Easter Lesson “He is Alive!”
John 11:35; 20:1-18; 1 Corinthians 15:20-22; 1 Timothy 3:16
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Easter Sunday Resources to Accompany this Lesson
- “He is Alive!” Easter Bible lesson (2009)
- Preschool Easter Learning Centers (2011)
- Resurrection Sunday Coloring Page by Mandy Groce (2011)
- Crown of Thorns/Crown of Glory Art Project for Preschoolers by Jenna Schrock and Danielle Hammon (2011)
- Spread the Good News Easter Art Project for Grade School Kids by Danielle Hammon (2011)
- Easter Sunday SojournKids “At Home” (2011)
- Easter Light Painting Art Project (2010)
- Easter Music Liturgy (2009)
- Shrinky Dink Easter Art Project by Robin Tillman (2009)
- Original Easter song by Bill and Courtney Bell,
“The Cross Is Not The End,” (2009).
- Original Easter song by Chandi Plummer,
“God’s Love Goes On Forever,” (2009).
- For more Easter resources, check out this page at Ministry-to-Children.com
THE BIG IDEA: An Introduction for the Teacher and Liturgist:
He appeared in a body,
was vindicated by the Spirit
was seen by angels
was preached among the nations,
was believed on in the world,
was taken up in glory.
(1 Timothy 3:16)
What makes Jesus different from every other religious leader in history? What makes him different from every other human being in history? He lived a sinless and righteous life. So, death had no claim on him. It could not hold him. Jesus was, as the apostle tells us, “vindicated by the Spirit.” Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. He is alive! He is risen! He is risen indeed!
This is the great truth that we celebrate during Easter. Jesus was dead. But now he is alive! But this is not all! Because Jesus’ resurrection is the central event in our own vindication and salvation, we can also have life:
But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive (1 Corinthians 15:20-22)
Today, we will introduce our kids to the one who is himself the Resurrection and the Life, and we will challenge them to trust him alone for life. Here are our keys for this lesson. When the lesson is through, each child will know…
- Jesus was dead
- But God raised him from the dead
- Now we can have new life in him
GATHERED STORY (5-10 minutes): Don’t just read it. Know it and bring it to life!
Good morning, boys and girls! (Good morning!). Let me tell you a story. This is a story about what happened after Jesus died on the cross. Jesus died on a Friday. It was a very sad day. It was sad because Jesus’ friends didn’t know what was going to happen. They didn’t understand why Jesus had to die. Continue Reading…