When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdelene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”
But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’ “
He Is Risen!
Bake some easter buns with the kids- just take a package of store bought refrigerated dough (large buns work best) and follow the directions to roll them into buns- but wrap a marshmallow into the center of each one. Bake them as usual, and as they cook the marshmallow will melt into the dough and give the bun a slightly sweet taste, but most important- there will be a hole in the middle where the marshmallow was. This is the empty tomb.
While waiting for the buns to cook read the scripture together and reflect on how it would have felt if you were one of those people to go to the tomb and find it empty. Would you be afraid if you saw an angel? Would you be nervous if a grave was empty? If children want, you could even act out the scene. Once the buns are ready to eat, enjoy some sweet goodness and thank God that Jesus rose from the dead to save us all! Romans 5:8: But God demonstrated His love for us: that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.
John 3:16: For God so loved the world that He gave His only son. Anyone who believes in Him will not die but will have eternal life.
Let’s live out our gratefulness and share the good news! He Has Risen!