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Easter Sunday

Easter Family Guide

Sunday, April 12, 2021

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The Story

Jesus is Alive!

Jesus’ purpose for coming to earth was to save us from our sins. (Matt. 1:21) Jesus came to die to show God’s love to us (Rom. 5:7-8) so that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16) Jesus came to die so that we would be forgiven. (Eph. 1:7) Jesus came to die to bring us to God. (1 Pet. 3:18)
Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection are essential to the Christian faith. If we teach Jesus as a respected teacher and miracle-worker who claimed to be the Messiah and who was crucified on the cross—but who was not resurrected—then we are teaching the Jesus of Judaism. If we teach Jesus as a wise teacher and prophet who ascended into heaven—but who was not crucified—then we are teaching the Jesus of Islam. Next ➡️
Jesus died on the cross to satisfy the wrath of God toward sin. His resurrection proved that God was satisfied with Jesus’ sacrifice. If Jesus had died but not been raised up, He would have been like military leaders who died without a throne (Acts 5:33-37). But Jesus conquered death, just as He said He would. (John 2:19-21) If there was no resurrection, Paul says, our faith would be worthless. We would be dead in our sins. (1 Cor. 15:17) But Jesus’ resurrection gives us hope for our resurrection. 
The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead will raise our bodies to life (Rom. 8:11). Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection are not the end of the story, but the center of it. As you teach your kids this Bible story, emphasize the gospel: the good news of who Jesus is and what He has done. We do not worship a dead Savior. Jesus is alive! There is hope for sinners. Jesus’ resurrection gives believers the promise of new life. “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive” (1 Cor. 15:22)

Bible Story Video

SAY • The Bible is God’s Word, and it is always true. Our story today is from the Book of Matthew. Remind your children that all the stories in the Bible fit together to tell an even bigger story. The Bible tells us the big story of how God rescues sinners through His Son, Jesus.

CHRIST CONNECTION • The most important thing that ever happened is that Jesus died and was raised from the dead. We can believe that Jesus is alive! When we turn from sin and trust in Jesus, we have hope and new life. Jesus brings forgiveness and life with God forever.

Preschool

Elementary

Family Activities:

It’s empty

Place a rock or paper wad beneath two of three inverted cups while your kids are watching. Try to confuse your family members by quickly rearranging the cups in front of them. After several seconds, ask your family which cup they think is empty.  To make the game more difficult, turn away from the kids and mix up the cups. Then ask one person to guess which cup is empty.  Then lift the cup she chose to show whether or not it is empty.

Say

 In the Bible story we will hear today, some of Jesus’ friends went to the tomb and expected to find His body there. But the tomb was empty!

Resurrection tag

Gather your family together and select a kid to be It. He will chase the other people to tag them. When a person is tagged, she must sit on the ground. Untagged people may bring tagged kids back into the game by tapping the tagged kid gently on the shoulder and saying Jesus’ resurrection gives us hope for eternal life.

Say

In our game, being tagged meant you were out of the game—at least for a while. But hearing the good news about Jesus let you get back into the game. In a way this is similar to our lives. We are born in sin. Through Adam, all of us have sinful hearts that choose to disobey God. But the good news is that Jesus died on the cross and rose again. Through Jesus, we can all have new life today and forever into the future. Jesus’ resurrection gives us hope for eternal life.

True or False

Direct your children to hold their thumbs up if what you say about the Bible story is true and down if what you say is not true.
  • Jesus never sinned. (up)
  • Jesus was put on a cross. (up)
  • Six criminals were put on crosses next to Jesus. (down, two criminals)
  • Jesus was buried in a tomb. (up)
  • A large door was locked on the tomb. (down, a large stone was in front of the tomb)
  • Two women named Ava went to the tomb (down, Mary)
  • The angel said, “Do not be afraid! Jesus is not here! He has risen from the dead.” (up)
  • The women saw Jesus and worshiped Him. (up)
  • Three people saw Jesus alive. (down, over 500)

Say

Good job remembering! The most important thing that ever happened is that Jesus died and was raised from the dead. We can believe that Jesus is alive! When we turn from sin and trust in Him, Jesus gives us life with God forever.

Family Discussion

Open your Bibles to Matthew 26–28
  • Explain that Matthew is the first book of the New Testament and part of the Gospels division. 
  • Clarify that the Gospels tell about Jesus’ life on earth—who Jesus is, what He did, and what He said while He was on earth, including His death and resurrection.
  • Ask the following questions. Lead your family to discuss (answers in italics)➡️

What were Jesus and His disciples gathering to celebrate?

(Passover, John 13:1)

When Jesus washed his disciples, What did He wash on them?

(their feet; John 13:5,10)

What did Jesus say the bread and drink represented?

(His body and blood, Matt. 26:26-28)

Why do you think Jesus made a new covenant? What happened to the old covenant?

Lead kids to remember the old covenant required complete obedience to the Law and repeated sacrifices. 
No one can obey God perfectly except Jesus! Jesus fulfilled the old covenant and died to be the perfect sacrifice. The new covenant opened up the way for everyone who believes in Jesus to live with God forever. 
We are saved by grace through faith, not by earning God’s love through obedience. (See Ephesians 2:8-9)

Why do you think God wants us serve one another with joy?

Help kids see that Jesus is the ultimate Servant. In His life and death, Jesus showed us how to love and serve one another.  When we serve one another with joy, it offers a picture of what Jesus’ love for us looks like. When we trust in Jesus, the Holy Spirit guides us to serve others out of love.

Whom can you serve this week?

Encourage kids to think of a friend, family member, or neighbor they can serve this week (while practicing social distancing). Discuss specific ways they can serve people. Highlight the fact that different people might need to be served in different ways. 
When we love Jesus, we will also love who He loves, and that includes everyone in the whole world! Remind kids that God gets the glory when we love one another. (send letters/cards/notes, bake a treat to leave on the porch, send a video chat of encouragement etc.