Bible Passage: Matthew 26–28; 1 Corinthians 15
Story Point: EASTER: Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection
Key Passage: John 3:30
Children’s Lesson: EASTER: Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection
Show videos: There is a video for Elementary, and one for Early Childhood. If you have children in both age groups, show both!
Discussion Time: Follow up with the following questions. Answers are provided, but first see what your child comes up with.
Early Childhood 2-5 years old:
1. What had Jesus done wrong? (nothing)
2. What was rolled in front of the tomb? (a large stone)
3. Who went to Jesus’ tomb on the third day? (two of Jesus’ friends, both named Mary)
4. What made the women happy at the tomb? (Jesus had risen. He was alive!)
5. What did Jesus tell the women to do? (tell His friends to go to Galilee to meet Him)
6. Why did Jesus become human? Jesus became human to rescue sinners.
Elementary 1st-5th Grade:
1. What did the religious leaders want to do with Jesus? (kill Him, Matt. 26:66)
2. What sign was hung above Jesus on the cross? (THIS IS JESUS, KING OF THE JEWS, Matt 27:37)
3. Who saw Jesus raised from the dead? (Mary Magdalene, Peter and the disciples, and more than 500 other people; Matt. 28:1,16; 1 Cor. 15:5-8)
4. How can you know if you are saved? Guide kids to see it is not our feelings that save us, it is God’s grace given to us through faith. (Eph. 2:8-9) Help them understand that salvation comes to everyone who trusts in Jesus. (Rom. 10:9) Explain what is written in the Bible—we can know that we are saved, even if we don’t feel saved or do sometimes choose sin. (1 John 5:12-13)
5. Why is the resurrection so important? Discuss Jesus’ role as a substitute. Jesus died for our sins because He had no sin. If He had stayed dead, it would have meant His sacrifice wasn’t enough. Jesus’ resurrection ensures that we will live forever with God because it proved that sin is paid for completely.
6. What does it mean to have eternal life? Help kids understand that eternal life is more than just a place with God after we die. Point out that our new life begins as soon as we believe the truth about Jesus. We become new creatures. Our current lives reflect that change through loving obedience to Jesus, and we look to the future when Jesus will return and fix all that sin has broken.
Activity: Make Resurrection Rolls!