WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15
“Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent Me, even so I am sending you.’”
John 20:21 (ESV)
FIRST WORDS: I CAN GIVE YOU A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE FATHER
A Sunday School teacher asked her class on the Sunday before Easter if they knew what happened on Easter and why it was so important. One little girl spoke up saying: “Easter is when the whole family gets together, and you eat turkey and sing about the pilgrims and all that.” “No, that’s not it,” said the teacher.
“I know what Easter is,” a second student responded. “Easter is when you get a tree and decorate it and give gifts to everybody and sing lots of songs.” “Nope, that’s not it either,” replied the teacher. Finally a third student spoke up, “Easter is when Jesus was killed, and put in a tomb and left for three days.” “Ah, thank goodness somebody knows” the teacher thought to herself. But then the student went on: “Then everybody gathers at the tomb and waits to see if Jesus comes out, and if he sees his shadow…”
Easter is important for lots of reasons and Jesus’ first words on the first Easter Sunday sums up why it’s important. We’ve reviewed this week how His first words brought us peace. Today we are reminded that His first words teach us we can have a relationship with our heavenly Father. Jesus’ entire mission here on earth was to make it possible for our sins to be paid for so that we could have a right relationship with God and ultimately go to heaven.
Our Father in heaven sent Jesus on the Easter mission. In John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” If we haven’t accepted Jesus’ invitation into a relationship with God we have missed the point of Easter. We are just like the little kids who missed the point of Easter in the Sunday School class.
Do you have a relationship with God the Father? How would you describe the quality of that relationship? Take some time today and read all of John 20 and ask God to teach you about the kind of relationship He wants with you.