After Jesus raised from the dead, he appeared to his disciples and many people to prove that he was indeed alive, and these stories are recorded in several places in the Bible. His first appearance was to 3 women (which we included in the Jesus is Alive! lesson), but we've chosen some scriptures that highlight the more memorable events after his initial appearances.
To put this story in context, see this visualization of the chronology of Holy Week.
For younger students: If you could eat a meal with Jesus, what food would you want to eat with him? What kind of food do you think Jesus likes?
For older students: Have you ever been called a "doubting Thomas"? Do you know where that expression comes from?
Today, we're going to learn about some things that Jesus did after He raised from the dead.
Read story from a Children's storybook Bible for younger children.
For older children, read the story from an age-appropriate Children's storybook Bible or read directly from the Bible.
Scripture for Kids to Read Aloud: Luke 24:36-43; John 20:24-29
First, ask the children if they have any questions about the story. What to do if you don't know the answer?
Scripture As they talked about those things, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them. 16 But God kept them from recognizing him. Luke 24:15
Heads up! Be aware of fish allergies! Do not do use real fish proucts if there are students in your class with an allergy to fish.
Scripture Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." John 21:12
Supplies various types of fish: tuna, sardines, canned salmon, fish sticks, gold fish, swedish fish, bread
Scripture He called out to them, "Friends, don't you have any fish?" "No," they answered. He said, "Throw your net on the right side of the boat. There you will find some fish." When they did, they could not pull the net into the boat. There were too many fish in it. John 21:5-6
Supplies go fish cards for each group of students
Scripture On the evening of that first day of the week, the disciples were together. They had locked the doors because they were afraid of the Jews. Jesus came in and stood among them. He said, "May peace be with you!" John 20:19
Supplies 11 copies of person cutout (1 for each of the 11 disciples)
Heads up! cut small notches into the edges of the plates before class (all the way around the plate)
Scripture He said, "Throw your net on the right side of the boat. There you will find some fish." When they did, they could not pull the net into the boat. There were too many fish in it. John 21;6
Supplies styrofoam plates, construction paper, string, blue paint or blue crayons or small pieces of blue tissue paper
Scripture So they told him, "We have seen the Lord!" But he said to them, "First I must see the nail marks in his hands. I must put my finger where the nails were. I must put my hand into his side. Only then will I believe what you say." John 20:25
Supplies trivia quesions
Scripture He said, "Throw your net on the right side of the boat. There you will find some fish." When they did, they could not pull the net into the boat. There were too many fish in it. John 21:6
Supplies sticks, string, items to test the strength