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What would you say are the three most important words in any language?  Many people might say “I love you”, because those three words show how much we care for someone ~ how much they mean to us.  An entire chapter of the Bible, First Corinthians 13 is called the love chapter and it ends with these words, “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” So love is definitely important!

We might also consider the words “I am sorry” because these three words have the power to transform a relationship. They require humility and trust, but when sincerely spoken, they bring us back to realizing something that may come as a great shock to us ~ we are not perfect!  When we are willing to admit we have been wrong, it is rather healing and quite positive!

Bible Reading

Jesus lived a remarkable life. The fact that Jesus lived a holy life is inspiring. The fact that Jesus performed miracles is powerful. If we only thought of his great love, we could feel blessed. But of infinite importance are these three words about the life of Jesus: “He is risen.”  Those words express what Jesus had previously told his disciples.

Jesus said, I am the resurrection and the life.  John 11:25

Jesus actually spoke those words to a grieving woman whose brother had died. Jesus raised her brother from the dead and her grief was turned to joy.  Later when Jesus died on the cross, his disciples mourned until on the third day, they received the good news “He is risen.”  We are also given the opportunity to understand the ultimate truth that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, but that was not the end. The resurrection assures Christians that God has the power to forgive our sins and to give us new life.

Discussion

  1. What do you think are the three most important words in the world?
  2. Who gives you the greatest hope?
  3. Why do Christians call Good Friday “good” since that is the day Jesus died on the cross?

Word List
transform – dramatic change
humility – showing that you do think of yourself as better than other people
holy – set apart for God
miracles – an event that cannot be explained by natural or scientific laws

Read more: John 11:17-43

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