Good morning, girls and boys! It’s great to be with you this morning, even though we can’t be in person. Happy Easter!
Have you been using the noisemakers that were in your Easter kids or other instruments this morning? Making joyful noise every time. you hear the word Alleluiah? Do you remember what that word means? Praise God! Hooray for God! Go God! During Lent as we get ready for Easter, we don’t say Alleluiah, but now we just can’t help but say it, because Easter is such good news!
The people thought all hope was gone! How could Jesus, God’s son, die on the cross. What a sad , dark day that was.
They must have been so sad when Jesus was taken down from the cross and buried in a cave. A great stone was rolled into the opening of the cave to close it like a door.
Saturday was so quiet that you could hear the earth breathing. On Sunday, it was the women who had the courage to go to the tomb just to be close to Jesus and take care of his body. They wanted to remember, even if it was sad. When they came to the tomb, what did they find? Yes, the stone had been rolled away and the tomb was empty! And angel told them not to be afraid. Jesus had died on the cross, but somehow he was alive again!
When you look at this side
you know that the other side is there.
When you look at this side you know that the other side is there. You can’t pull them apart. We can have so many feelings at the same time, can’t we?
I be the women who came to the tomb felt a lot of different feelings at the same time: sadness, fear, and BIG JOY and more fear! Have you ever been filled with joy and fear at the same time?
Maybe you are now. Maybe you’re happy to be out of school but missing your friends and teachers. Maybe this virus makes y ou worried or mad. It’s good to remember how much God loves us, even with all our feelings mixed up.
If God sent an angel to speak to us today, what do you think the angel would say after, “Don’t be scared.”? Maybe:
Don’t be scared. God is with you, right now. God loves us no matter what.
Don’t be scared. No matter what happens, God is always with us.
Don’t be scared. God’s loving power is more powerful than the worst evil of all.
Don’t be scared. God can help us do hard things.
Don’t be scared. Jesus is risen! God’s love always wins in the end.
That’s a real reason to say Alleluiah!! Praise God! Hooray for God! Go God!
Let’s pray. Dear God, thank you for sending us Jesus to show us how to love each other. Thank you for raising him from the tomb, so that we can be with him forever. We love you, God. Amen.