Peace Through His Life

Based on Luke 24:1-7, 36-47, Acts 1:8-11

Very early on Sunday morning (after Jesus’ death) the women went to the tomb to prepare Jesus’ body (ac- cording to their custom). They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. So they went in, but they didn’t find his body. Two angels suddenly appeared to them. The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the angels asked, “Why are you looking in a tomb for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He has risen from the dead! Remember that He had to be betrayed and be executed, and that he would rise again on the third day.”

Later when the followers were gathered, they were talking about these things. Suddenly, Jesus himself was standing there among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. But the whole group was frightened, thinking they were seeing a ghost! “Why do you doubt?” he asked. “Look at my hands. Look at my feet. You can see that it’s re- ally me. Touch me and make sure that I am not a ghost, because ghosts don’t have bodies.” Still they stood there in disbelief, filled with joy and wonder. Then he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave him some food, and he ate it.

Then Jesus explained to them that all this took place to fulfill God’s plan, that he, “the Promised Savior would suf- fer and die and rise from the dead on the third day.

Sometime later, Jesus was with his followers on a hill just outside of Jerusalem. He told them, “you will receive power when God’s Spirit comes. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—right here and to all parts of the earth.”

After he said this, he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him. As they strained their eyes to see him … two white-robed men suddenly stood among them. “Men,” they said, “why are you standing here staring at the sky? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!”

Drawing Elements: Women, Resurrection, Food (fish), God’s Spirit, Angels, Path/Church Growth Resurrection – Mirrors empty tomb Angels – Represents heaven/going up into the clouds Path (at wrist) – Made of the symbol of growth. Followers were commanded to go out and be witnesses

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