Holy Week begins and ends with celebration. From the quiet of death, Jesus powerfully awakened the righteous men and women who were with Him awaiting the arrival of the Messiah. His tomb was forced open by the power of God, He emerged from the tomb, and in the garden He met Mary Magdalene and a number of other women. Later that day, He revealed Himself to His apostles. He had emerged bodily from death more alive than ever. And from here He began to inaugurate the kingdom of heaven into which He would lead all those who had died in faith (1 Corinthians 15:20).
He is risen! God’s plan has been fulfilled and we can rest assured that there is hope and victory in Jesus. He did stay in the grave, but conquered sin and death by rising from the dead to save us! In Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, we see God’s amazing power and love for us and His redemptive plan has been finished. There is nothing left for us to do but accept His gift of grace and salvation to spend eternity in His presence. Celebrate!
The Bible tells us in John 3:16, “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” We all have sin in our lives. Sin is when we do anything our way or make decisions our way instead of God’s way. There is not a single person in the history of the world, except Jesus, that has ever lived a perfect life, free of sin. We all sin and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
Read aloud Luke 24:1-9 with your family
Activity #1: Eat the resurrection rolls (if you made them) and enjoy the surprise inside! On Saturday, the marshmallow was in the middle of the roll, but now, it is gone! This is a good representation for your children (and adults!) to see that Jesus body was put in the tomb, but that after three days, Jesus rose from the grave and the tomb was empty!
Activity #2: For this activity, you will need cupcakes (or brownies, or anything else!) and a trick re-lighting candle. Light the candle and talk about how Jesus came to be the light of the world. On Friday and Saturday, it looked like the light had been blown out because Jesus had been crucified and buried. Blow out the candle and wait in silence while the flame is gone. When the flame comes back, celebrate! Point out that nothing can ever snuff out Jesus, the light of the world.
Prayer: As a family, spend some time praying and thanking God for sending His one and only son to die on the cross for our sins. Thank Him for making a way for us to be with Him forever in heaven. We need to celebrate the fact that Jesus was dead and buried, and that He rose again victorious from the grave! That makes everything worth while!
Remember to color the Easter Sunday circle to attach to your Palm Branch -Holy Week Mobile.
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