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Jesus’ Crucifixion & Resurrection

Family Worship Guide

Friday, April 2, 2021

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The Story

Betrayed, Crucified, and Risen.

The events leading up to Jesus’ death were terrifying for the disciples. Judas, their supposed friend, betrayed their Lord. Jesus was arrested, beaten, and killed.  Though Jesus had plainly told the disciples that He would die and rise again on the third day, they did not understand. In fact, they were afraid to ask about it. (See Mark 9:31-21.) They had believed that Jesus was the One who would rescue God’s people, but how could He if He was dead?
Then, on the third day, Jesus rose from the dead. Next ➡️
When Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to the tomb, Jesus wasn’t there. An angel of the Lord appeared. The guards were so afraid, that they fainted. But the angel said to the women, “Don’t be afraid.” The angel reassured the women that Jesus’ body hadn’t been stolen; in fact, “he has risen, just as he said” (Matt. 28:5-6).
The women left the tomb with fear (perhaps because they did not fully understand what was happening) and great joy (because they had heard Jesus was alive!) to tell the disciples the news. As they were leaving, Jesus also greeted them: “Do not be afraid.”
Fear exists when there is a perceived danger or threat. When Jesus rose from the dead, He eliminated the threat of eternal separation from God for all who trust in Him. Even real dangers like suffering and persecution need not be feared because nothing—neither life nor death—can separate us from the love of God that is in Jesus. (Rom. 8:38-39).
Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection are not the end of the story, but the center of it. As we teach our kids this Bible story, we should emphasize the gospel: the good news of who Jesus is and what He has done. We deserve to die because of our sin, but Jesus died in our place. Because Jesus is alive, we do not need to fear anything. Those who trust in Jesus have forgiveness and eternal life, and we can joyfully obey Him

Bible Story Video

SAY • Jesus died on the cross and is alive. The women who came to the tomb that morning were so sad, but then they saw that Jesus was not in the tomb. He was alive! They went to tell Jesus’ friends the good news. Just then, they saw Jesus. The women worshiped Him! Jesus’ dying on the cross and rising from the dead is the most important thing that ever happened!

CHRIST CONNECTION •
The death and resurrection of Jesus is the center of the gospel. We deserve to die because of our sin, but Jesus died in our place. Because Jesus is alive, we do not need to fear anything. Those who trust in Jesus have forgiveness and eternal life, and we can joyfully obey Him.

Family Activities

Make Empty Tomb Rolls (or Resurrection Rolls) at home

Ingredients:
1 (10 ounce) can refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
8 large marshmallows
1/4 cup melted butter
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons white sugar
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Lightly grease a baking sheet. Separate crescent rolls into individual triangles.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together cinnamon and sugar.  Dip a marshmallow into melted butter, then roll in sugar mixture. Place marshmallow into the center of a dough triangle. Carefully wrap the dough around the marshmallow. Pinch the seams together tightly to seal in marshmallow as it melts. Place on a baking sheet. Repeat.
  4. Bake in a preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes.

Build an empty tomb with blocks

Lead small kids to build an empty tomb with blocks. Read John 20:1-7 to them. Suggest they fold a piece of cloth to put inside the empty tomb. Encourage them to use a ball as the large stone that sealed the tomb.

Say

The tomb was empty because Jesus died on the cross and is alive. 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. When we trust in Jesus, we do not need to fear. Jesus rescues us from sin and promises that we will live forever with Him.

Family Discussion

Open your Bibles to John 13
  • You may choose to make it a race to see who can find the book and chapter first.
  • Remind the kids that the Gospels are the four books that tell the story of Jesus’ time on earth—His life, death, and resurrection.
  • Challenge kids to name, in order, as many New Testament books as they can
  • Ask the following discussion questions. Lead your family to discuss (answers in italics)➡️

What did Jesus pray in the garden?

(He asked God to take the suffering away but agreed to do God’s plan no
matter what, Matt. 26:39
)

How did Jesus die? 

(He was hung on a cross, or crucified; Matt. 27:33-50)

What did the women find on the third day?

(An empty tomb, an angel who said that Jesus rose again; Matt. 28:5-6)

Why is it important that Jesus perfectly obeyed God? 

Jesus could only be the perfect sacrifice for our sin if He was not a sinner. 
His perfect obedience is amazing and true, and it’s the reason His death was enough to pay for sin.

Why is it important that Jesus rose to life?

Help kids see that Jesus’ rising again was proof that His sacrifice was enough.
He rose again to prove that sin and death were totally defeated.
We have victory in Christ. (See 1 Cor. 15:12-22.)