Small Group Study:
Read John 20:11-16 "But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher)." 
The day of Jesus' death was the saddest day of Mary's life. But the darkness turned to light when Jesus came back to life. Jesus' resurrection is the beginning of God making all the sad things in this world right.  

For Christians, death is not the end; we too will be raised to eternal life.  

Read 1 Corinthians 15:20-23  "But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ."
Jesus rose from the dead that first Easter Sunday. Jesus will come again and raise all Christians to eternal life.  

It is important to think about the realities of death, eternity, and the second coming of Christ. Let's take the opportunity in this small group time to think deeply about the heavy subject of our own death.  

If you died what type of message would you like leave behind for your family and friends to read? Take 5 minutes to write or outline a letter addressed to your family and friends to read after you are deadYou may keep this letter private. If you feel comfortable, please share something you wrote down with the group.
Christians can testify to the good news and hope found in Jesus through our funerals. We can tell friends and family what we believe is most important in life and that death is not the end for those who hope in Jesus, because Jesus is alive. Take some time to personally write down your answers to the following questions about your own funeral.  

What would you like to be said at your funeral? What song would you like to be sung at your funeral? What Bible verses would you like to be read at your funeral?

If you feel comfortable, please share your answers with the group.
Praise God that Jesus is alive and that in Jesus we too will have eternal life!