Even though Jesus truly rose from the dead, not everyone believes.

Jesus is no longer in the tomb! Yesterday morning our kids heard the good news of the gospel and celebrated Jesus raising from the dead. We can only enjoy Easter baskets and eggs stuffed with candy most in light of the resurrection. The resurrection is one of the most critical parts of the gospel. Paul said it like this: “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins” (1 Corinthians 15:17). If Jesus had died but not risen again, we would all be lost. The resurrection is not an add-on to the cross. It is an integral part of the gospel message without which the gospel has no power!

This week everyone should be on Week 39 (page 273) in the "Old Story New" devotional book. Next week we will jump ahead a few weeks to end our time in the New Testament sitting under Jesus' Great Commission in Matthew 28 (Lesson 42). Starting Sunday May 7th we'll launch our new curriculum "Long Story Short" by starting our journey through the Old Testament. New devotionals for the Old Testament curriculum will be available at the resource table this Sunday (April 23) free of charge.

Lastly, this month's memory verse to be quoted May 7th is Isaiah 53:5-6. Kids go back to school tomorrow, can I get an amen? Praying for you as you navigate schedules and maximize the time to disciple your kids in the truth and towards Jesus.

Aaron