We've spent the last 5 weeks looking at the rollercoaster ride of the Easter story. Today we're going to think from the disciples' point of view. How must it have felt to watch all of that happen? And then in this week's Bible passage, Jesus gives them a very big job! Watch the video:
Today's Bible passage comes from Matthew 28: 16-20. The Good News Translation is below, or you can use a different translation if you like.
The eleven disciples went to the hill in Galilee where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him, even though some of them doubted. Jesus drew near and said to them, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples: baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And I will be with you always, to the end of the age."
This week, we're going to ice biscuits. Or cakes. Or whatever you like, really! If you have the ingredients available, you can do it now. If not, why not save this activity for later in the week, and revisit the story as you do it?
Get (or make!) whatever biscuits or cakes you like to ice. You're going to decorate them as traffic lights. You can use different coloured icing for the coloured lights, or you could use smarties (or any other sweets you like!). Make as many as you like, and ice as many as you like! Perhaps don't eat as many as you'd like...at least, not all at once.
As you do it, talk through how you think the disciples felt about being told by Jesus to "Go!" How would you have felt if Jesus had given you the responsibility of starting the very first Church?
Dear God, thank you that you promise to always be with us. Thank you for choosing to include us in your great big plan to let the world know about Jesus! Help us to have the courage to tell others about you, and help us to know that you are right here with us day-by-day.