Happy Easter! There is good news - Jesus rose from the dead. Jesus is alive! Today we can’t see Jesus walking on the earth like Mary and the disciples did. But if we believe that Jesus is the Son of God, and ask Him to forgive us for the wrong things we have done, then He will forgive us and we can live forever with Him. Enjoy celebrating Easter all week by remembering that Jesus is alive!
HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…
This week your child learned that Jesus is alive and wants to have a relationship with us. Jesus can live in our hearts. On the third morning after the crucifixion, some women, Mary, Mary Magdelene and Joanna, went to Jesus’ tomb to prepare His body for burial. When they neared the tomb, they realized the stone had been rolled away. They entered the tomb but did not find Jesus’ body. They were confused, but two men in gleaming clothes appeared. These men said, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” The women realized Jesus was alive! They were so excited and they went to tell the disciples. (Matthew 28:1-10, Mark 16:1-11, Luke 24:1-12 & John 20:1-18.)
- Jesus rose from the dead.
- Jesus is alive!
"But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners." Romans 5:8 (NLT)
Here’s a simple song to help your child (and you) memorize this week’s memory verse!
3 Activities that remind us that Jesus is Alive:
1. Gospel Food
During snack time, provide foods that are these different colors: yellow foods- unpeeled bananas or pineapple, black foods – blackberries or Oreos, red foods – strawberries, raspberries or cherries, white foods – cauliflower & ranch dressing or angel food cake, and green foods – broccoli or green grapes. Talk with your child as to why you chose these colors: yellow which stands for heaven, black stands for sin, red which represents Jesus’ blood that was shed on the cross, white which means forgiveness, and green which stands for growing in God by reading the Bible and praying. As your child is eating his snack, read to him from the Bible and talk with him using these questions:
- What did the women see when they came to the tomb?
- How was the stone rolled away?
- Where was Jesus?
- Who did the women go tell that Jesus was gone?
2. Retell the Story
Your child will make several props to help retell the story of Jesus and Easter. Using a round clothespin for Jesus, have your child draw a face on it and then for clothes wrap the pin with fabric scraps and tie with yarn. To make the cross, have your child glue two craft sticks together and decorate with markers. Grab a toilet paper roll, tissue paper, and a rock to make the tomb. Let your child cover the toilet paper roll with tissue paper so that it looks like a cave and seal the tomb with a rock the size of the end of the toilet paper roll. Lastly, have your child stretch out a couple of a large cotton balls so they look like clouds. Now your child can act out the story using the props. If he wants he can wrap Jesus’ body in gauze and place it in the tomb during that section of the story. Also if needed show your child how Jesus ascended into the clouds (cotton balls).
3. Finding Jesus
Play a simple game of hide and seek to help explain that Jesus rose from the tomb. Grab a laundry basket or a large cardboard box to be the cave and place it on its side. Cut the shape of a stone out of paper and tape it over the opening of the box. Next draw several simple pictures of Jesus and hide them around the room. Have your child look for the pictures of Jesus, telling him that Jesus’ friends didn’t know where He was. Lead your child to discover that Jesus is not in the tomb. When all the pictures are found, say the verse from Matthew 28:6 – He is not here, He is risen.
Jesus, thank You for loving us so much that You gave Your life for us on the cross. We praise You for being stronger even than death! Teach our hearts each day what it means to know You, love You and follow You.
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