Mark 16; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-9
This story is one of the most important stories out of the entire Bible. It is the foundation of our faith. Yes, Jesus was sent to earth in the form of a baby. He lived on the earth, performed miracles and healed people. The Jews had him crucified at the hands of the Romans. Those are all important parts of the story. But without the resurrection, it is a mere tragedy - not the cornerstone of human history. (See 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, 12-20)
Do not take this story for granted. While you might believe firmly that Christ was indeed raised from the dead by God's power, we must teach this to our children! And not as just a statement of fact. Teach the story. Let them experience the details that are provided to us in the scriptures we listed above.
Here are some highlights:
Does anyone know why we celebrate Easter? Is it about Easter bunnies, eggs, candies, presents, and dressing up in our nicest outfits?
Today, we are going to learn about the real reason we celebrate Easter. This is the most important story in the whole Bible!
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 tell the story yourself.
Bring in the highlights of the stories from all 4 gospel accounts (see the "Story Summary") as you see fit with your students. This is an exciting story, and is more detailed than just "Jesus rose from the dead!". Make sure your students get the full picture.
Scripture for Kids to Read Aloud Matthew 28:1-10
First, ask the children if they have any questions about the story. What to do if you don't know the answer?