Two weeks ago in Sunday School class, I was told, the kids had tons of fun acting out the Triumphal Entry. They even had a “real” donkey, thanks to Jim and John.
Then last Sunday we watched He is Risen from Animated Stories. We set up our chairs just like a theatre (that’s what Tommy said), and instead of popcorn, we had pretzels and crackers. We projected the movie on the wall like gigantic movie screen. And the captivating animation of the Crucifixion and Resurrection made the Scriptures come alive in our little Sunday school classroom.
This Sunday, we had a dozen multi-colored plastic eggs, and inside each one was something that symbolized part of Passion Week. The kids selected their eggs–mostly by their favorite colors. They were eager to open them because they thought there was candy inside, but I was quick to tell them that wasn’t the case. And I firmly told them not to open their egg until I asked for their color.
As I called for each color, the child holding that egg would open it, show us what was inside, and we’d talk about what it represented, retelling that part of the Easter story. And so we walked our way through the events of Passion Week.
When we got to the last egg, Ben opened it. His face clouded with disappointment as he sat still, looking at the open egg in his hands. He didn’t say a word.
The entire class was clamoring to know what was in the egg. Isaac, sitting beside Ben, leaned over to look into the open egg. “It’s empty!” he exclaimed in surprise.
Suddenly both boys looked at each other and cried out, “It’s empty because the tomb is empty!” Their excitement was electrifying.
In that moment in our little Sunday school classroom, I had a glimpse of the disciples’ excitement when they saw Jesus’ empty tomb.
Jesus has defeated the power of death.
His tomb is empty because He is alive!