The Resurrection by Jennifer Tolbert
Jesus's victory over death, the resurrection, is the foundation of the gospel. His resurrection fulfills prophecy and gives us the assurance that he truly was the Son of God. His death and resurrection was the final sacrifice for sin, and restoring the relationship that was lost in the garden.
1. Jesus death was the final sacrifice for sin.
2. Jesus's resurrection is proof he is the Son of God.
3. Jesus is alive, real and waiting for us in Heaven.
19 So go and make followers of all people in the world. Baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach them to obey everything that I have told you. You can be sure that I will be with you always. I will continue with you until the end of the world.” -Matthew 28:19-20
Books of the New Testament
Got a Reason for Living
Mighty is Our God
Our God is an Awesome God
Shine, Jesus, Shine
Wonderful, Merciful Savior
You're the One
Begin Class with Songs, Games, Table Activity, or Sharing Time
Open Class in Prayer
Introducing the Story Ideas
1. Resurrection Cookies/Rolls
Resurrection rolls are a sweet treat that symbolizes how the tomb was empty! This is a fun way to introduce the idea of the resurrection. You can make them ahead of class and enjoy it as a snack OR allow the kids to prepare them and have your helper bake them and bring them back at the end. Be sure to check on allergies! There are a lot of different recipes out there, but here is an easy one.
2. Resurrection Lighting Science Experiment
The Bible tells us that angel from heaven appeared like a "flash of lightening." This science experiment is attention-getting to introduce the idea of the power of Jesus's resurrection-his power over sin and death. You will need balloons, metal spoons and a dark room. Here are the instructions.
3. Resurrection Games
This is a list of fun games you can play to begin conversation about the resurrection.
Story: Jesus told his disciples about his own resurrection and demonstrated his power over death by raising people from the dead. The Jewish people were disappointed that Jesus, who had been their hope, was dead. The chief priests and Pharisees were afraid that Jesus’ resurrection claims would incite the crowd and took every precaution to seal and guard His tomb so they could be sure the disciples would not carry his body away. Although Jesus repeatedly assured his disciples of His victory over death, they didn’t understand His meaning. They didn’t understand that no seal, no guard, no force could prevent Jesus from rising again.
READ the story of Jesus's Resurrection and Ascension OR read Luke 24.
Connect the story back to God and his character. Explain how this story fits into God's overall story.