This past Sunday was Senior Night. We recognized this years only senior, Rachel Monk. We started off the night by playing a couple different versions of one of the students favorite games: Rock Paper Scissor. Version One was “Egg, Chicken, Dinosaur”. Everyone starts out as an egg and waddling around. The students that wins their round of rock, paper, scissors becomes a chicken and clucks like a chicken until they find another chicken to play against. The winner becomes a dinosaur, and walks around roaring like a dinosaur. The winner of that round becomes a prince or princess, and prances around holding a pretend scepter. The winner of that round becomes a king or queen and completes the game. Students that lose their round go back to whatever they were the previous round. You can check out the video of the game below.
The second version that we played was “Ninja, Cowboy, Bear”. Students stand back to back until they hear “rock, paper, scissors, shoot”. Students then turn around and assume the pose and make the noise of whatever their choice was. Ninja beats cowboy, cowboy beats bear, and bear beats ninja. Students who lose their round are out, and the game is over when you have one student remaining. You can check out the video of this version below as well:
The message showed the story of the disciples after Jesus had been crucified. John 20:19-22NIV says,
19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
The disciples had spent most of the last 3 years of their lives around Jesus. Jesus was their teach, mentor, and role model. Jesus is crucified and everything the disciples thought they knew was challenged. Was Jesus really the Messiah? How was he going to deliver the Jews now that he had been crucified? The disciples were probably struggling with a variety of emotions: fear, confusion, loneliness, betrayal, feeling inadequate, rejection, etc. Many of us, if in the position of the disciples, may wonder how Jesus could say, “Peace be with you” the first time he shows himself after raising from the dead. We see in John 16:7 that Jesus was preparing the disciples for what they were about to face: “But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.”
The disciples knew Jesus physically, but Jesus wanted the disciples to be able to experience him in their thoughts and emotions as well. John 16:7 shows Jesus promising to send the “Advocate”, or the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, or the Spirit of God, allows us to experience God in every part of our lives. Before the disciples could experience this, Jesus had to leave them.
If we go back to our original passage in John 20:19-22, we see where it says that Jesus “breathed” on the disciples. The Greek word for breathed has the same meaning as the Hebrew word for breathed that is used in Genesis 2:7- Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. Jesus was breathing new life (spiritually) the same way that he had breathed life into Adam (physically). This story and passage of Scripture shows when the church started. This story shows the disciples being “born again” or beginning a new life and relationship with Christ. The disciples had to walk through a hard chapter of their story before they could experience the fullness of what God had planned for them.
Just like the disciples were unsure if they had what it took to overcome obstacles in their lives they were able to look back on what they had witnessed Jesus do in their lives. Unfortunately, there are times that we have to go through a hard chapter in the story of our lives. The important thing to remember is that God always has a way of drawing us closer to him and taking us to new heights in our walk with him when we trust in him. Whatever chapter of your story you may be walking through, allow God to breathe new life into you as you develop a stronger faith and trust in him!
We closed out the night with watching a short PowerPoint Presentation about Rachel Monk, and then had cake and ice cream to close out Senior Night.
Be Blessed and we will see you Sunday!