He was accused of teaching he was the Messiah and when he confessed it, the Romans made him wear a crown of thorns, took him to be crucified, and hung him on a cross with nails through his hands and feet. He said “It is finished” which means debt paid in full and died. He was definitely dead because the water separated from his blood when they stabbed his side. So they buried him in a nearby cave on Friday which was sealed off by a large boulder.”

“Very good David,” the teacher gasped excitedly. “And what else happened that we celebrate at Easter? David thought for a moment before continuing. “Now, on Easter Sunday each year we move the boulder aside so that Jesus can come out, and if he sees his shadow, then we know there will be six more weeks of winter.”

How would you tell the Easter story? The resurrection of Jesus is the centrepiece of faith. There are people who believe that Jesus was real and that he died on the cross, but who have a hard time believing in the resurrection. The Apostle Paul clearly teaches that without a risen Jesus we have no good news and no hope at all, that indeed, faith is pointless. But because he was raised from the dead, we will also be raised to eternal life. (1 Corinthians 15:13-14) Now that is good news!

With every blessing,
Garry.
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