Out of the Grave
Key Passage: John 11:25
The darkest moment of the gospel story became the brightest when Jesus rose from the dead to provide forgiveness for all of God’s people. After Jesus rose from the dead, He spent 40 more days proving that He is alive and preparing His followers to continue His mission after He returned to heaven to be with His Father. In our final unit for this semester, we will cover the following lessons:
April 25: Jesus’ Resurrection Matthew 28; John 20
Story Point: Jesus rose from the dead and is alive.
May 2: The Emmaus Disciples Luke 24
Story Point: The whole Bible is about Jesus.
May 9: Jesus Appeared to the Disciples Luke 24; John 20
Story Point: Jesus appeared to His disciples.
May 16: Jesus Returned to Heaven Matthew 28; Acts 1
Story Point: Jesus gave His disciples a mission.
Because we are going through a chronological study of the Bible in IDC Kids, we will cover The Last Supper this Sunday, April 4. But we didn’t want to leave you without anything to help teach the events surrounding Easter Sunday. The following are some external resources and activities if you’re looking for ways to teach the crucifixion and the resurrection including videos and lesson plans from The Gospel Project.
Many of you will remember this very helpful and yummy activity from last year.
1 package of crescent rolls
1 package of large marshmallows
3 tbsp of melted butter
3 tbsp sugar plus 1 tbsp cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350. As you wait for the rolls to bake, read “God’s Wonderful Surprise” from your Jesus Storybook Bible or watch it online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nfnhv5h0k4M
The marshmallow represents Jesus’ body. Roll the marshmallow in butter and cinnamon sugar representing when Jesus’ friends prepared his body for burial with oil and spices. Then wrap the marshmallow in the crescent roll (be sure the seal all the edges tightly) which represents the tomb. Place them in the oven for 10-12 minutes. Allow them to cool completely before opening the tomb to see that Jesus’ body was gone!
Videos and Lesson Plans from The Gospel Project:
Good Friday and Easter for Small Children
Sometimes, the crucifixion and resurrection can be difficult to teach to young children. Bible Adventure is a creative and upbeat series with a “Blues Clues” kind of feel that appeals more to toddlers.
For the unit overview and to download printable activity pages visit https://idckids.com/2021/03/19/unit-26-to-the-cross/
As people began to turn against Jesus, He journeyed toward Jerusalem where He knew He would be arrested and crucified. Jesus continued to tell people that they needed to repent, and He prepared His true followers for His death. Soon after Jesus arrived in Jerusalem, He was betrayed, arrested, tried, and crucified.
Key Passage: Philippians 2:8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Big Picture Question: What did Jesus do to save us? Jesus lived a sinless life, died on the cross, and rose from the dead.
March 21: Jesus’ Triumphal Entry Matthew 21; Mark 11; Luke 19; John 12
Story Point: People welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem as their King.
March 28: Jesus Was Questioned Matthew 22; Mark 12; Luke 20
Story Point: Jesus spoke with wisdom and authority.
April 4: The Last Supper Matthew 26; Mark 14; Luke 22; John 13
Story Point: Jesus commanded His disciples to remember His sacrifice.
April 11: Jesus Was Arrested Matthew 26–27
Story Point: Jesus allowed His enemies to arrest Him.
April 18: Jesus’ Crucifixion Matthew 26–27; John 18–19
Story Point: Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins.