So I asked the kids at Awana tonight what special or special traditions they had for this week. It was a good list: food; movies; candy; Good Friday church; Sunday church (surprised no one said sunrise service) and then the big talk, it was Easter egg hunt.
We decided there were several types of people on the hunt. Those that look a little and stop because it is too hard or everyone else gets them. Those that want others to find them for them. Others that did not look at all. And then the ones that look really hard and score the golden egg or the one with the special message, that the tomb is empty and Jesus is risen.
That is an excellent example of people. Some don’t look for Jesus. Some look a little but not intentional and make little effort. Some want works or someone else to get them into heaven and some search with all their heart and seek Him with everything they have. They are willing to sacrifice whatever they have to be saved. Will you be that person?
Then I shared with them some of my favorite Easter verses:
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God
I asked the kiddos how could this be an Easter verse. I told them I would give them another clue and another favorite Easter verse.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Not much closer but a few were starting to catch on. I said I would give them another clue.
Romans 5:6-8 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Now they could see a little more. They said Jesus died for us. I said that is right! The reason the other verses are Easter verses is because there has to be a sinner in order to have a Savior and each one of us are sinners. We need Jesus and here are His terms.
Romans 10:8-10 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.”
We have to repent in our thinking. And we need to repent of our sin. We can’t just say a prayer and keep on living in sin. God is looking for a change of heart and life. Look at what Jesus did for you.
1 Corinthians 15:3,4 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures
And His example to each one of us.
Philippians 2:5-9 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
I pray that you have surrendered to Jesus as LORD. If you have, will you be intentional at telling someone this week the gospel, the good news, the hope we have in Jesus?
Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,