Jesus Is Alive!
15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). (John 20:15-16)
There’s something special and exciting when you hunt for Easter Eggs! We love watching you look in obvious places and seeing you search under the couch, behind the door, or inside a drawer. It is so fun to watch you discover something that you knew was hidden … or watch you try to understand where the missing eggs are when you know they are somewhere close by. What’s it like to find one of the eggs? What is it like when you can’t find the egg? What’s it like when somebody gives you a hint of its where its hidden or helps you find it?
After Jesus was killed on the cross by His enemies, some of his relatives and friends went to cave where He was buried. They realized that the large rock covering His grave had been moved and He was not in the grave. They didn’t know where He had gone. Where do you think He was? How would you feel if you couldn’t find Him?
I know it’s hard to believe, but He was alive, and then He was killed, and then He was alive again. His body wasn’t missing or stolen. He was alive, again! That’s why we celebrate Easter. Someday this will make more sense, but that’s why we sing happy songs and are excited on Easter! Jesus is alive!
I love to hear my two grandchildren play together. They are ages 9 and 4. It’s so cute to hear Kaylee say to her older brother Preston, “Hey Bubba! Help me know how to do this.” The story gets even better when he says, “Hey KayKay. Come over here and let me show you.” Their eyes dance with curiosity and their voices bounce with wonderment. You have your own version of being proud and connected to your grandchildren, children, nieces or nephews, or kids of family friends.
Read John 20 with your children. For now, remind children that we are happy that Jesus was alive
and that His family and friends saw and talked to Him. They were so excited and happy and we can be, too.
Help children enjoy Easter without having to explain the hard-to-understand details of the Resurrection story that you have figured out as an adult and the joyful promise it holds for us. We know that “God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
Writer: Tony Rankin
Tony and Amber Rankin have three married children and two grandchildren. Tony is a clinical therapist with a private practice. He is also Minister of Pastoral Care at Nashville First Baptist.