“He is not here. He has RISEN! Just as he said.”  (Matthew 28:6; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:6)

Sammy was a little boy born with Down syndrome who attended his third-grade Sunday School class faithfully each week. As you can expect, the other children didn’t readily accept Sammy because he seemed different.

On Easter Sunday, their teacher brought in small boxes–one for each child. The children were told to go outside, find some symbols of new life, and put them in their containers. So the children ran wildly throughout the property looking for something to fill their boxes.

Once they returned to the classroom, they began to share their discoveries with the class. One by one they opened their boxes to show flowers, butterflies, leaves, and more. Each time the class would “ooh” and “ahh.” Then Sammy opened his box to reveal nothing inside. The other children exclaimed, “That’s stupid! It’s not fair! He didn’t do the assignment right!” But enthusiastically, Sammy exclaimed, “I did so do it! It’s empty – because the tomb where Jesus laid was found empty!”

Friends, if Jesus had not risen from the dead, our faith would be foolish and fake.

But He did rise from death, confirming His life and message.  “… because I live, you also will live” (John 14:19).

The resurrection of Jesus is the basis for our hope of life eternal beyond the grave.

Because He conquered sin on the cross and death through His resurrection, we can have unmistakable hope in Him for eternity.