Summary: Easter means that our redeemer lives. A simple sermon about the meaning of Easter.
My Redeemer Lives
Intro: What does Easter mean to you this morning. Yesterday, we had our annual Easter egg hunt for the children. We had a great time. Is that what Easter means to you? In our world today, it seems that egg hunts and bunny rabbits are what Easter is all about.
. A Sunday school teacher asked her group of 8 year olds what Easter meant to them. One little girl said that Easter meant that they would be eating egg salad sandwiches for the next two weeks. Some of you remember back when the Easter eggs were the hard boiled eggs don’t you. I do too and I’m glad we have switched to the plastic eggs we used yesterday.
. Easter means different things to different people. I don’t know where all this came from but I want to spend the next few minutes illustrating to you exactly what Easter means.
. Little Philip, born with Down’s syndrome, attended a third-grade Sunday School class with several eight-year-old boys and girls. Typical of that age, the children did not readily accept Philip with his differences, according to an article in Leadership magazine. But because of a creative teacher, they began to care about Philip and accept him as part of the group, though not fully. The Sunday after Easter the teacher brought Leggs pantyhose containers, the kind that look like large eggs. Each receiving one, the children were told to go outside on that lovely spring day, find some symbol for new life, and put it in the egg-like container. Back in the classroom, they would share their new-life symbols, opening the containers one by one in surprise fashion. After running about the church property in wild confusion, the students returned to the classroom and placed the containers on the table. Surrounded by the children, the teacher began to open them one by one. After each one, whether flower, butterfly, or leaf, the class would ooh and ahh. Then one was opened, revealing nothing inside. The children exclaimed, That’s stupid. That’s not fair. Somebody didn’t do their assignment.
Philip spoke up, That’s mine.
Philip, you don’t ever do things right! the student retorted. There’s nothing there!
I did so do it, Philip insisted. I did do it. It’s empty. The tomb was empty!
Silence followed. From then on Philip became a full member of the class. He died not long afterward from an infection most normal children would have shrugged off. At the funeral this class of eight-year-olds marched up to the altar not with flowers, but with their Sunday school teacher, each to lay on it an empty pantyhose egg.
. Phillip understood that Easter is about the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
. As we look at the Easter story this morning, I want to take you back three days before the resurrection. You see in order to understand Easter; we need to understand Why Jesus was in that tomb to start with.
. 23For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.