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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 words:

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.” The resurrection assures Christians that God has the power to forgive our sins and to give us new life.

But the angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here, for he is risen, as he said.’  Matthew 28:5-6

Discussion

  1. What are three significant words from the Bible that you see in this article?
  2. In the Bible Jesus predicts not only his death, but also that he will be raised to life ~ this is called the resurrection which is celebrated on Easter Sunday.

    Jesus said, ‘I must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.’ Luke 9:22

    It is significant that Jesus lived and then died.  How significant is it that Jesus died and then lives?

  3. Why do you think Christians call Good Friday “good” since it is the day Jesus died on the cross?

Word List
transform – dramatic change
humility – a personal quality or virtue that you do not look down on others and do not 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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