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Unit 20, Session 2: Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection

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.

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 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’ death and resurrection is the center of the gospel. In Adam, we were spiritually dead in sin, but Jesus died to pay for our sins. Jesus is alive! God gives new life to everyone who trusts in Jesus. As you share with your kids, 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).


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Jesus' Crucifixion and Resurrection
 Matthew 26–28; 1 Corinthians 15

 

Jesus’ death and resurrection is the center of the gospel. In Adam, we were spiritually dead in sin, but Jesus died to pay for our sins. Jesus is alive! God gives new life to everyone who trusts in Jesus.


STORY POINT:

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KEY VERSE:

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BIG PICTURE
QUESTION:

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Family
Discussion
Questions

  • Why did Jesus have to die?
  • What did Jesus defeat when He rose from the dead? 
  • Who can we tell about Jesus' death and resurrection?
  • Can we ever be good enough to get to God on our own? Why?
  • Watch the sunrise as a family. Talk about what it might have been like
    that first Easter morning.

Worship

Activity Ideas

Find the Doll
 

-Hide a small doll somewhere in the room.
 
-Encourage your  children to find the doll.
 
-Take turns hiding  the doll
 
-Repeat several times.
 
 

                                                                     CONNECTION:

When someone hid the doll, we had to look for it. We found the doll right where the person who hid the doll left it. Two women in our Bible story today
went to Jesus’ tomb because that was where a man named Joseph had put Him. But when the women arrived, Jesus was gone! Listen to the Bible story to hear the wonderful surprise Jesus had in store for His friends!

Empty Tomb
 

-Use chairs and tables to provide structure for a pillow fort.
 
-Stack pillows or cushions against the furniture and drape blankets over the structure to make a kind of “cave.”
 
-Allow your kids to take turns going into the cave.

 
 
CONNECTION:
 
Jesus died on the cross and was buried in a tomb. Jesus’ tomb would have been kind of like a cave; the Bible tells us it was cut into the side of a rocky hill. We took turns going into out little tomb and coming out, and today we will hear about how Jesus came out of His tomb. A little while later, some other people also went in the tomb and came out.

Serving
Jesus

You're never too young to serve Jesus!

Since we will be having many different service times for Easter, invite someone  to join you in watching one of them! You never know what God will do with a simple invitation!

Family Time
Resource

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