I’ve started to get in the habit of preparing for a children’s sermon in the same way I do the regular sermon. So, after some studying, I wrote the following down for yesterday’s sermon. The gospel used is the one for Easter Evening in the lectionary.
‘We’ll Leave the Light On For You” (Children’s Sermon)
Second Sunday of Easter
April 7, 2013
First Christian Church
So, I have a story to tell you.
There were these two guys walking down the road from Jerusalem. They were going to village named Emmaus. Jesus had risen from the dead and decided to join his friends, but he didn’t tell them who he was and his friends didn’t recognize him at first. They’re kind of sad that Jesus had died and now it was the third day when he said he would rise from the dead. His body is gone from the tomb and they don’t know where it went.
So, Jesus uses this opportunity to talk to them and he tells the all about him and what was going to happen and why it had to happen.
This took a long time because when they got to Emmaus, the two disciples asked Jesus to stay with them for the night since it was getting dark and the roads could be dangerous. They were practicing something called hospitality, welcoming people into their home or protecting them from harm.
When Jesus joined them for dinner, he broke bread which was a Jewish custom for giving thanks to God. It was then the two men realized that this was Jesus! And just like that, he was gone. He dissappeared. The two got up and ran back to Jerusalem to tell the others that Jesus was alive!
Why do you think this story is important? There are a lot of reasons but one is how important is to welcome people including strangers, people we don’t know. One writer said we should always be hospitable because we might be welcoming angels and don’t know it! The two men welcomed Jesus and didn’t know it, but because they did, they got to see Jesus.
When we welcome people, we might see Jesus in those people. Let’s pray.