Sunday, March 31, 2013

What it's all about

I have been so impressed with my children throughout this season of Lent. We have watched The Bible together and I have been amazed at all they have learned. On Friday we talked about Jesus being on the cross (Cole still calls it a heart sometimes). Saturday we talked about Jesus being in the tomb and today we have talked about God singing "Rise and Shine and give God your glory" to Jesus so that he would wake up and come out of the tomb.

Yesterday when the kids went out to play I watched them build something in the driveway. I didn't know what it was so I went outside to ask. Cole told me that they were building a tomb for Jesus, but that I shouldn't worry because they made sure to make a door and Jesus had the key. I was amazed that even though they are young they get it.

Now the Easter Bunny did come to our house and we did have an egg hunt, but I'm pretty sure they realize that none of that is what Easter is really about because we've been talking about it for weeks.

I've been thinking all day about when I was growing up. I was raised in a traditional United Methodist church (I even went to a Methodist college!). We would say the Apostle's Creed and I think that pretty much sums up what I believe especially when it comes to Easter.

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth
and in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontious Pilate,
was crucified, dead and burried....(here comes the good part...keep reading)
On the third day HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD!
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

It goes on, but that is the most important part for today. Jesus took on the sin of each and everyone of us and died on the cross. I can't imagine how God must have felt to see his son in that much pain. God even had to turn his back on Jesus because He couldn't stand the sight of all those sins on Jesus BUT that's not where the story ends. He was placed in the tomb, but just like Cole told me yesterday Jesus had the key and when God sang, "Rise and Shine" Jesus woke up and walked out of the tomb and because of that we have the promise of eternal life if we trust in Him! It's an amazing day! I hope you are blessed and that you enjoy it!