Sunday, 16 April 2017

The Easter Story and the Hope it brings

This year, I had the privilege of sharing the Easter story with the toddlers at Sunday School again. We enacted the last supper and the children learnt that the bread represents Jesus' body and the wine represents his blood. May communion not be just a ritual to the children, but a powerful reminder of what Christ did for us on the cross. 

During the second lesson, the children learnt that Jesus died on the cross for them. I made a crown of thorns using plasticine and toothpicks and cringed as I imagined how much Jesus suffered for us. As I read about how the people called for the well-known prisoner Barabbas to be released instead of innocent Jesus, I balked at the injustice. At the part when the curtain at the temple was torn from top to bottom, I rejoiced in appreciation for we can now be reconciled to God the Father by just believing in Jesus.

The final lesson was about the resurrection. Each child was given an empty Easter egg and told that the egg represents the empty tomb. Jesus is no longer in the tomb as He is alive! We made this craft which I found online:

We have hope as He is alive! Those who loved Jesus wept when they witnessed His suffering, but their sorrow was replaced with hope when Jesus was raised on the third day. Similarly, some circumstances in our lives may bring sadness, but we can have a spirit of rejoicing, just because He lives.

Here are lyrics of a song I used to sing a lot:
Love crucified arose
The risen one in splendour
Jehovah's soul defender
Has won the victory
Love crucified arose
And the grave became a place of hope
The heart that sin and sorrow broke
Is beating once again
I always sing this song with gusto as I am filled with pride of Christ's victory over death and it gives me much hope.

Incidentally, I watched a musical on the life of Joseph with J and An on Good Friday. Joseph was thrown into a pit by his brothers, sold to Egyptian strangers, accused of seducing a woman who in reality seduced him and thrown into prison when he was innocent. Despite upsetting circumstances, Joseph declared that though his brothers meant their heinous act for evil, God meant it for good.

Regardless of what we are experiencing in life right now, may we remember that we have hope in Jesus and that God is in control. Christ is risen, He is risen indeed! Blessed Easter. :)

(I am leading worship this Tuesday and I am feeling conscious of my voice which I think is horrible. Please pray that God's presence will fill the place and may I decrease as He increases. Thank you.)

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