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John 20:1-18

The Promise of Easter

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John 20:1-18

The Promise of Easter

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects suggested: Fresh tulips or daffodils, if available. Dried tulip or daffodil bulbs.

Picture of tulips and daffodils available at:

How lovely, this time of year, to see spring flowers blooming. Tulips and daffodils make a colorful bouquet for all of us to enjoy. The flowers look so fresh and beautiful.

Now let’s look at something quite different. (Display or pass around the bulbs.) Notice how dry and knobby the bulbs feel. See how brown and wrinkled they appear. Can you imagine that these bright red, purple, pink, and yellow flowers grew from such a lifeless looking bulb?

That’s exactly what happened. Tulip and daffodil bulbs are planted during the autumn months. Throughout the winter the bulbs stay in the soil and you may think nothing is going to happen until one day, when the season has more sunlight hours and the ground has had a chance to warm up, you see a tiny sprout of green peeping through the soil.

Then, before long, the bulb grows a firm stalk, a bud forms, and at last a beautiful flower opens up. What an exciting, hopeful event!

We learn from nature that there is new life after the death of winter and this may help us understand the Easter story.

The Bible gives us an account of how Jesus died. The Bible also teaches us that two days after Jesus died he appeared to Mary and told her he was going up (ascending) into heaven to be with God. He was given new life. This is the promise of Easter – new, everlasting life and it is offered to each one of us. What an exciting, hopeful event!

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2009, Richard Niell Donovan