As we reflect during the season of Lent, Holy Week and Resurrection Day we can joyfully rest upon God’s unwavering love and promises. Our lessons from the Old Testament this year teach about the kings and prophets that God used to tell the nations about His goodness, love and promise of redemption through the coming Messiah. What a blessing to share this solid foundation with the children as well as the Good News and love of Jesus Christ, the promised Messiah and fulfilled prophecy!
There are times in the lives of our students (over 50% are non-churched) that they may be mocked or teased just like Jesus. We strive to nurture each of them, by sharing the hope and love of our perfect and blameless Lamb and keeping them in prayer. So while we celebrate Easter and his Resurrection, we celebrate that through this event, Jesus broke the power of sin and death and became the king of our hearts!
When Jesus was hanging on the cross, the skeptics and critics mocked him and said, “If you’re the Son of God, why don’t you just pull yourself down from that cross? Why don’t you just come down and show that you’re really God?” Yet Jesus had something more spectacular planned. He said, “I’m going to let you bury me for three days, and then I’ll come back to life to prove that I am who I say I am.” Jesus is the living proof, “He was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit” Romans 1:4. (Rick Warren, Saddleback Church)
Join us in celebrating the one living and true God! The one who showed His love for us, not only by his death on the cross, but His burial and resurrection. Tearing down the barrier that once separated us from Him, now we have free access to a life surrounded by His goodness and mercy. By partnering with us in Released Time, you will help us share this news with the 4th and 5th graders in the public elementary schools of Orange!
Blessings to you,
Chantell Tibbets, RTCE Director