Unit 27, Session 3: Jesus Appeared to the Disciples
The disciples were devastated that Jesus had died. They believed that Jesus was the Messiah, but they had abandoned Him and Jesus was killed. How could He save anyone if He was dead? But now some people were reporting that Jesus was alive! Was it true?
The disciples were talking about these things when Jesus stood among them. “Peace to you!” He said. Imagine how Jesus’ words might have calmed the disciples’ anxious hearts. Their Lord, whom they had deserted, didn’t show up to scold them for their failures or shame them for their lack of faith. He spoke peace to them.
Thomas, who was not with the disciples when Jesus came, had a hard time believing. Thomas wanted physical proof. A week later, Jesus showed Thomas His hands and His side. Thomas immediately believed, and Jesus said, “Because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe” (John 20:29).
With His resurrection, Jesus’ mission was accomplished, but the disciples’ work was just beginning. Jesus gave His followers a job to do: “As the Father has sent me, I also send you” (John 20:21). This verse contains the Gospel of John’s version of the Great Commission.
Jesus, the One sent from the Father, sent the disciples to be His messengers and representatives. Jesus equipped the disciples with the Holy Spirit to proclaim the gospel—the good news of what Jesus has done—to the world.
Emphasize to your kids that for 40 days, Jesus presented Himself to more than 500 people and proved that He is alive. Jesus is still alive today. We have not seen Jesus, but if we believe in Him, we will be blessed. He sends out believers to tell others about Him and gives us power through the Holy Spirit.
Jesus Appeared to the Disciples
(Luke 24, John 20)
For 40 days, Jesus presented Himself to more than 500 people and proved that He is alive. Jesus is still alive today. We have not seen Jesus, but if we believe in Him, we will be blessed. He sends out believers to tell others about Him and gives us power through the Holy Spirit.
Family Discussion Questions
- How can we know that Jesus really is alive?
• Do you ever struggle to believe Jesus is alive?
• How can we strengthen our faith?
- Why is it important that so many people saw Jesus alive after the resurrection?
• What is faith? (See Hebrews 11:1.)
• What do you think it would be like to see Jesus face to face?
What's in the Box
-Before the session, cut an opening in the box just large enough for kids to fit their hand through.
-Put a random object inside the box.
-Choose someone to place their hand in the box without looking inside.
-Instruct him to describe how the item feels.
-Then ask them to guess the item.
-After several guesses, pull the item out of the box.
-Repeat with different items as time allows.
Describing something to others when they can’t see it for themselves can be difficult. They may not even believe what you’re saying it true. This was the case
for many of Jesus’ disciples. Some had reported that Jesus was alive, but others couldn’t believe it until they saw with their own eyes. Let’s listen to how Jesus
revealed Himself and proved He is alive.
If you haven't heard... Blackhawk Kids is doing something special this Advent season!
Christmas in a Bag is an interactive guide to fun-filled, faith-infused, Christ-centered experiences all through the Advent season for your family. In your bag will be the Advent Adventure booklet and items to help you complete the different activities each week of Advent.
When you receive your bag, you will ALSO receive an empty bag with the Advent Adventure booklet that you can use to Give Light to another family so that they can experience Christmas in a Bag as well. This could be a friend, a neighbor, or even a stranger! You could even go shopping together as a family for the items needed to fill the bag.
Important dates and times:
Pick up bags after each service: Sunday, November 22 & Sunday, November 29
Drive through pick up: November 24th | 12–1 PM and 4–5 PM | Door #2
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