Kids Lesson: Jesus Raised Lazarus
Jesus Raised Lazarus - John 11
Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. He showed that He has power over death. Jesus died on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead. Those who trust in Jesus will live forever with Him.
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Bible Story - Jesus Raises Lazarus
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Lazarus and Jesus were friends. One day, Lazarus got sick. His sisters, Mary and Martha, sent a message to Jesus. “Lord, Your friend Lazarus is sick,” they said. Jesus said to the disciples, “Lazarus’ sickness will not end in death. This sickness will show how great God is and how great the Son of God is.” By the time Jesus got to the place Lazarus lived, he was dead and had been buried in a tomb for four days. Martha hurried to meet Jesus. “Lord, if You had been here, my brother Lazarus would not have died.” But Martha knew Jesus could do a miracle. “I know God will give You whatever You ask from Him,” she said. Jesus said, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha believed Jesus. She thought Lazarus would rise from the dead at the end of time. But Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.” He said that people who believe in Him may die in their bodies, but God will raise them from the dead. “Do you believe this?” Jesus asked. Martha said, “Yes, Lord. I believe You are the Messiah—the Son of God?" Then Martha went home to get her sister, Mary. Mary came and fell at Jesus’ feet. She said, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother Lazarus would not have died!” Mary was crying. Jesus cried too. Mary took Jesus to the cave where Lazarus was buried. A big stone covered the opening. Jesus told the people to move the stone. Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.” Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” Lazarus came out of the tomb, wrapped in cloth. He was alive! Jesus said, “Unwrap him and let him go.”
Bible Story Summary
- Jesus’ friend Lazarus was sick. Jesus went to Lazarus’ home, but he had died.
- Jesus said He is the resurrection and the life.
- Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.
- Why do you think Jesus waited before going to Lazarus?
- How would you feel if you saw Lazarus come out of the tomb?
- How did Lazarus’ sickness show how great Jesus is?
- Put together a care package for someone who is sick. Deliver it as a family and pray for healing.
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Call By Name
Drape a blanket over a table to create a “tomb.” Invite one child to look away while you quietly invite another child to hide in the tomb. Explain that the first child may turn around when you say, “[Child’s name], if only you had been here!” She will then guess who is in the tomb by shouting, “[Second child’s name], come out!” If his name is called, he will come out, and new children may play each role.
Say: Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead simply by calling for him! Even Mary and Martha did not expect Jesus to call their brother out of the tomb that day. That’s why they were so disappointed that Jesus had not come to heal Lazarus while he was still alive. Jesus showed that He has power over death. Jesus Himself rose from the dead after dying on the cross for our sins. People who believe in Him may die, but God will call them by name to rise again and live forever with him!
Elementary Discussion Questions
Help your kids find John 11 Ask the following questions:
How long had Lazarus been in the tomb when Jesus arrived in Bethany? (four days, John 11:17)
Who did Martha say Jesus is? (the Messiah, the Son of God; John 11:27)
What happened when Jesus told Lazarus to come out? (Lazarus obeyed, John 11:44)
How can we know Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God? Guide kids to think about what Jesus said about Himself, what others said about Jesus, and what Jesus’ actions communicated. Remind the kids that only God has power over death. Jesus is God the Son, and we can trust what the Bible says about Him.
What does it mean to live even if you die? Direct kids to think about the new life we receive through Jesus. Help the kids think through both the abundant life we receive as soon as we become Christians and the resurrection and eternal life we are promised in the future. Eternal life starts right away.
How do you feel when you think about death? Help kids process the complexity of grief. Remind kids that sadness about death is normal and healthy. Explain that death was not part of God’s original design for creation. Point out that Christians have hope even in sadness because we know that death is not the end for those in Christ. All believers who die are reunited with God and live in His perfect kingdom forever.
Jesus has power over death. Our bodies still get sick and die because we live in a world broken by sin. Someday, Jesus will fix all that sin has broken. We have hope even in sadness because of Jesus.