Jack and the Beanstalk
You remember the fairy tale of Jack and the Beanstalk, don’t you?
One night Jack planted a magic bean seed. Do you suppose that the seed died when Jack planted it? Of course,not! Out of it grew a beanstalk so tall that Jack could climb right up past the clouds to the castle of the giant!
You know that this story is only make-believe, but did you ever stop to think how wonderful it is that a big plant can grow from a tiny seed - provided, of course that the seed is put into the earth. There it ‘dies’ as a seed but produces a plant that will have many more seeds.
Now I’d like to tell you a story still more wonderful than Jack and the Beanstalk. This story really happened! The seed was not a bean but a BODY! The body of the Lord Jesus was ‘planted’ on Good Friday and was raised up on Easter Sunday! If you think that Jack’s bean was powerful, try to imagine how great was the power of Jesus’ body when it was planted. His body arose, a beautiful body, in which He is still living today - two thousand years later. He is in heaven now but soon He is coming back to earth.
Some of his power will be shown when he will cause millions of other bodies to rise from the grave. All boys and girls - and mothers and dads, too - who believe in Jesus and trust Him as their Savior will rise from their graves and have a new body just like Jesus’ body.
We will live forever in this new body with Jesus in heaven. Now this is why we celebrate Easter. Of course, it’s nice to get new clothes and eat candy eggs or chocolate bunnies, But the important thing is that Jesus rose from the dead. This is so unusual that many people do not believe it. The Romans saw to it that Jesus was really dead, and yet Jesus appeared alive to hundreds of people to show that He was really living again!
Now you can understand what Jesus meant when He said that unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains a single grain; but if it dies, it brings good harvest.1 By rising from the dead Jesus proved that He was really God.2 He wants you to be His follower so that you will also be raised up.3 Being a friend of God is the most wonderful way to live. Come to Jesus Now!
1. John 12:24
2. Romans 1:4
3. I Corinthians 6:14