In The Beginning
Contrary to what we may have always thought, the starting point for Easter isn’t the waving of palm branches or the Last Supper. It even goes back farther than the birth of Jesus. The starting point for Easter began long before Jesus became flesh and walked this Earth. In fact, it began in the garden with Adam and Eve and God. The Easter story is a story about restoring what is broken—both in us and in our world. And it all began in the beginning.
Session One: A Man & A Woman (April 10, 2011)
The garden of Eden was as good as it gets. God called everything in it “good”—including Adam and Eve. But it all changed with one choice and one action. That was all it took to affect the course of history forever. As a result, humanity was broken. It doesn’t take much effort to see that in the people around us. And if we’re honest, it doesn’t take much effort to see that in us as well. But the beauty in Jesus’ death and resurrection is that it redeems our brokenness. And in the process, we see part of God’s character we may never have seen otherwise.
Session One Parent Cue: What is broken in our world? In our community? In our family? In you personally?
Session Two: A World (April 17, 2011)
You and I aren’t the only things broken, are we? Our world is a broken place. Sin destroyed not only humanity’s goodness, it destroyed a good world. All we have to do is turn on the news or go online to see it. But the Bible promises that one day it will all be restored. What has been broken all this time will finally be made right. But until that day comes, we can give the world a glimpse of that restoration to come. We can be a part of restoring the things that are broken in all creation. And when we do this, people will be able to see outwardly what Christ has done internally.
Session Two Parent Cue: How can you and I be a part of joining with Jesus to restore some of the broken things we see? What role can we play? And what things can only Jesus do?