Understanding the Story
Aim: To understand that Jesus was raised from the dead.
Materials: A paper crown for each child (this can be made by cutting a crown shape out of paper; do not tape the ends together until after the crown is decorated); tape; child-safe glue; decorating items, e.g., stickers, pieces of colored paper, tin foil, etc.; crayons; copies of the handout (the last page of this document).
1. At the end of the story, say: “It has been three days since Jesus died. The women go to the tomb expecting to find a dead body. What three things do they find instead? Correct, the stone that blocked the entrance of the tomb had moved, Jesus’ body was gone, and an angel told them that Jesus had risen and was alive.”
2. Say: “Jesus is risen, Jesus was raised from the dead, and Jesus’ resurrection are all ways of saying that Jesus was dead, but has now come back to life. The tomb is empty. There is no body. Jesus is alive, just like he said. The King is alive.”
3. Hand each child a cut-out shape of a crown and a crayon. Ask them to write the words “Jesus is alive!” in big letters on the crown. You may want to write this on a blackboard so they can copy it. Put the decorating items in the center of the circle and give the children 5 minutes to decorate their crowns. Help them as necessary.
4. After 5 minutes, tape the ends of the paper together to form a crown for each child. Ask the children to help you put away the decorating items.
5. Say: “Jesus the King is alive. At the end of our story Mary runs to tell this to the other disciples. What about you? Can you tell the story of Jesus and tell others that he is alive? Look at your paper.”
6. Give each child a copy of the handout and a crayon, saying: “Six events from Jesus’ life are on the paper. Can you put them in the correct order? You need to number them 1 through 6 in the boxes, but let me read them to you first.”
7. Read aloud the sentences on the handout. Remind the children that the events are in the wrong order and give them 1 minute to number them in the correct order. You may want to allow them to work in pairs.
8. After 1 minute, ask someone to read aloud the numbers they have written down (i.e., 2, 4, 1, 3, 6, 5). Then ask another child to read aloud the six events in order.
9. Say: “That is the story of Jesus’ life. I’d like some of you to tell us in your own words the story of Jesus’ life from the center of the circle. Who would like to do that? You may use the sentences you just put in order to help you, but you should tell the story of Jesus’ life in your own words. When you get to the end, I want everyone to hold up their crowns and shout ‘Jesus the King is alive!’ together.”
10. Ask three or four children to go to the center of the circle in turn and tell the story of Jesus’ life. Prompt as needed. At the end of each child’s retelling, get the entire circle to hold up their crowns and shout “Jesus the King is alive!”
Handout: God's Wonderful Surprise