Over the past few weeks we have learned how Jesus has power over sickness, power to give us what we need, and power over nature. That is enough right there to stop and rejoice, but it gets even better. Through the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead we learn that He has power even over death. What joy and what hope we have in Christ! Let the truth of His power encourage you as you share these activities with your little ones this week.
HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…
This week your child learned that Jesus was able to do things nobody else can do. He even has power over death. One day, Lazarus became very sick. His sisters, Mary and Martha, sent a messenger to tell Jesus they needed him right away. Jesus waited two days before even starting his trip to go see them. Before Jesus got to them Lazarus died. Mary and Martha were very sad and told Jesus their brother would still be alive if he had gotten there in time. Jesus was so sad to see Martha and Mary crying that he cried, too. Then he got up, went to the grave of Lazarus and said, “Lazarus, come out!” Lazarus came out of the tomb wrapped in burial clothes. He was alive! (John 11:1-44)
- A miracle is something wonderful only God can do.
- Jesus has power over death.
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
Psalm 139:14 (NIV)
Here’s a simple song to help your child (and you) memorize this week’s memory verse!
3 Activities that remind us Jesus is powerful:
1. Act it Out
Grab a couple of clean toilet paper tubes, a regular size paper towel sheet. Help your child cut the paper towel into strips. Begin to wrap the strips around the toilet paper roll, gluing or taping as you go. Be sure to leave space towards the top to draw in the eyes with a marker. Take another toilet paper tube and help your child make Jesus by gluing yarn for hair and drawing a face and clothes on the tube. Act out the story by placing Lazarus under a paper towel like he is in a grave and have Jesus call him out. Then talk about the story using these questions:
- What is a miracle? (something wonderful only God can do)
- What happened to Lazarus?
- Who brought Lazarus back to life?
- Who has power over death?
2. Snack Wrap
Use a large paper or Styrofoam cup and cut a large half oval out of the side starting at the top. Let your child color the cup so it looks like a tomb. For snack time, have your child take a gingerbread boy “Lazarus” and wrap and fold a coffee filter around him and tie him up with yarn. Turn the cup upside down and have your child place the wrapped up Lazarus in the cup. Pretend to be Jesus and call Lazarus out of the tomb by taking him out of the cup and unwrapping him from the coffee filter.
3. Lazarus, Come Out!
Have your child wrap up in a blanket or towel and get under a large box or laundry basket. Jesus called out to Lazarus, so do the same by saying “Lazarus, Come Out!” Then have your child stand up and come out of the laundry basket.
Dear God, we know you are so powerful you can do anything! We can call you when we need help and you will answer us. Even though we sometimes have to wait until you are ready to help, you will always come to us and help us with even the hardest things we can imagine. Help us to trust in your perfect timing.
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