My person said I have to stay really quiet and listen because the Easter story is very important. I’ll try, person.
My person says that Jesus was crucified on the cross. That must have hurt.
Yes, I’m listening, person. I still don’t get why he was crucified though.
So God can’t look on sin and we all have it? Even me? Not me.
Well yeah, I do that but… I do that too, but it’s not my fault.
Jesus is the only one qualified to take all our sins upon himself and he had to die on the cross to do it? So God can look at us because Jesus took our sin for us? It’s a free gift from him?
We have to do what? Ask for that free gift? That’s all? That sounds really simple.
So what does that have to do with Easter?
Jesus didn’t stay dead? How could that happen?
My person says that after Jesus died he was buried in a tomb and a very large stone was rolled in front of it. On Sunday morning Mary Magdalene and some other women went to the tomb. They didn’t know how they would move the stone, but when they got there they found it had already been rolled away.
Mary ran to Peter and John, two of Jesus’ disciples, and told them someone had taken Jesus and they didn’t know where he was.
Peter and John ran to the tomb and found nothing inside but the linen and burial cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus. They didn’t understand what was happening and they went home.
Mary Magdalene stayed there and stood outside the tomb crying. She looked into the tomb and saw two angels sitting where Jesus had been.
Person, you didn’t tell me there were angels in the story.
I’m really listening, person.
The angels asked Mary why she was crying and she said they had taken her Lord away and she didn’t know where they had put him.
Mary turned around and saw a man standing there. She thought it was the gardener.
A gardener? Does he grow good stuff to eat?
I’m sorry person. I couldn’t help myself. You made me think about food.
Okay. The man asked Mary why she was crying and who she was looking for.
Mary said to the man that if he had carried Jesus away could he please tell her where he had put him and she would go get him.
The man then said one word to her. “Mary.” She immediately recognized that it was Jesus.
But person, you just told me Jesus died on the cross. How could that be him?
He did? God raised him from the dead? And Mary was the first one to see him?
Do you think I could see him too?