I'd like to share with you a story that I wrote. First half of it this time and the last half next time. Written by Mary Butler as told to her by Mrs. Easter Bunny.
Mrs.Bunny pulled her little bunnies to church in their wagon. As she strolled along, she told them this story:
Once, a long time ago, God came to Earth as a Man. He had lost all the people on the Earth to the devil and He wanted to get them back. He had a Plan. He would become a Man Himself and die to get them back.
So He became a Baby and was born to a girl named Mary who was chosen to be His mother. She was a virgin and she was going to marry a man named Joseph. He was very surprised to find out that she was going to have a baby, but he felt better when an angel told him what had happened to her. Joseph and Mary had to make a trip to Bethlehem, and that's where the Baby Jesus was born. Jesus was both Man and God.
Jesus talked to God as He grew up and learned many things, including the Plan to get all the people back from the devil. He taught people about God and He healed and delivered those who were sick. Several men and women joined Him as He walked all over the country ministering to the people. In a few years, Jesus knew that it was time for Him to do God's Plan.
He knew that to do this Plan would be very hard, so He prayed very hard to God. But, there was no other way ... He had to die on a cross to get the people back. He would do it!
That night Jesus was arrested, taken away and beaten. He was asked many questions, and many people lied about Him. But it was God's will that He die, so He didn't say anything to defend Himself.
Reverend Robert W. & Mary C. Butler