My Favorite After-Easter Story!
By B.A. Snider
Now, how can I have a favorite after-Easter story when the story of the cross and the resurrection is indeed the greatest story ever told? Yes, I love the Easter story of our amazing Savior Jesus who loved us so much that he left his heavenly throne and came to earth, lived a perfect life, died on the cross for our sins, and rose from the dead on the third day.
Indeed, the greatest story ever told continues as we read in Luke 24 the story of Jesus and the two people on the road to Emmaus. This is my favorite after-Easter story. Read these words from Luke 24:25–27:
“And he said to them, ‘O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?’ And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.”
Can you imagine what that would have been like to hear Jesus explain ALL of the Scriptures? The two themselves describe it this way in verse 32: “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” The stories of the Old Testament point to Jesus and tell us God’s plan of redemption over and over and over again.
One of my favorite tellings and artistically brilliant visuals of this story is from The Big Picture Story Bible for children. It reads, “Jesus opened up God’s holy book that had been written long ago. He started with the books of Moses and then the Prophets and the Psalms. He showed them everything that was written there about him.”
Now do you see why this is my favorite after-Easter story? It reminds me to teach to the children ALL of the Bible stories concerning Jesus. And that begins all the way back in Genesis when we see the first promise of Jesus in chapter 3. It continues through the people in the Old Testament through whom God tells his story as he works in their lives.
We see Jesus in the story of Abraham being told to offer his only son as a sacrifice, only to have God provide another sacrifice. We see Jesus in the story of Ruth when God provides Boaz as her kinsman-redeemer. We see Jesus in the story of David when we learn of God’s promise that from David’s line would be a king who would reign forever.
The Big Picture Story Bible puts it this way: “Painted on the pages of Israel’s hard and happy history is the big picture of God’s forever king.” Jesus is the story of the Bible from beginning to end. Begin afresh this week to teach your children the before-Easter story, the Easter story, and the after-Easter story.
B.A. Snider has more than 20 years’ experience as a children’s director in churches. She began her formal ministry as a children’s director and consultant in 1993, but she has taught and led music for children since she was in junior high school. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee and taught college until the Lord called her to seminary and full-time ministry. She graduated with a master’s degree in Christian Education from Columbia International University. Speaking at conferences, consulting with leadership, and training teachers brought her to Great Commission Publications (www.gcp.org) in 2014 as the Children’s Ministry Consultant and Marketing Director.