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April 2, 2014 / BTM

The Case for the Resurrection Egg #2

fishYesterday I began a series called The Case for the Resurrection Eggs.  This series loosely introduces the Minimal Facts about the resurrection of Jesus to young children.

We start using these eggs on Easter Sunday, so you still have time to make them.  The eggs are simple to make – I got most of the egg innards from our lego and playmobil collections.  Today’s fish is from a pack of puffy stickers from the dollar store.

Why a fish?  Read on…

We said yesterday that Jesus appeared to the disciples.  Some people think that Jesus did not really appear.  These people think that the disciples just imaged that they saw Jesus, or that they saw a ghost.

Remember that the disciples were locked together in a room because they were afraid that the Jews might kill them like they had killed Jesus?  While they were in the room, suddenly they saw Jesus standing in the room with them!

Wait a minute – the doors were locked!  How did Jesus get in there?  Can a person walk through a locked door?

When the disciples saw Jesus standing among them…

They were surprised and terrified. They thought they were seeing a ghost.

Jesus said to them, “Why are you troubled?  Why do you have doubts in your minds?  Look at my hands and my feet.  It is really I!  Touch me and see.  A ghost does not have a body or bones.  But you can see that I do.”

After he said that, he showed them his hands and feet.  But they still did not believe it.  They were amazed and filled with joy.

So Jesus asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?”

They gave him a piece of cooked fish.  He took it and ate it in front of them. (Luke 24: 37-49, NIrV)

OPEN EGG #2.  WHAT DO YOU FIND INSIDE?  A FISH

What two things did Jesus do to prove to the disciples that he wasn’t a ghost or something they were imagining? [They touched him, and he ate a piece of fish in front of them.]

The disciples were not expecting Jesus to rise from the dead.  They didn’t imagine that they saw him and they didn’t see a ghost instead of Jesus.  All of them could not have imagined the exact same thing at the exact same time, could they?

Tune in tomorrow for Egg #3.

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