Kids Lesson: Jesus Was Resurrected!
Jesus Was Resurrected! – Matthew 28; John 20
Jesus died on the cross for our sins, but He rose from the dead and is alive! God raised Jesus from the dead to be the King over everything. Jesus rescues us from sin and promises that we will live forever with 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 was Resurrected
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On the third day after Jesus died on the cross, Jesus’ friend Mary went to the tomb early in the morning. Mary saw that the big stone had been moved away from the entrance. Mary ran to find Peter and John. “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and I do not know where His body is!” she said. Peter and John ran to the tomb. John looked inside and saw linen cloths lying there. Then Peter went inside the tomb and saw the cloths too. The cloth that had been around Jesus’ head was folded up. John believed that Jesus was alive. Then John and Peter went home. Mary went back to the tomb and cried. She looked inside and saw two angels. “Why are you crying?” they asked. “They’ve taken away my Lord, and I don’t know where they put Him,” Mary said. Then Mary turned and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know it was Him. She thought the man was a gardener. “Why are you crying?” Jesus asked. “Who are you looking for?” Mary said, “Sir, if you have taken away Jesus, tell me where He is and I will go get Him.” Jesus said, “Mary.” Mary looked at Him and said, “Teacher!” Jesus sent Mary to tell the other disciples that He was going back to the Father. Mary did what Jesus said, and she told the disciples, “I have seen the Lord!” While this happened, some of the soldiers who were guarding the tomb went into the city and told the religious leaders what happened. The leaders gave the soldiers money and told them to lie about what they saw. They told them to say that Jesus’ disciples stole His body while they were sleeping. So the soldiers took the money and told everyone that Jesus never rose from the dead.
Bible Story Summary
- Mary found Jesus’ tomb open and ran to tell Peter and John.
- Peter and John ran to see the empty tomb.
- Jesus appeared to Mary.
- Jesus rose from the dead and is Alive.
- Would you think Jesus was alive if you saw what Mary, Peter, and John saw?
- Why did the religious leaders want the soldiers to lie and say Jesus’ disciples had stolen His body?
- Why is Jesus’ resurrection such good news?
- Choose a day this week to celebrate the resurrection. Help children understand that the resurrection is good news to celebrate every day!
- Challenge family members to share the good news that Jesus is alive with someone this week.
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Make play dough tombs
- Give each child a ball of play dough. Demonstrate how to form part of the play dough into a cave with an opening. Roll up the rest in a ball to serve as the big stone at the tomb’s entrance. Offer kids white tissues to fold up and put in the tomb. Invite preschoolers to play out rolling the stone away from the tomb’s entrance.
- Say: On the third day after Jesus died on the cross, Mary went to His tomb early in the morning. Mary saw that the big stone had been moved away from the entrance. Mary ran to tell Peter and John. Peter and John looked in the empty tomb and saw the linen cloths that Jesus’ body had been wrapped in. The cloth that had been around Jesus’ head was folded up. Jesus rose from the dead and is alive!
Elementary Discussion Questions
Help your kids find Matthew 28. Ask the following questions:
Which woman was among the first people to learn of Jesus’ resurrection? (Mary Magdalene, Matt. 28:1)
When Mary met Jesus, what did He tell her to do? (go and tell the other disciples about His resurrection, Matt. 28:10)
How did the religious leaders try to prevent people from learning about Jesus’ resurrection? (They bribed the soldiers to lie, saying the disciples stole the body;
Why is it important to know Jesus rose from the dead? Guide kids to think about what Jesus’ resurrection proved about His power over death. Had Jesus remained dead, it would show that His sacrifice was not perfect and did not fully pay for sin.
What does it mean that Jesus defeated sin and death? Guide kids to think about the control sin has over the lives of those who are lost. Discuss the phrase “dead in sin” and the implication that we are powerless against sin. Remind kids that sin leads to death, both physical (we all die eventually) and spiritual (we are separated
from God). Jesus’ victory over sin and death means we will rise again to live forever with God in a perfectly restored world.
How do you feel when you think about Jesus’ resurrection? Guide kids to think through and process their emotions. Do they feel happy? Excited? Unsure? Remind kids that our feelings do not define what is true, but they can help us understand the truth of the gospel.
God raised Jesus from the dead to defeat sin and death. Everyone who has faith in Jesus will live forever with God!