We Are Easter People - April 4, 2021

Bible Study “We Are Easter People”

Share:  Your highs (something that made you happy) and lows (something that made you sad) this week with others around you or write them down.

 

Easter - the unearned gift of grace. The reflective season of “going in” that Lent provided (no matter what disciplines we undertook, nor even how well we attended to them) explodes on Easter. Of course, we cannot “figure it out.” How comforting, then, to have these scriptures, showing first how the disciples struggled to grasp what had happened and then stories of Jesus before the crucifixion, which are written in the light of the Resurrection. As Easter people we know, as Paul said, that nothing, not even death, shall separate us from the love of God. We are people who expect life out of death. And so, in Eastertide we celebrate the wonder and prepare ourselves to take the awesome message out into the world on Pentecost

Easter is not just today. Easter Day is today and Easter Season and celebration lasts for 7 more weeks. We want to help remind everyone, including ourselves, that we are Easter people all the time, not just today. Today we celebrate Jesus being raised from the dead. Today’s story is one of miracles and joy.

 

Opening Prayer: Amazing God, we thank you for bringing us once again to this glorious day in which we remember that you rose from the dead and brought us all back to life. Help us to be your Easter people in the world. Amen

 

Please open your Bibles to John 20:1-18 and read or read the scriptures below. 

John 20:1-18

The Empty Tomb

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7 as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. 8 Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. 9 (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).

17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.

Reflection Questions:

  • Why do you think Mary was going to the tomb to visit Jesus?
  • What do you think Mary and the disciples felt when they saw the empty tomb?
  • What do you think it was like for Mary to hear Jesus say her name?
  • What is your favorite part of this story?

 

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Videos (Click on the words or url)

John 20:1-18 He Has Been Raised Easter Sunday Gospel Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ud6OE-22MxQ

Easter Song – Redeemer with Lyrics - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iLscNgnRSU

Song: An Easter Hallelujah – Cassandra & her sister Callahan - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-j3NZEdHQaI

Activities:

Bible Lesson:

Jesus Is Alive Maze:

Word Search:  https://thewordsearch.com/puzzle/2205328/we-are-easter-people/

Easter Craft Tape Resist Cross:

Cross Book Markers: You will need card stock to draw and cut out a cross. Decorate it with stickers and colored markers to make a book marker. Write I HAVE SEEN THE LORD, or JESUS LIVES on the cross. Add a ribbon put through a hole at the top of the cross.

Mystery Snacks: Take a toilet paper roll and fill with small candies (M&Ms, jelly beans, etc.) and then write and decorate a small card with stickers and words from today's lesson. Place the card and candy inside the toilet paper roll, wrap it with tissue paper or wrapping paper and tie each end with a ribbon.  Give your mystery snack to a friend, neighbor or family member.

Prayer:  Gracious and life giving God, we thank you for the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ, who knows us by name, and calls us to join him in the resurrection feast this Easter time. Be with us as we go into the world that we may find you in the signs of spring, in our name being called, and in the things that we do. Amen.