Read: Read Luke 23-24 (Use the Bible App for Kids by You Version for a fun, younger-kid-friendly version of the story)
Can you think of something you have done wrong? Maybe you weren’t very nice to someone at school, didn’t listen to your teacher, lied to your parents, or didn’t share with your brother or sister. Those things are called sin, and every person sins.
God created us because He wanted to have a relationship, but God is perfect. And because He is perfect, He doesn’t like sin. So when Adam and Eve, and every person after, sinned, we found ourselves separated from God. God loved us so much He didn’t want to be separated from us. So He sent His son, Jesus, to earth to take away the sins of the world.
So Jesus lived a perfect life and died on the cross- even though He didn’t deserve it, He did it out of love. And it was incredibly painful for Jesus. Can you think of time you were in pain or you hurt? Jesus felt really terrible pain.
That might be really sad to think about, Jesus dying on a cross when He didn’t deserve it. But guess what? That is not the end of the story! Three days later they went to see Him in the tomb, but He wasn’t there! Jesus rose from the dead! The greatest day in history!
Because of His resurrection, because He defeated death, our sins are forgiven and we get to join Him in heaven for all eternity when we love and believe in Him. That is exciting! And worth celebrating!
Questions: Why did God send His son to die on the cross? Who needs forgiveness? What happened to Jesus? What is the greatest day in history?
Parents: This might be a great time to introduce what it means to be saved. We all are sinners, and need His forgiveness to be in relationship with Him. Ask your kids if that is a decision they would like to make, and pray together. This is a great tool you can use to guide you with your kids: http://www.kidsofintegrity.com/lead-your- child-christ
Memorize: “He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” -Matthew 28:6
Make Resurrection rolls as a family! You can make the dough or by pre-made dough from the store. Have your children help put marshmallows in the center of the roll and place on a baking sheet. Explain to your kids the marshmallow represents the body of Jesus being placed in the tomb. Bake the rolls in the oven, and then eat! As you open the rolls, notice the marshmallow is gone! He is risen! You can find information on resurrection rolls here http://www.lifeway.com/kidsministry/2014/03/31/easter-recipe-resurrection-rolls/