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“I am … the Resurrection and the Life”
Video Workshop

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Preschool and K/1st: “Beginner Bible Series: The Story of Easter”, Time Life Kids, 1996. 

2nd/3rd and 4th/5th: “The Visual Bible for Kids: The Story Behind the Cross”, Tommy Nelson, 1999. 

Scripture Reference:

John 11

Goals for this workshop: Children will …

  • View the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection
  • Learn that Jesus had to die for our sins
  • Learn that Jesus is the resurrection and the life

 

Supplies List:

  • “Beginner Bible Series: The Story of Easter”, Time Life Kids, 1996. 
    2015 Update: Now available on the DVD "The Beginner's Bible Vol. 1, 610583501698. 
    A 3-in-1 collection includes The Story of Easter, The Story of the Nativity, and The Story of Moses.
  • "The Visual Bible for Kids: The Story Behind the Cross”, Tommy Nelson, 1999. 

Leader Preparation:

  • Read the scripture ahead of time. 
  • Gather the materials.
  • Preview the videos.


Presentation

Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Welcome kids to the workshop. You may want to have them take a popcorn and juice on the way in or pass it out after discussion. Introduce yourself.

Set up the story in context of Jesus saying John 11:25 …

SAY: Who thinks Jesus had friends? Yes, of course he did! Among them were 2 women named Mary & Martha – do you remember our rotation about Mary and Martha? They also had a brother named Lazarus. Lazarus had gotten very sick and probably was going to die. Mary and Martha found out Jesus was nearby and they sent for him. By the time Jesus arrived, Lazarus had died.

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Distribute Bibles (2nd/3rd and 4th/5th) and have them read together John 11:23 through 27. For the K/1st graders you read it to them.

Say: These words are a little different from our memory verse of John 11:25, let’s all say it again together: “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me will live a new life.”

Jesus went on to bring Lazarus back to life right then and there! That’s what resurrection means – to bring back to life. Jesus proved he had the power to resurrect Lazarus, but more importantly Jesus had the power to bring himself back to life after he died! That’s why we celebrate Easter – it’s the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection!

Now I wonder …. how could Jesus possibly be resurrected – come back to life? (Through God’s power and because Jesus IS God!)

And Jesus asked an important question of Martha and Mary and of us too: Do YOU believe that I am the resurrection and the life?

Here are some more questions for you …. Don’t answer them out loud, just think about them.

(Pause after reading each question so kids can reflect)

  1. How do you feel when something you were hoping would happen doesn't happen?
  2. How do you feel when you have to try something new or go somewhere new and you don't know anybody or what is going on?
  3. How do you feel when you see something scary, maybe on TV or in movie?
  4. How do you feel when you see someone you love that you haven't seen in a long time?

There are people in our Bible story today who had some of these same feelings. See if you can find who had these feelings as we watch the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Show the following videos:

Preschool and K/1st: “Beginner Bible Series: The Story of Easter”, Time Life Kids, 1996.

2nd/3rd and 4th/5th: “The Visual Bible for Kids: The Story Behind the Cross”, Tommy Nelson, 1999. Let kids know that if they feel like they need to close their eyes or turn away at certain points, it’s ok. But this is the true story of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Closing:

After the video, discuss and pray.


Question ideas from NAD at mssscrafts.com


 

A lesson posted by Jan from First Presbyterian
Napa, CA

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