CALL TO WORSHIP:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,” 1 Pet. 1:3

SONGS:

Cornerstone - Hillsong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thkOfrd0ODw

Christ alone; cornerstone

Weak made strong; in the Saviour’s love

Through the storm, He is Lord

Lord of all

You are My King - Billy Foote: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeVPJ70QB_0

Amazing love, how can it be?

That you, my king. would die for me

Amazing love, I know it’s true

It's my joy to honor you

Amazing love how can it be?

That my king would die for me

Amazing love I know it’s true

It's my joy to honor you

In all I do

I honor you

How great is our God - Chris Tomlin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpIcqoKOz2M

How great is our God

Sing with me

How great is our God

And all will see how great

How great is our God

You are the Name Above All Names

You are worthy of all praise

And my heart will sing how great is our God!


STUDY:

Before you read the story below, read these bullet points to help set it in context:

  • Jesus had dinner with his disciples (his best friends) and told them all that would happen over the next three days.

  • He told them they would reject him, even though they argued with him, “We will never do that!”

  • When the pressure got great, they did deny they knew him, and Jesus was taken into custody by the religious leaders of the day who accused him of being a false prophet claiming to be the Messiah.

  • Jesus endured a hurried trial, was falsely accused as an innocent man, was tried as a criminal and sentenced to death by crucifixion.

  • Jesus was beaten beyond recognition by Roman authorities, and through it all, he did not utter a word. The Bible tells us he did this out of love for God’s creation - for us. He became as a Lamb in the Old Testament sacrificial system - a sacrificed lamb that would represent a “stand in” for humanity’s sin. Jesus became that Lamb giving his life to show all people for all time that God would give himself as a sacrifice to show how much his love is greater than our sin.

  • Jesus’ death is God saying - "THIS IS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU! I will take your sin and shame myself! You don’t have to carry it anymore!”

  • Jesus died, naked and alone.

  • A rich man who honored Jesus claimed his body and had Jesus buried in a proper tomb.

  • A huge boulder was placed over the entrance to the tomb and was sealed with wax.

  • Here where we are joining the story - it is days later, on the third day, and Jesus’ disciples are discovering the tomb where they laid Jesus is now empty, in fact, Jesus has appeared to some as confirmation that he was indeed alive again.

This is one of those moments….


In a small group - read this passage twice and then discuss the questions provided:


You’re the Witnesses - Luke 24: 44-53 (Message Translation)

Jesus told these disciples...“Everything I told you while I was with you comes to this: All the things written about me in the Law of Moses, in the Prophets, and in the Psalms have to be fulfilled.” He went on to open their understanding of all the scriptures, the Word of God (the whole story), showing them how to read their Bibles as one whole story pointing to him.

He said, “You can see now how it is written that the Messiah suffers, rises from the dead on the third day, and then a total life-change through the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed in his name everywhere—starting from here, from this city, Jerusalem! You’re the first to hear and see it. You’re the witnesses.

What comes next is very important: I am sending what my Father promised to you, so stay here in the city until he arrives until you’re equipped with power from on high.” - (The “promise” Jesus is talking about is the Holy Spirit).

He then led them out of the city over to Bethany. Raising his hands he blessed them, and while blessing them, took his leave, being carried up to heaven.

And they were on their knees, worshiping him. They returned to Jerusalem bursting with joy. They spent all their time in the Temple praising God. Yes.


Question for the kids:

  • What is your favorite part of the Easter story?


Questions for the adults:

  • Someone becoming alive after death is hard to comprehend. It would indeed be a miracle. How has your faith that Jesus is alive today impacted your life - what does it mean to you that Jesus is alive today?

  • If you don’t believe in Jesus today, allow yourself to be curious about the question….“What would be good news about Jesus being alive today?"

  • What role does the Holy Spirit play in your experience of Jesus being alive today?