Show me a kid who doesn’t love an adventure.
(If you can, I’ll show you a kid who has rotted his brains out with video games.)
Easter, the most important holiday on the Christian calendar is over for another year. Now it’s time to help our kids learn about what came after Easter!
Because for those who experienced the first Easter, their adventure was just beginning!
After Easter, a few of Jesus female disciples went on an adventure to His grave site; a hole bored into the side of a rocky hill. Once there, an earthquake struck (only the second in as many days! Mt 27:51). Then an angel appeared in front of them, rolling the huge entry stone aside and sending the empirial guards into a dead faint (Mt 28:1-7).
After Easter, the Temple elite bribed those guards to lie about the disappearance of Jesus’s body. That fib has inspired conspiracy theories and literary adventures that endure to this day!
It was after Easter is when the disciples, ignorant of the empty tomb, began to return to their hometowns. Two of them on the road to a town named Emmaus actually walked with the resurrected Christ. Of course, they didn’t realize the identity of this wise teacher until it was too late and, POOF!, He vaporized like the Cheshire Cat.
After Easter Jesus began showing up a social functions (behind locked doors no less) scaring their ever-living socks off (Lk 24:36-43)! He dined with Peter on the same beach where He called him into ministry (Jn 21:1-13). And He even let Thomas touched the nail torn holes in his hands and feet (Jn 20:24-29).
It’s after Easter that Jesus gave His followers their marching orders (Mt 28:19-20). His Great Commission would become the reference point for a movement of global missions.
After Easter, Jesus spoke a blessing message to His followers and friends, while levitating off the ground (Lk 24:50-51).
After Easter… came Pentecost, and that, my friends, ignited an adventure that still thrills Christians around the world.
I’m told that when my dad was a kid there was church on Good Friday (same here), Easter Sunday (check) and Easter Monday. I think that’s interesting, because it was on Easter Monday, that things got real! Good Friday wasn’t the end that the Temple, the Empire and the Power of Darkness anticipated, but neither was Easter Sunday!
The resurrection of Jesus Christ kicked of the adventure of a lifetime because that event proved once and for all that Jesus actually was who He said He was! His resurrection became the motivation that would carry 10 of the 12 original disciples to their deaths as martyrs.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ stands as the fulfillment to the craziest prophesy in history (Mt 20:17-19) and will live on as the greatest miracle in all of history.
Parents, tell your children about the new world that people woke up to on Easter Monday. Tell them about the adventures of those first Christians. Tell them about their courage in the face of death. And tell them, that all the world cannot compare with the incredible joy of knowing and following the resurrected Jesus!
If there’s no resurrection, there’s no living Christ. And face it—if there’s no resurrection for Christ, everything we’ve told you is smoke and mirrors, and everything you’ve staked your life on is smoke and mirrors.1 Corinthians 15:13-14 (MSG)
But there is a resurrection. And He is the living Christ. And that changes everything.
Thank God for the adventure of Easter Monday!
Associate Pastor – Southland Church
Thom has worked with children and youth for 17 years. He and his wife, Tara, have 5 kids; 4 boys, and a daughter. The kids are spread across 20 years too, so that gives him plenty of experimental material to write about! They have also welcomed 28 foster children into their home over the past number of years.