Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures . . . he was buried . . . he was raised on the third day according to the scriptures. (1 Cor. 15:3–4)

WHEN MY SON WAS FIVE, he did a school project on sharks that went beyond his kindergarten teacher’s expectations. We pored over books spread on our living room floor. We made a shark piñata and a shark video. And he talked nonstop, dumping fact after fact about whale sharks and hammerhead sharks and great white sharks and saw sharks and nurse sharks. His passion was contagious and his astounding intellect made me glow with pride. It’s a story my family still talks about, twenty years later. “Remember that shark project Chad did?” someone will say.

The family in Christ has a story we can’t stop talking about too, a story that has far more significance. When talking about it, Paul introduced it by saying, “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance” (1 Cor. 15:3). This is the story: Christ died on the cross. He was buried. He rose again. And He did it all for us!

No wonder we can’t stop talking about it!

May we never quit marveling at the thrill of the resurrection story. May God stamp it onto our hearts. May we love bumping into others who want to remember it with us and look forward to sharing it with those who have never heard. “I love to tell the story,” the old gospel song goes. “‘Twill be my theme in glory / To tell the old, old story / of Jesus and His love.”

Begin reading the book of John today.

Heather Gemmen Wilson is the author of the Global Warning Series, a fiction series for preteens, and she inspires young minds as a professor of creative writing.

© 2018 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission.