The Story of Easter
Mark 15:22-Jesus Died
Mark 15:42-Jesus Was Buried
Mark 16:1-5 Jesus Rose Again
Jesus says that the reason why he came was to offer up his life as a ransom. That word ransom in the first century was typically used to communicate the price paid to redeem or free a slave or a captive. To ransom someone was to pay a price in order to set them free. Jesus said that he came to offer up his life as a ransom payment for our sins. Are you living your life in freedom, knowing that Jesus has paid for your sins? Confess to your family ways that you are not trusting in Christ to forgive you. Identify specific sins that you need to repent of and let the freedom in Christ wash over you.
Reread the Easter Story with your children. Then ask them to tell you the story in their own words. As Pastor Andy said, "We live in a culture that loves to tell stories." Therefore, our children need to know how to accurately articulate the Easter Story with others.
Thank you for Jesus! Thank you that He lived the life we could not live, and died the death we deserved to die. Help us to continually repent of our sins, knowing that you paid for them on the cross.
Jesus Forever by Austin Stone Kids Worship
The Significance of Easter
I Corinthians 15
In 1 Corinthians, Paul reminds us why the resurrection is important. Jesus has conquered sin and death, our greatest enemies, and given us hope. Because Christ has been raised from the dead, we have hope that we, too, will go to be with Jesus when our earthly bodies die. We can be assured of this hope if we are trusting in Christ alone for our salvation. The significance of Easter is a promise of new life found in Jesus, and that future can begin right now!
Talk with your kids about what a relationship with Christ looks like. Tell the story of when Christ saved you! What a glorious day! Remind your kids that they can have that same hope by repenting and trusting in Christ. Discuss what it means to follow Jesus in everyday life.
Thank you for the resurrection. It is because you rose from the dead on the third day that we can have eternal life. Soften our hearts toward you. Come, Holy Spirit, and move in the lives of my children. Make us more like your son, Jesus.
In Christ Alone by Kristian Stanfill
The Summons of Easter
The summons of Easter is to embrace this story and make it your own, to believe it as true, and to build your life around it. As you read "The Great Commission," Jesus tells us to go and make disciples. This is our story, and the Lord has entrusted us with it so that we may tell others.
Jesus died for our sins.
Jesus was buried.
Jesus rose from the dead.
He’s the King.
He’s coming again.
Discuss "The Great Commission" with your kids. Memorize these verses as a family this week. Write them on a sticky note and put them everywhere in your house. Take turns reciting the verses at supper time. Encourage your kids by memorizing the verses with them.
We thank you that you're coming again, and that you've called us to tell others the good news of your resurrection. Give us awe and wonder over this great story of sending your Son as a sacrifice for our sins.
Tell the World by Austin Stone Kids Worship