Sunday, March 31, 2013

He Is Risen!

They brought the donkey to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it.
"As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road. The whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: 
"Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!" 
"Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"
"Hosanna!"
 (taken from Luke 19:35-40 and John 12:12-15)
Later the angry assembly rose and led Jesus off to Pilate. And they began to accuse him, saying, “We have found this man subverting our nation. He claims to be Messiah, a king." 
They kept shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” For the third time Pilate spoke to them: “Why? What crime has this man committed? I have found in him no grounds for the death penalty. Therefore I will have him punished and then release him.” But with loud shouts they insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their shouts prevailed. So Pilate decided to grant their demand and surrendered Jesus to their will.
 (taken from Luke 23:1-24)
 Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (or Golgotha). There they crucified him. Then said Jesus, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. Then Jesus died."
Then they took the body and lay him in a tomb made of stone where no man had ever laid.
 (taken from John 19:17-18 and Luke 23:34-53)
  Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the tomb, bringing the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. An angel stood by and asked,"Why seek the living among the dead, He is not here, but is risen!"
(taken from Luke 24:1-6)
But God demonstrated His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
Romans 5:8-10


These are the characters Liv and I used this week when talking about the real meaning of Easter. Then I got to use them in my Bible class on Sunday morning. 
Jesus' death can be a tender subject for kids, but use appropriate language and don't shy away from it, because His resurrection and the hope we have in Him is the greatest story ever told! 
When you make the Bible come to life for kids, they might have some serious questions (Liv sure did!) but this is what helps them grow and you to grow too!
And there's nothing better than a 3 year old running around the house yelling "HOSANNA!" all week long!

4 comments:

Michelle said...

Our kid's Jesus Calling book was right at Good Friday and Easter Sunday last week. Cooper had so many questions, about the cross, about going to Heaven (he told me last night he wasn't scared to go there anymore) it was a little tough for a few days. But I'm glad he wants to know.

Anonymous said...

AMEN AMEN AMEN to this blog! Love ya Mom aka Gma

Jennifer said...

I love it!

Shawn and Becky said...

Awesome!

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