REDEEMING THE CHAOS

More Questions Than Answers – Come and See! Chapter 28
Laurie Christine
Laurie Christine
April 1, 2021

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Welcome to this special Easter edition of Redeeming the Chaos with Laurie Christine! 

Come and See! 30 Family Bible Stories for Easter

A FAMILY DEVOTIONAL FOR EASTER

For 30 days leading up to Easter, I will be reading to you from my easter devotional book, Come and See! 30 Family Bible Stories for Easter.  

Today, I am reading Come and See! Chapter 28 – MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS.

Come and See!  invites families of elementary-aged children to experience firsthand the anticipation, the sorrow, the tragedy, the fear, and the ultimate triumph of Jesus’ death and resurrection. 

Through the eyes of six eye witnesses, you will be led on a journey through the busyness of  the streets of Jerusalem, to the despair of Golgotha, and finally to the celebration of the empty grave.

This bookincludes 30 short devotional stories, each with accompanying Scripture references and questions for discussion and imagination.

We are going to be reading one story each day leading up to Easter.  You’re welcome to grab the kids and listen together for your family Bible time.  Or, if you would rather read to your kids on your own, you can DOWNLOAD A FREE COPY OF THE ENTIRE EBOOK HERE.

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MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS – Told by Peter, a disciple of Jesus

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I left the tomb that morning and headed back to Bethany, with more questions in my head than answers. My heart was pounding and my head spinning. I didn’t know what to believe.

peter, disciple of jesus

It was Sunday morning of the third day after Jesus had been crucified. I still couldn’t believe he was gone. It all seemed so surreal. I thought back to the last time I had seen him — when he had looked me in the eye after the rooster crowed. I had never felt so ashamed in my entire life. I was frustrated with myself for being so weak-willed. Why couldn’t I just tell them I was with Jesus? Why was I so afraid? 

Several of us disciples had gathered at the home of a friend in Bethany, where we had all been staying since we’d arrived in Jerusalem. James, John, and I were discussing the events of the week and talking about what we would do next with our lives now that Jesus was gone. Should we just go back to Galilee? It had been ages since I had been out on my fishing boat.

We were all a bit on edge that morning, concerned that the Jewish leaders may try to arrest some of Jesus’ followers. Just as we sat down to eat breakfast, there was a frantic banging at the front gate. Had the soldiers come to arrest us as well? A few moments later, a servant girl came back to the room, bringing with her Mary Magdalene. 

We barely had a chance to greet Mary before she blurted out, “He’s alive! I have seen him! The tomb is empty! Jesus has risen from the grave!”

John and I exchanged hesitant glances. An empty tomb? Surely this couldn’t be. Maybe the Roman guards had decided to move Jesus’ body to a more secure location or something. 

“Mary, are you sure?” I asked, skeptical that she was telling us the truth. We were all sleep deprived and exhausted. Maybe she had just been hallucinating. 

“I swear to you,” Mary said earnestly. “There was an angel at the tomb who told us that Jesus is alive, and then I actually saw him with my very own eyes!”

Well, this was something I would have to see for myself. I jumped up from the table. “I’m going to check this out and see what’s going on,” I announced.

“I’m coming with you,” John said as he stood. We headed out the door and began to run, barely daring to hope that what Mary told us was true. Jerusalem was a few miles away, and since John was a faster runner, he beat me to the tomb.

As soon as I caught up with him, I noticed that the huge stone that had been guarding the entrance to the tomb had been rolled away, and there were no guards in sight. I ducked my head as I crouched through the low entrance of the cave. Cool, damp air wafted from deep within the tomb, and a chill went up my spine. 

Indeed, Mary was correct with at least one part of her story: There was clearly no body to be found. Had it been removed? Did someone take Jesus’ body to another tomb? The linen cloths that had been used to wrap Jesus’ head and body were lying there on the stone slab. Surely, if someone had taken the body, they wouldn’t have unwrapped it first, would have they? I left the tomb that morning and headed back to Bethany, with more questions in my head than answers. My heart was pounding and my head spinning. I didn’t know what to believe.


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“Be strong and courageous, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” 

JOSHUA 1:9

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