Christ is Risen

Matt 28:5-6 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not, for I know that you seek Jesus, which was crucified.
Matt 28:6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

Palm Sunday and Easter is a holiday when people think of the Easter bunny, decorating eggs, and maybe dressing up in a new outfit and going to church. What do you think of when you think of Palm Sunday which is tomorrow? Or, Easter, which is Sunday, March 23?

What story can you tell to bring Jesus Christ into the picture of Easter and Palm Sunday? We are all a part of the Patchwork. Show your colors with a story, thought, or prayer for He is Risen, He is Risen indeed, Christ is Risen.



10 thoughts on “Christ is Risen”

  1. When I think of Palm Sunday even as a little girl I always would think of Jesus riding into town on a donkey and all the people throwing down palm branches for His donkey and Him to ride upon….and even now I think of all the reasons why He rode upon that donkey into the city ..the people of that time thought it was for the set up of his early kingdom in the natural….but what they didnt realize was that He was already setting up His kingdom and it didnt come in the way they thought….it was within…..and Easter Sunday…..He rose….I knew as a child He rose but that was about it…..but now I know….He Rose…..and I live because of it….dj

  2. what story can I bring……Easter…..

    So dark and cold huddled together waiting with breath stilled as the darkened night, waiting for what seems like decades of decades…no we are running and half falling. It’s muddy and wet I think more wet with my tears than the rain thats falling……we watch as the men are struggling to pull the long jagged nails that pierced the hands and feet of our Lord ….we are slowly lowering Him down, as my friend places him in his mothers arms for the last time we pull the cart for carring his body to the tomb…no time for the aointments ….time running out…..we place his lifeless body on the cart and quickly go to the tomb… friends are strong…..we watch as suddenly soldiers appear and stand quard…like we are going to still what we have just placed so lovingly inside…….we have to go there is no more time ……..its early morning 3 days we have waited….and we are going to anoint that which we love with our lives………I run ahead cant wait, he was, is my life…..I just want to even be alone one last time even though its just his life less body….he was my lord……OH NO….some ones takin his body…….what light is this…..its almost blinding…..My Lord…My life….its you its really You ,You are’re alive!…….He’s telling me to go tell the others to go to Galilee and He will meet them there….so I’m running…and now they don’t believe me they think Im out of my mind with grief. I tell you He is Risen………we are all here together and they still half heartedly dont believe me…..hush…..Its our Lord…listen…He is saying to us….”All authority is given unto Me in heaven and in earth…Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the age……..(dj)

  3. When I think of Palm Sunday and Easter I think of the years I was a Sunday School Teacher. On Palm Sunday I introduced “Resurrection Eggs” to the students. All the students wide-eyed with excitement wanted to open the eggs all at once. No, no, one egg at a time and the story will unfold. I’d divide the groups up reading the scriptures and then telling it in their own words. Now you are in the first group so read Matthew 21 – 1 -11. What is the story of the scripture about. Palm Sunday. Can you guess the first egg’s contents? A palm branch. We would then braid the palm branch into a tiny cross to represent Jesus – Jesus the Christ who lived and lives in our hearts. The next group reads John 12:2-8 about how Mary anointed Jesus’ feet with perfume, an act of getting the Savior’s body ready for be entombed. The second egg was opened? A cotton ball with perfume on it. The third scripture read- Matthew 26:17-19. The story is about Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples.
    The egg is gradually opened. What do you see? A loaf of bread to represent the body of the Lord Jesus Christ. The fourth group then shares their passage of Matthew 27:3. The story of Judas betraying Jesus for 30 pieces of silver – a sad, sad story of someone Jesus trusted betraying him. The fourth egg is opened and what do we see? Silver coins. The next group shares their scripture of John 19:17. The story is about Jesus carrying his own cross to Calvary. The egg? A small cross. The sixth group reads the passage John 19:2. The story is how the soldiers placed a crown of thorns on Jesus’ head. The thorns pricked his head and streams of Jesus’ blood cascaded down His head. To review Jesus had now been celebrated with Palm Sunday, Mary’s anointing, and sharing of the Last Supper. He had been betrayed by a close associate, beaten to within an inch of His life, mocked, and crowned with a crown of thorns. He had gone from Glory to Hell in a short period of time. The next group will read John 19:23. This story tells how the soldiers rolled dice to see who would get his robe as it was seamless. The egg? A small set of dice. The following group will read John 19:18, 37 and John 20: 25-29 . The story is about how they drove nails into the palms of Jesus’s hands and feet. And when he died the soldiers pierced his side with a sword. Pain, pain for you and me. He died, his Mother and friends cried. He had done nothing wrong. We had. He took our place on that cross and paid it all for us. The egg? A nail to represent the price He paid. The next group reads Matthew 27:34 – This story tells about a sponge that was dipped in sour vinegar with gall which was lifted for Jesus to drink. A drink unfit for anyone. The egg? A small sponge. The next group reads John 19:40 which tells of the spices which were used to prepare Jesus’ body for burial. The egg? Spices. The next group will read John 20. The story is about how Jesus was put inside a tomb and a huge stone was placed over the opening. When Mary Magdelene went to the tomb the next day the stone was rolled away. The egg? A stone. The final egg come from John 20: 6-7. Jesus has risen from the dead? If the egg is the tomb what do you think will be in this egg? Are you thinking hard? Anyone ready to guess? Nothing, absolutely nothing. He is alive and about His Father’s work, working in each of you. (Jesus had gone to hell, overcame Satan and returned to His rightful place of Glory.) Remember that Jesus loves you. He took your place on the cross. He paid for your sins and He lives in your heart if you invite Him to come in. If you have not prayed that prayer you may read along putting your name in the name spot.
    Yes Lord Jesus I want you to come and live within my heart. I need you. Please come quickly and fill me (your name) with you. Lead, guide, and direct my life. Thanks Jesus. The groups all come together and we sing: Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to him belong – I am one of those this day, for eternity, for eternity. ( Of course I modified this to fit the day.) We then can come together and fellowship and break bread. An end but beginning of a wonderful season of Easter.

  4. Thank you Sunday School Teacher. I love the memory of your preparing your lessons on Saturday for Sunday and allowing my sons and myself to be a part of hear, feel, touch stories that have helped to make our faith so real. Thank you Rena and all Sunday School teachers for all the children’s lives that have been touched in Sunday School and the ones that I just placed their names in the above prayer as I prayed for others and me and mine.
    This week I invited my 28 years old son to join me for Easter Sunday services. He said, ‘ Mom,do I still need to go, the story never changes,” And, I said, “yes, the reason why we go and worship and praise our Risen Lord is because His Story and Word never changes.” I had the blessing of taking my son Jon and his big brother, Chris to Easter Services with their Father at Downtown Baptist Church in Alexandria Va when Jon was only a few days old. As I stood to sing with him wrapped in my arms and holding the hand of our 6 year old, Chris, I sang, prayed then and still do for both of them:
    God sent His son, they called Him, Jesus;
    He came to love, heal and forgive;
    He lived and died to buy my pardon,
    An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives!
    Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
    Because He lives, all fear is gone;
    Because I know He holds the future,
    And life is worth the living,
    Just because He lives!
    How sweet to hold a newborn baby,
    And feel the pride and joy he gives;
    But greater still the calm assurance:
    This child can face uncertain days because He Lives!

    Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
    Because He lives, all fear is gone;
    Because I know He holds the future,
    And life is worth the living,
    Just because He lives!
    And then one day, I’ll cross the river,
    I’ll fight life’s final war with pain;
    And then, as death gives way to vict’ry,
    I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know He lives!

    Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
    Because He lives, all fear is gone;
    Because I know He holds the future,
    And life is worth the living,
    Just because He lives! Click below and sing along with the music

    Words and music by William J. Gaither
    © 1971
    Matthew 28:6
    “He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.
    Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”

  5. Yes I too remember times walking and praying for our sons when they were very young. We without a doubt know that Jesus has them in his care as we continue to hold them in prayer even though they are 26, 27, 28, or so. Because He lives and cares we can trust that Jesus is their commander and chief. Think you Jesus for leading and guiding us daily and directing our path and the path of our children even though we are 30+.

  6. I always picture waving a palm branch in church when I think of Palm Sunday and then bringing it home as a reminder of what made Jesus entry in Jerusalem triumphant. As Jesus was riding into that city on the donkey the crowds waving the palm branches shouted ‘Hosanna’, meaning deliver us, save us! A fitting thing to say. Jesus had read from the book of the prophet Isaiah on an earlier Sabbath day in in the synaguogue at Nazareth that He had come to fulfill their shouts. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me. Because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind,to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to procalim the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Luke 4:18-19)
    The thoughts and stories of each one above are such great reminders of this.

  7. In reading John this morning from Max Lucado;s Devotional Bible one of the events of the Easter Story tells how the soldiers threw lots for Jesus’ clothing. In the commentary by Max Lucado, he tells that when a Jewish man was going out into the world his Mother wove a piece of clothing for her child without seam from top to bottom. According to Mr. Lucado, garments symbolize character. Jesus’ garment was ‘neither so humble as to touch hearts nor so glamorous as to turn heads.’ . His garment represented that that “he was led by the mind of his Father.” Jesus said, “‘ I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing alone. The Son does only what he sees the Father doing, because the Son does whatever the Father does.”l (John 5:19) The garment was seamless in that Jesus was seamless perfection. On the cross he suffered indignity of nakedness, failure (so religious leaders thought), and indignity of sin (carrying our sins). (1 Peter 2:24) “The clothing of Christ on the cross? Sin-yours and mine. The sins of all humanity. This thoughts come from Max Lucado Devotional Bible and from his book He Chose the Nails).

  8. John 12:13 “The next day , the news that the Lord was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors. 13 took palm braches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted, “Praise God!” Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hail to the King of Israel!” 14 Jesus found a young donkey and rode on it, fulfilling the prophecy that said: 15 Don’t be afraid, people of Jerusalem. Look, your King is coming, riding on a donkey’s colt.”
    When I think fo Palm Sunday, I think of the people of Jerusalem seeing Jesus in the distance, everyone grabbing a palm branch and running to meet him. Everyone must have been so exciting to see Jesus and worship him. Jesus rode on the back of a donkey, not a beautiful white horse, but a donkey. I’m sure this was a humbling sight. To see God’s son, who can stop the winds, on the back of a donkey. WOW! What an awesome God we serve. What an awesome day. When I think of Palm Sunday, I think of Jesus riding through the crowd on his donkey and everyone worshiping him with their palm branches. The people knew he was coming and they were prepared. They were waiting for him, with their palm branches in their hands. When they saw him, they ran to meet him and worship him. We know he is coming, we have read the “news” in God’s word. We know he is coming soon, but don’t know when. We know the next time he comes, he will be riding a white horse and he will be coming to battle. I know we have very busy lives. I hope we are not to busy to be prepared with our palm branches in our hand, waiting to run and meet Jesus and worship him. I pray that I/we stay focused on meeting our Lord one day. I pray that we are not too busy to collect our palm branches and prepare our hearts.
    Rev. 7:9 “After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands. 10 And they were shouting with a mighty shout, “Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!”
    Let’s prepare our hearts and our minds for the great meeting with our Lord. The great meeting when we have white robes on and palm branches in our hands.

  9. When I think of Easter, I think of the ultimate sacrifice that was ever made. I think of my precious savior on the cross. I think of an empty tomb. I think of eternity with a living Lord. When Noah was about three years old, he was watching a cartoon about Jesus. It showed Jesus on the cross. Then it showed Jesus coming out of the tomb. In the cartoon, everyone was running around yelling Jesus is alive. My son jumped up and started yelling Mom Jesus is alive. Noah ran to the window and yelled out the window Mr. JD JESUS IS ALIVE. Noah was so excited that Jesus is alive. When I think of Easter, I think of Jesus and his life.

  10. Noah’s comment makes me think of another song we love to sing.

    Alive, alive, alive forevermore
    Jesus is alive, alive forevermore
    Alive, alive, alive forevermore
    Jesus is alive

    Sing hallelujah, sing hallelujah
    Jesus is alive forevermore
    Sing hallelujah, sing hallelujah
    He is alive for evermore

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