In preparation for Easter Sunday, 4Soils has teamed up with David C. Cook publishers of great Sunday School curriculum to bring you resources for you and your child!
Of course, don’t forget to read the story in Sproutville! Which is made available for FREE to everyone between now and Easter Sunday 4/20/14
Three chapters of the Easter story from Gethsemane to the cross to the resurrection on Sproutville!
Why do you believe that Jesus is alive? Luke 23:46—24:12 reports Jesus’ victory over the grave as historical fact. Other eyewitness accounts in the Bible as well as Old Testament prophecy support Luke’s account. But the women who went to the tomb did not go expecting to find Christ alive. They went because they had known the love of Jesus. They wanted to honor their memories of Him.
When the 11 disciples were told what the women had seen, they didn’t believe that Jesus was alive. Even though Jesus had told them it would happen, they didn’t believe. Did Peter run to the tomb expecting to find Christ alive? He went away wondering what had happened (Luke 24:12). What did it take for Peter and the other disciples to believe that Jesus is alive?
The women, Peter, and the other disciples believed that Jesus is alive when they had a personal encounter with the risen Lord. Not until we encounter the risen Lord can we truly believe that Jesus is alive.
As you celebrate that Jesus is alive, thank Him for what His death does for you. Prepare your heart to worship our risen Lord. Then let that excitement overflow as you worship with the children.
Tips for Discussing this with your Children
Children this age are eager to embrace the wonder of Bible stories that teach about God’s power. They don’t need to understand how God does a miracle in order to accept the fact that He can do miracles. This lesson is an opportunity for you to encourage their natural sense of wonder about God.
- Children are very trusting. Don’t assume that they, like Peter and the disciples, will doubt that Jesus is alive. They will believe the Bible. Encourage their faith by confidently stating that Jesus rose from the dead and is alive.
- Share with the children your own joy and wonder over the Resurrection. Share what is meaningful to you about the ways your family/church celebrates that Jesus is alive. Point out to them special decorations, traditions, or music that show the joy of this occasion.
- Give the children time and opportunity to respond to the lesson. Each part of the lesson is designed to help you interact with the children and what they believe about Jesus being alive.
Activity: True or Not?
This activity will teach children they can believe Jesus is alive. The activity will get children thinking about things they believe.
Instructions to children: Listen to some sentences I read. If you think what I say is true, show a thumbs-up. If you don’t believe it’s true, show a thumbs-down.
Read each statement below one at a time. After each one, let the children show what they think. All of the statements are true. The information following the statements gives details on why they are true.
- It snows in the middle of summer. The snowflakes almost always melt into raindrops before they reach the ground, except in very cold places like the North Pole.
- Your fingernails and your hair are made of the same stuff. Both are made of keratin. A bird’s feathers are also made of keratin.
- A little frog in South America is the most dangerous animal in the world. The skin of just one poison arrow frog contains enough poison to kill hundreds of people. People put the poison on the tips of arrows. Lions and poisonous snakes are dangerous, but it would be hard for one lion or snake to kill hundreds of people.
- The humps of a camel do not hold water. The humps are fat. Fat gives food energy so camels can go a long time without food. Their stomachs hold a lot of water.
- Hummingbirds can fly backward. Hummingbirds can rotate their wings similar to the way we can rotate our shoulders. This allows them to push backward just as we can swim in a backward direction.
- Sponges are animals. Sponges are like sea anemones. They are animals that attach to rocks. They don’t have eyes.
- Glass is made from rock. Sand, lime, and soda, which come from rocks, are melted together to make glass.
All these statements are true. You should have believed every one and given it a thumbs-up. Let’s talk about what you believe.
- What is something you know is true? Let the children tell their ideas. Some children might tell things you are certain are not true. This is okay. Simply acknowledge what they say.
- What does it mean to believe something? Believe means we accept something is true. We believe things we are completely sure of. Make sure your children understands what it means to believe something. Give an example, such as: The sun rises in the morning and sets in the evening.
- What are some things you believe? They might talk about believing people love them, the day of the week, their name, God’s love, the Bible is God’s Word, and so on
Bible Story Review Questions
Q: Who died on a cross?
A: Jesus died on a cross.
Q: What is a tomb?
A: A tomb is a cave for burying dead people.
Q: Why did the women go back to the tomb?
A: They wanted to put spices and perfume on Jesus’ body.
Q: What surprised the women at the tomb?
A: The tomb was open. The stone was already moved away.
Q: Who suddenly stood beside the women?
A: Two angels.
Q: What did the angels tell the women?
A: Jesus is alive.
Q: What did the women do?
A: They remembered what Jesus said. They went to tell the disciples what they saw and heard.
Q: Who believed that Jesus is alive?
A: Peter, the disciples, and the women believed Jesus is alive.
Q: What can we believe about Jesus?
A: We can believe that Jesus is alive.
Let’s use our prayer time to talk with Jesus about what we believe. You might want to tell Jesus that you believe He is alive and thank Him for rising from the dead. Begin a time of silent individual prayer, then close your prayer time.
Here is a suggested close.
“Dear Jesus, thank You for rising from the dead and that You are alive. In Your name I pray. Amen.”