Easter Activity: Day 12 (Easter Sunday)

HE IS RISEN!! HE IS RISEN INDEED!!

Supplies: Egg #12 – EMPTY!

Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying.”  Matthew 28:5-6
 
The women were coming back to apply spices to the lifeless body of their beloved teacher.  What they found wasn’t encouraging to them at first because they had forgotten the promise that Jesus had made to them that on the third day he would rise again.  How could they forget? How many times do we forget our Lord’s promises to us in just the span of one day? When God asks us to wait on Him for things that we have been praying for what seems like an eternity, how often do we let our minds wander to questions that start with things like, “If He really loved me,” “Doesn’t He see me?” or “Why have you forgotten about me?”
 
If we allow ourselves to go to the foot of the cross and mourn the death of Jesus remembering that we were the ones that belonged there on the cross, we then can rejoice because we he has beaten death.  We have nothing to fear. The command, “Don’t be afraid,” is not a suggestion. He is here with us in the form of His Holy Spirit, which was a promise made to the disciples and to us as well. He has given and will continue to equip us with all we need to fight our battles on this earth, but it requires action on our part.  We are to daily put on our armor (Ephesians 6) and trust that he is who he says he is and will do what he has said he will do. Any other voices that (like the questions above) are suggestions from Satan himself. He is the father of lies and will stop at nothing to make you second guess the love of our Father.
 
Make no mistake, God will never accomplish his will by doing things in the way that you think he will – the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus is the most amazing reminder of that.
 
The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. As the Scriptures say, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.” So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish. Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe. It is foolish to the Jews, who ask for signs from heaven. And it is foolish to the Greeks, who seek human wisdom. So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense. But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength. Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God. God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin. Therefore, as the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord.”  I Corinthians 1:18-31
 
We have so much to boast about when it comes to what the Lord has done!  He is risen – make no mistake – He is coming again and we have much to do, dear friends. The last song in the list below is Matt Maher’s new one and I love the chorus.  In this strange time we are in right now, it is so important to remember these things.
 

Joy still comes in the morning

Hope still walks with the hurting

If you’re still alive and breathing

Praise the Lord

Don’t stop dancing and dreaming

There’s still Good News worth repeating

So lift your head and keep singing

Praise the Lord
 
The Good News is the same this morning as it was the morning that he was no longer in the tomb.  We still have access to Jesus and the power that brought him out of the grave. It’s in me and it’s in you, if Jesus lives inside you.  His promises ring true every time and because of it, we have nothing to fear. Be blessed by the life of Jesus and use it as an example of how to bless others.  HE IS RISEN!
 
Reflection Think about how the resurrection affects your everyday thinking.  Does it shape the way you respond to others, to fears, to road blocks, to times you have been asked to wait? When you look at others, do you see Jesus in them or is your go-to to find fault? Since we are spending so much time with our families these days, can you list three ways that each person in your family displays the qualities of Jesus?
 
 
 
 
 
“Alive and Breathing”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYUJjsgd96k
 

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