11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. 13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. 15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).
John 20:11-16

As I was preparing my Middle School lesson for this week, I found an interactive story cut-out section for this particular lesson. I had to cut three different large cardboard cut-outs: one was John, one of Mary Magdalene, and one of Peter. Using a marker and a piece of paper I had to create a name tag for each of the characters, tape the name tag on the appropriate cut-out and leave it where everyone can see them for a couple of weeks. These characters are life size and it made me wonder which character would I be most like during the resurrection of Jesus in the Bible?

At the time of the Bible women weren’t valued. Jesus choose Mary to be the first person to witness HIS resurrection and then asked her to spread the news to HIS closest followers. Why her?

As I glanced at the cut-out of Mary Magdalene, I felt like I am more like her. Not because I am a woman and she is also, but because growing up as a rebellious teenager, I found Jesus and followed him through my ministry with teens. Never in a million years would I have imagined working with teens, especially for Christ. But God had other plans. I had felt unimportant in life and why would God choose me to further HIS kingdom?

Maybe we’ve felt unimportant or that nobody sees or notices us. But Easter proves that we’re not only important, but also important to God. He sent His Son, Jesus, to die for us so that we can be close to Him forever. Easter reminds us we’re all important no matter what!


Kathy Avens

Youth Director

High/Middle School

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