Christ has risen! He is alive! Christ has defeated the powers of sin and death and we no longer have anything to fear. This morning it is time to celebrate!
Scripture this week: Mark 16:1-8
"“You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene,who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here.”
This morning's story began with confusion: the stone was moved and the tomb was empty. Disciples arrived, then angels, and finally, Jesus himself. Out of confusion, hope emerged, and Mary Magdalene became the first to proclaim the good news that Jesus has risen from the dead!
The ending of the Easter story is Mary Magdalene running to tell the disciples, "I have seen the Lord!" This is what we are called to do as Christians - proclaim the good news. That's the mission of our church bodies: no matter how fancy the words in our mission statement, we are called to proclaim the good news that love and grace always win. God is always at work. In this story, kids learn that hate never wins. Death and destruction never are the last word. Love, hope, and joy finish out the story. Always.
Next Steps for Parents: Read the Easter story at dinner tonight and commit to including scripture and prayer in your Easter celebrations and traditions. It's important that kids associate the true story of Christ's resurrection with the Easter holiday. Don't throw away the chocolate eggs - just remember to make Jesus the focus for the day.