Lesson 7: April 16, 2017 (EASTER)
God’s Love as Victory over Death: John 20:1-10; I Peter 1:3-5, 8-9
Teaching Strategy: Discuss…Do Christians today think of the resurrection of Jesus more as a doctrine requiring assent or as a life-changing reality with implications for daily life? Search I Peter 1:3-9 for ways Christ’s resurrection can and should make a difference in the lives of believers.
The miracle of the resurrection is a gift and a mystery. It is a powerful demonstration of God’s saving love and an affirmation that ultimately love overcomes hate, hope defeats despair, and life triumphs over death. Reflection on the resurrection and its meaning in the lives of believers today may take various forms and address a variety of questions. If, for example, the resurrection of Jesus has implications for daily life, what are they? In what ways have we experienced resurrection in our lives or seen it in the lives of others? How do we live differently as a result? What does it mean to experience and live with Easter joy? If we die with Christ, how are we then born to new life in Him? Where is Christ still being crucified today? Where in the world are the forces of hate, despair, and death most evident and/or most challenging? What can and should we do in response? How can we be instruments of God’s love, of hope, and of new life in Christ?
- Celebrate Easter joy with this short video which includes photos from around the world and a lively version of “Marching in the Light of God” performed by the Africa University Choir.
- United Methodist pastor Adam Hamilton discusses the meaning of The Triumph of the Resurrection for how believers live, face adversity, and understand death.
- In her article, Unglued Church: Resurrection or Resuscitation?, Presbyterian pastor Susan Rothenberg calls the church to change, arguing that “without change, there is no resurrection.”
- The news of the week includes horrific stories of death and destruction, among them the use of chemical warfare in Syria, a terror attack in Stockholm, and bombings in Coptic Christian churches in two different Egyptian cities – where people had gathered for Palm Sunday worship. The World News This Week in Prayer provides a model for praying for victims, perpetrators, responders and caregivers, political leaders – and ourselves – that we might be instruments of love and hope and new life. The National Council of Churches in Korea and the Korean Christian Federation worked together to prepare the 2017 Easter Joint North South Prayer.