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Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20-21
He is Risen

Lesson Ideas:

1) Jesus Is Risen

For easy printing and class use, I compiled the key events of Jesus’s resurrection. You can print, cut and handout the story so that you may read it together as a class.

2) Feed My Sheep with Role Play

Now that we know of Jesus’s life, teachings, atonement, and resurrection… is it important for us to share such an event? I remember as a child bringing up the name Jesus Christ on the bus ride to school. A schoolmate who was with me asked, “Who is Jesus Christ?”

At the time, I was really shocked. I didn’t think a person on earth didn’t know who Jesus Christ was. I soon came to realize that many people on earth don’t know who He is or chose to follow Him.

Below are some examples of Role-playing. Role-playing is often my favorite thing to do in class. I’ve outlines to roles below for you.

How can we invite others to learn of Jesus?

Teacher Role Play #1 – Be someone who has never heard of Christ

I overheard you talking to a friend about someone named Jesus Christ. He seemed very important to you, but I don’t who he is. I was wondering if you could tell me about him?”

It’s important that as you are role-playing you act convincingly and branch the dialogue. As the child talks in his/her own words, ask questions related to what they are saying such as, “Why would Jesus do that?” or “Where can I learn more?”

Let us not forget that the commandment to “Feed my Sheep” also relates to your friends and church members. Not a week goes by that the people you know could use the love of the Savior through your example and effort. This is a real-life example that was told to me last week. I’ve edited the words so as not to be an exact copy.

Teacher Role Play #2 – Be someone who is struggling with depression

“I almost always feeling like I live on a completely different planet when I go to church. My friends have moved away and new people move in, but I don’t really have any new friends. I don’t really fit in because people become so busy in their own lives. I’ve gotten used to being forgotten and left out.

Ask the child to approach these situations as Jesus would. Certainly someone who is sad and feeling isolated is a lost sheep. I often find that the people you see at church need reassurances the most.

3) Class participation – Cotton Ball Sheep

To encourage class participation, anytime someone helps or answers a question, give them a cotton ball they can glue to this sheep.

4) Box of Faith *taken from the come follow me manual

Show a box with an object inside that the children can’t see, and describe the object to the children. Ask them if they believe the object is really inside the box and why. Then show them the object, and explain that faith is believing in things we can’t see. The most important faith we can have is faith in Jesus Christ.

 

5) Search for the Lost Sheep *some ideas taken from the CFM manual

Write the name of every child in your class on pieces of paper cut into the shape of sheep, and scatter these sheep around the room. (Include the names of children who don’t attend regularly.) Invite the children to gather the sheep by finding the one with their name on it.

Another option is to write a question or topic written on the sheep so that you may discuss some things about Christ’s resurrection with them. This option allows flexibility for shy kids to participate and you can write something easy or tailored to them on their sheep

6) Pizza Puzzle: Sharing the Gospel

Hand out slices of pizza to the children. As they are pretend eating, ask them some questions:

– What did Jesus mean when He said, “feed my sheep”

– How is sharing the gospel like feeding someone?

– How does it feel when someone shares something with you that is important to them?

– After Jesus died, how many days was it before he rose again?

– Who was the first person to see Jesus Christ after he resurrected?

– Who doubted that Jesus had been resurrected and would not believe unless he saw Him?

– What does it mean for us, now that Jesus is resurrected?

– Will people that don’t believe in Jesus Christ be resurrected to?

– What happens when we die?

– How do we strengthen our faith in Jesus Christ?

After a child answers a question or gives a thought, they are free to add their pizza piece to the puzzle. Once more children participate and join in, their puzzle piece is added to the puzzle until it’s complete.

7) Amazing Ministry: From Jerusalem to the Resurrection

Credit for this maze sheet goes to the church. Since classes are short, I took and added helps to the scriptures referenced so it won’t take so much time finding and reading each one. Makes it easier to use this sheet in class.

8) Amazing Ministry: From Jerusalem to the Resurrection

Credit for this maze sheet goes to the church. Since classes are short, I took and added helps to the scriptures referenced so it won’t take so much time finding and reading each one. Makes it easier to use this sheet in class.

Point 1 – Christs triumphant entry into Jerusalem

The people took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Point 2 – Cleanses the temple

And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves;

Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.

Point 3 – Attends the Last Supper

As they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body. And he took the cup, and when he had give thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it. And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.

Point 4 – Suffers in Gethsemane

And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and
prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

Point 5 – Goes to trial

And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Cæsar, saying that he himself is Christ a King.

And Pilate asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answered him and said, Thou sayest it.

Point 6 – Is scourged and mocked

And the soldiers plaited a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, And said, Hail,King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands.

Point 7 – Is crucified

Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away. And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.

Point 8 – Is buried

Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.
Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. There laid they Jesus

Point 9 – Is resurrected

As it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.