Kids Lesson: Jesus Appeared To The Disciples
Jesus Appeared to the Disciples–Luke 24, John 20
God made Jesus alive again! Jesus visited many people so they would know He is alive. Jesus is still alive today. We have not seen Jesus, but if we believe in Him, we will be blessed. He wants us to tell others the good news about Him.
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“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me, even if he dies, will live.” - John 11:25
Bible Story - Jesus Appeared To The Disciples
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On the first day of the week, in the evening, Jesus’ disciples met together in a house. They locked the doors because they were afraid. They didn’t want to be killed too. But now some of the disciples were saying they had seen Jesus alive. Could it be true? As the disciples talked, Jesus came and stood right there with them. “Peace to you!” He said. Jesus’ disciples were afraid! Maybe they were seeing a ghost. “Look at Me,” Jesus said. “Touch Me. A ghost does not have skin and bones, but I do.” Jesus showed them His hands and His side. They saw where Jesus had been hurt. Jesus was alive! What good news! The disciples were so happy. Jesus’ disciples gave Jesus some fish to eat. Jesus talked to them and explained the Bible to them. “The Bible is about Me,” Jesus said. Then Jesus told them that they had a job to do. Jesus had died and was raised from the dead so that people could be forgiven for their sins. Jesus’ disciples needed to tell other people to turn away from sin and be forgiven. Jesus said, “God sent Me to earth. Now I am sending you.” One of Jesus’ disciples, Thomas, was not with the other disciples when Jesus visited them. Thomas did not believe that they saw Him. “I want to see and touch the holes in His hands and His side, or I will never believe!” Thomas said. Eight days later, the disciples were together again. This time, Thomas was with them. Jesus came in and stood with them. “Peace to you!” Jesus said. Then Jesus told Thomas, “Touch the marks on My hands and My side. I am alive! Believe it!” Thomas did believe. “My Lord and my God!” he said. Jesus said, “You believed because you saw Me. Those who believe in Me without seeing Me are blessed.”
Bible Story Summary
- Jesus’ disciples met together.
- Jesus appeared to His disciples in the house where they were meeting.
- They saw where Jesus had been hurt and believed He was alive.
- Later Jesus appeared to Thomas, and Thomas believed.
- How would you have felt if you were in the room when Jesus appeared?
- Why did Jesus visit so many people after His resurrection?
- Do you believe that Jesus is alive today? Why?
- Look at any scars family members have from injuries or surgeries as appropriate. Talk about how Jesus let Thomas feel His scars.
- Serve fish for dinner one night this week. Remind kids that Jesus ate fish after He rose from the dead.
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Act Out Emotions
Comment that not only our faces show when we are happy, sad, and scared, but our bodies do too. Show kids how you act when you are happy, sad, and scared. Retell the Bible story, leading preschoolers to play out how the disciples felt with their faces and bodies.
Jesus’ disciples locked the doors to the house they were in. How did they feel?
Some of Jesus’ other disciples said they had seen Jesus alive. How did the rest of the disciples feel?
Jesus came and stood right there in the room with His disciples. How did they feel?
Jesus showed His disciples His hands and His side where He had been hurt. How did they feel?
Jesus’ disciple, Thomas, was not there when Jesus appeared to the others. How did he feel?
Later, Jesus appeared again to the disciples when Thomas was there. How did he feel?
Say: God made Jesus alive again! That’s the best reason of all to have a smile on our faces! Jesus appeared to His disciples and many other people so they would know He is alive. We have not seen Jesus, but if we believe in Him, we will be blessed. He wants us to tell others the good news about Him.
Elementary Discussion Questions
Help your kids find John 20. Ask the following questions:
Why did the disciples lock themselves indoors? (They feared those who had killed Jesus, John 20:19)
Which disciple wasn’t there? (Thomas, John 20:24)
What evidence did Thomas say he would need to believe Jesus rose? (to see and touch Jesus’ wounds, John 20:25)
Was it sinful for Thomas to demand proof? Discuss Thomas’ reaction. Scripture isn’t clear on whether Thomas’ reaction was sinful or not, but he wasn’t just doubtful—he refused to believe. Additionally, Thomas was ignoring the evidence that had already been presented: Jesus told them He would rise again, and when the other disciples told Thomas they’d seen Jesus, he still refused to believe.
Is it wrong to want evidence before believing something? Ensure the kids understand that having doubts isn’t wrong. Remind them that we shouldn’t believe something on blind faith—that is, with no evidence at all. Help them see that we have lots of evidence that the Bible is true, and the Bible itself is evidence that Jesus is who He said He is.
What should we do when we doubt? Guide kids to think through whom they can talk to if they have doubts about their faith or the Bible. Remind them that they are not alone. Pray for them to have faith despite occasional doubt.
Jesus proved He is alive. The death and resurrection of Jesus is one of the most well-documented historical events of the ancient world. The Bible provides enough evidence to show that all Jesus’