There’s a reason people who never darken the doors of a church find themselves in a service on Christmas and Easter. They’re the biggest highlights of the Christian year! On Christmas we celebrate Jesus coming to earth to live among us. On Easter we celebrate the fulfillment of all the prophecies, the victory over sin and death, and the face that Jesus, indeed, HAD RISEN!
And yet, somehow, Christmas gets a lot more hype than Easter – maybe the presents and food are better.
We realized, in the Munger Kids ministry, we too were guilty of not putting enough emphasis on Easter. I can make a thousand excuses of why, but we decided to fix that this year. As you’ve heard, we’ve focused on the events of Holy Week and this week for the elementary kids and next week for the PreK kids, we’re focusing on what Easter is and why it matters. The hope is that this year the kids will know why our Easter in the park is such a huge celebration.
So today we hit two major points:
- Good Friday was truly a hopeless situation.
- When Jesus’ followers checked the tomb, it was empty because Jesus had risen and conquered sin and death!
I think we can all relate to feeling hopeless at some point. There are situations in life where there seems to be no hope of resolution or rescue. What Easter tells us is there is always hope. Whether in this life or the next, there is always hope. Jesus guarantees us hope in his resurrection.
He is risen! Alleluia! He is risen! Alleluia! He is risen! Alleluia!