My kids know about the "Easter Bunny". They know about egg hunting and chocolate bunnies. The know how to dye eggs. What they are learning is about the real reason we celebrate Easter. Jon Kent is very good about remembering and understanding, especially at his age. Jon Kent and Zoey both will out of the blue recall a Bible story they have heard. And usually all the details are right. So I have been talking with the kids about the real reason we celebrate Easter. We celebrate it because Jesus died on the cross for my sins, their sins, every one's sins. Tonight, just to see if they still knew, I asked them why we celebrate Easter. And without missing a beat Jon Kent told me it was because Jesus died on the cross. I asked him why and he said so we could go to heaven. To say I was proud would be an understatement. And it's not one of those, look what my kid knows, type proud. But just that he is getting it.. that the foundation is being laid. So with that, Happy Easter to everyone. I pray you each know the real meaning of Easter. If not, keeping reading.
1. The Resurrection
1After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
2There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
5The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you."
8So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."
The Guards' Report
11While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. 12When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, 13telling them, "You are to say, 'His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.' 14If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble." 15So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.
The Great Commission
16Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."