Spotlight - Easter

Who wants everlasting life?

Hollywood is filled with stories that hint at the idea of Easter. There are characters -- from vampires (Twilight saga) to salesmen (Big Fish) who all want everlasting life. There are extraterrestrials (E.T.) and warm-hearted zombies (Warm Bodies) that rise from the dead. Death is the curse we all face. What is it about immortality that calls to us? God originally made us to live forever, not to die. Despite millennia of dying, death still feels foreign to us. Jesus died and rose from the dead in order to take away the curse, reconcile us to God, and bring to us everlasting life. As we prepare to teach at Easter, here are some interesting illustrations to engage your congregation or small group.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid [PG]  view

How do we deal with the curse?

This is a good illustration for an interesting introduction to Easter for tweens and young teens. Chirag's explanation of The Cheese Touch, is just a variation of stories that have come down through the ages, where violating a seemingly simple prohibition brings a terrible curse. G.K.... Continue Reading

John 1:29-34   Romans 5:6-15  

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe [PG]  view

Resurrection brings hope.

Sorrow is on the land of Narnia. The Great Lion, Aslan, has been slain to save the life of a young boy, Edmund, who had been a traitor. It seemed so unfair that Aslan, the innocent, had to die for Edmund, the guilty. But death could not hold the Lion, and here he is, back to life and ready to take... Continue Reading

Romans 4:23-25   Galatians 2:20  

Hereafter [PG-13]  view

Would you do anything to defeat death?

Some people, seeing this clip, would focus on George and comment on the seemingly occult nature of his ability. But I would rather we step back for a minute and take a look at the woman, Candace. She has come to George seeking secret knowledge. Her daughter has been taken by death, irrevocably... Continue Reading

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14   1 Corinthians 15:51-57  

The Ultimate Gift [PG]  view

The difficulty of death.

Emily hates the very idea of death; and she is right to feel that way. Despite its inevitability, deep in our hearts we know that death is unnatural and wrong, When people we love pass away, the sense of sorrow we feel is part of this recognition. Separation from loved ones is painful ??? but we... Continue Reading

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18   Ecclesiastes 3:11-15  

Epic [PG]  view

Jesus came to save a world in rebellion against Him.

For generations, season after season, year after year, the forces of life have fought against the forces of decay to keep the forest alive. In this final culmination of events, a massive battle is taking place over the Leaf Men's home of Moon Haven, and they do not have the power to save... Continue Reading

Genesis 3:22-23   Romans 3:11-12  

Easter - Quotations

Will Bloom: "A man tells his stories so many times that he becomes the stories. They live on after him, and in that way he becomes immortal."
-- Big Fish (2003)

Henry Frankenstein: "The brain you stole, Fritz. Think of it. The brain of a dead man waiting to live again in a body I made with my own hands! With my own hands."
Henry Frankenstein: "IT'S ALIVE!"
-- Frankenstein (1931)

The Terminator: "Come with me if you want to live!"
-- Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Angus Tuck: "If there's one thing I've learned about people, it's that many will do anything, anything not to die."
-- Tuck Everlasting (2002)

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