David Cawston
Mark 16:9-11

What is Easter all about?
The teacher was extremely enthusiastic. She looked at her class of four-year-olds and asked this question: ''Does any know what today is?'' A little girl held up her hand and said, ''Yes, today is Palm Sunday'' The teacher exclaimed, ''That's fantastic. That's wonderful. Now does anyone know what next Sunday is?'' The same little girl held up her hand. She said, ''Yes, next Sunday is Easter Sunday'' Once again the teacher said ''That's fantastic. Now, does anyone know what makes next Sunday Easter?'' The same little girl responded and said, ''Yes, next Sunday is Easter because Jesus rose from the grave'' Before the teacher could congratulate her, she kept on talking and said, ''But if he sees his shadow, he has to go back in for seven weeks.''

Let's go back to the original events!

The events leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection were at the least very traumatic. The physical darkness of the night when Jesus was betrayed added to the confusion and darkness of the events. After his arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane the disciples scattered. They were scared! Some looked on at a distance in hope he would get out of this! Peter we know denied that he knew the Lord! Judas went out in despair and committed suicide! They watched him being nailed to a cross! In disbelief some stood at the foot of the cross weeping. They hoped for a miracle at that moment but it did not happen. After all when would die it would all be over. No one comes back from the grave! Then He cried ''It is finished''. Well that must be it! The final curtain!

They were so disheartened and confused they just walked away. Nicodemous and Joseph of Armathea who were secret disciples went to Pilate and claimed the body of the Lord and buried it in a tomb. The other disciples gathered together in the upper room where they had last eaten supper now in bewilderment and fear. Not knowing what the future held. Th ...

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