Wednesday, April 23, 2014
An Easter Assembly: Luke 24:5
We're still in the season of Easter, so if you're looking for an Easter school assembly or a children's talk, here's an idea to work from. I had all the items I talked about so the kids could guess and shout out what they expected to find inside.
When you come along to school, what do you being with you? I've got my school bag here. What would you expect to find in it? Homework: books, and such like.
Now inside, I've also got my pencil case. What would you expect to find in it? Pencils and pens and rubbers.
I've also brought along my lunch box. What would you expect to find in it? My lunch! Some sandwiches and an apple.
You expect to find what would normally be in all those different things. Books in a school bag; pencils in a pencil case; sandwiches in a lunch box.
So when the women go to the tomb of Jesus, what do they expect to find inside? They expected to find the body of Jesus. Jesus had been crucified on Good Friday. He was dead. His body was in the tomb, a cave cut out of rock.
But when the women got there, what did they find? Nothing! The body wasn't there. The tomb was empty!
Jesus wasn't in the tomb because Jesus wasn't dead. He's alive! That is the message of Easter. Jesus died, but he didn't stay dead. That's why the angel says, "Why do you seek the living among the dead?" (Luke 24:5)
So even though we can be sad whenever someone we love dies, we know that Jesus will give life to everyone who trusts him.
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