the weeks leading up to Easter, our Deaf youth Bible lessons focus on
the events of Holy Week. We spend the entire time just
telling the story and giving the students a chance to act it
out. Then we have a separate lesson to review the stories and
explain what it all means for us today.
Last year, as I begin the final lesson, I asked the students to
summarize the previous lessons. Jennifer* was the first to
respond: "I don't know what happened last week, because I wasn't
here." Her classmates were more than glad to tell
When the students finished telling the first part of the story -- the
suffering and death of Christ -- I interrupted them to make the Gospel
application. Christ suffered and died in our place, taking
upon Himself the punishment that we deserve for our sins, so that we
can be forgiven. Judging from the discussion that followed,
it seemed that some of the students "got it."
In final minutes of the lesson, we reviewed the rest of the story --
the resurrection. The instant I put up the picture illustrating the
gloriously resurrected Christ standing before the open tomb, Jennifer
exploded with surprise and delight. "He's alive!?"
"Yes, Jennifer, Jesus lives. And because He lives,
you also will live forever with Him. And His resurrection
proves that all His promises that God forgives all your sins are true."
Judging by the brightness in Jennifer's eye and the smile on her face,
she "got it," too.
~~ Pastor Ron Friedrich