Last Sunday, our Awesome Kids played 'Guess Who' - as some photographs of mystery people were shown on the screen we all tried to work out who they were. Some of them were very hard to recognise! But, with the help of the rest of the congregation we were eventually able to work most of them out.
We heard the story of Jesus appearing to his friends on the road to Emmaus. The friends took a while to recognise Jesus, just as we did with some of the mystery photos. When they realised it was Jesus they were so happy and excited they ran all the way back to Jerusalem to tell everyone they had seem him... and that Jesus and his love lives on.
I had a suitcase with me, which rather embarrassingly started to ring! It was my cell phone ringing from within! I answered the call, to find out it was someone with a message for our Awesome Kids - that Jesus loves us, and is with us always!
Jesus wants us to pass that message on to everyone - and inside my case were lots of different types of messages. Besides the phone call, there was a letter, a treasure map, a tiny scroll inside a glass bottle, a balloon, and the most puzzling of all was a piece of paper with a secret code!
The code was made up of raised dots. William was quick to work out that the message was written in Braille, which is what blind people use to read. Izak quickly whipped the braille message over to Halina, who was able to decode it for us all:
Love lives on.
We made treasure maps and messages in bottles, to remind us to look for Jesus in everyone we meet, and to pass on the message that Jesus's love lives on, and his love is for everyone.