|Theme:||Jesus is risen and the tomb is empty.|
|Object:||An empty egg shell (puncture at each end and blow out the white and yolk) that has been decorated. This can also be done with plastic eggs, but it isn't as effective|
|Scripture:||He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Matthew 28:6|
There are many things that remind us of Easter. There are flowers, chocolate Easter bunnies, and pretty Easter baskets. One thing that all of us think of when we think of Easter is Easter eggs. How many of you have ever been on an Easter egg hunt? Have you ever wondered why we use the egg to represent Easter?
When a mother hen sits on her eggs for a few weeks, do you know what happens? That's right, in a few weeks the eggs begin to crack open and little baby chick come out. An egg means new life. It reminds us that there is a new life inside that can come out. We celebrate Easter Sunday because that is the day that Jesus came out of the grave and He was alive.
This morning I have brought what I call a real Easter egg. I will show you why I call it a real Easter egg. (break the empty egg shell) This egg is empty. That is why I call it a real Easter egg. It reminds me that on Easter Sunday, when Jesus' followers went to His tomb, the tomb was empty. An angel was there to tell them, "He is not here; He has risen, just as He said."The grave is empty, Jesus isn't in there. He is alive, and because He is alive, we too can have a new life in Him.
Dear Lord, today we celebrate the empty grave. We thank you that Jesus is not in the grave. He is risen, and because of that, we can have new life in Him. Amen.