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John 20:1-18

The Promise

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John 20:1-18

The Promise

By Lois Parker Edstrom

OBJECTS SUGGESTED: Wooden play blocks and/or container of sand

How would you feel if you built a high tower using wooden blocks and someone came along and knocked it down? Sometimes little sisters or brothers don’t realize how much work you have put into such a project. You may feel angry. You may feel sad. You may think, “I’ll just build it up again.”

Building a sand castle on the beach and having it washed away by a wave is a similar experience. When something of yours is destroyed or taken away, you feel the loss. We all have those feelings when something like that happens to us.

We read in the Bible about Mary Magdalene who felt great sadness when Jesus died. The death of someone we love is a very great loss. We are told that “Mary was standing outside at the tomb (where Jesus had been buried) weeping” (20:11).

When she turned around she saw someone standing there and thought it was the gardener, but when he called to her,“Mary” (20:16) she understood that it was Jesus. Jesus had been resurrected. Resurrection is a big word that means Jesus was brought to life again. He said,“I am ascending to… my God and your God” (20:17).

“Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord” (20:18). We can only imagine how surprised and happy she must have been. This is the promise of Easter: those who believe that Jesus is Lord will someday be with God.

Happy Easter!

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2007, Richard Niell Donovan