He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day…But someone may ask, “How will the dead be raised? What kind of bodies will they have?” What a foolish question! When you put a seed into the ground, it doesn’t grow into a plant unless it dies first.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 35-36


(Use the devotional below—better yet do the activity and have a conversation while doing it—to show your kids what the resurrection and life is like.)

Even though it doesn’t look like spring outside my window today…

house and resurrection

Snow. A true sign of spring in Minnesota.


…spring is definitely coming! A couple of days ago I decided to put myself into “Spring” mindset by planting marigolds for our soon-to-come garden. Honestly there are other flowers I prefer but marigolds’ bright colors say “summer!” and the deer that roam the woods find them inedible.


First, I bought marigold seeds.

marigold seed and resurrection


Then I filled the tiny planter pockets with rich soil and sprinkled a few seeds on top.

marigold planter and resurrection


With my finger, I plunged the seeds deep into the dirt’s darkness.

planting marigolds and resurrection

Pushing the seeds down into the soil


Now I’m waiting. First the seed has to die. For at least a week it will look like nothing is happening. But then… they’ll break free from the dirt.

marigold seedlings resurrection

Marigold seedlings just starting to burst through.


and burst into bright yellow blooms.

Marigold resurrection

A sunshiny yellow marigold


That’s exactly what happened to Jesus. Soldiers nailed Jesus to a cross, he died, and they put his body into a dark tomb. That seemed to be the end of the story. For three days nothing happened. Then on the third day he broke free from the tomb. God’s Spirit raised him from the dead (Romans 8:11) and breathed life into his body.

That’s what Easter is all about. There’s nothing wrong with jelly beans or cute little bunnies or Easter eggs stuff with chocolate, but Easter is so much more! It’s the day Jesus rose from the dead. He’s alive!! Because he has life, he can give US life when we believe in him.


He breaks us frees us from sin and gives us forever life!

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Weave together this familiar Old Testament story with the New Testament story leading up to Jesus’s death and resurrection.

A walk through the Red Sea. Free at last!– Read Exodus 12:31; 14:9-27
The people of Israel aren’t slaves anymore; they’re absolutely free!

Resurrection! Jesus is raised from the dead. – Read Matthew 28:1-10
Jesus rose full of life. Because of his life, we can be free from the power of sin and have forever life.


Copyright © Carol Garborg 2018

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