Resurrection Sunday: The Cross Exchange

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Cross Exchange

What is the result of the Cross Exchange?

An Exchanged Life!

Because Jesus died and rose again, our old life is GONE. We now live Jesus’ life in us!

Let’s read Gal 2:20 together:
I have been crucified with Christ and
I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.
The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved me and gave Himself for me.

That’s the good news about Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday.

Thank you Jesus!

 

 

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Easter: New Life in Christ!

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LESSON SUMMARY

 
Why do we celebrate Easter?
Because we celebrate Jesus dying on the cross for us and rising again.

Why is the empty tomb so important?
Because it tells us Jesus is alive!

What’s the big deal about Jesus being alive?
Our sins are completely paid for. Jesus’ death was more than enough! Thank you Jesus!

 

Jesus died so we didn’t have to die.

Jesus rose from the dead so we can have new life in Him!

Would you like to have Jesus’ new life in you?
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Easter: Why did Jesus have to die?

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1. HOOK:

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  • Video: Chronicles of Narnia: Aslan’s Death & Resurrection
    • Use the main plot line of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” to bring out the gospel message of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross in our place. Some kids may know the story, so get their input. Use screenshots from the movie if necessary.
    • For background info: Wikipedia; Beliefnet
    • As we teach our children about the cross, let us also remember those wonderful words from Aslan, “that though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know. Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn of time. But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation. She would have known that when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor’s stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backward.”

 

2. LESSON SUMMARY

  • Why did Jesus have to die? (invite responses)
    Because we could not save ourselves from our sin and its consequences (death), and only Jesus (the perfect Man) could take our place in punishment.
  • Why did Jesus have to rise from the dead?
    Jesus’s resurrection from the grave is at the heart of our faith. Paul wrote, “If the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.” (1 Cor 15:16-19)
  • Christ rose from the grave because he was the perfect Son of God. He was the only One who could pay the penalty of our sin — and He not just “paid” for it, He “overpaid” for it. Once the debt was settled, the grave could not hold him anymore! Jesus conquered sin and death!
  • When Jesus died, our sins were forgiven and we didn’t have to die anymore. When Jesus rose from the dead, He gave us His new life — Jesus’ life is in us today and forevermore!

3. ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS

  • Song: “I can tell/You can tell” (sung to the tune of “This Old Man”)

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Did Jesus Really Rise From the Dead?

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1. tNCC 7 News – Children’s Church Easter Presentation


2. LESSON: Did Jesus really rise from the dead?

  • This morning we watched the skit about the empty tomb. That empty tomb and the various witnesses who met Jesus after that tell us that Jesus has risen from the dead!
  • But many people, then and today, still didn’t believe that Jesus had really risen. They came up with many theories about why Jesus’ tomb was empty.
  • Let’s look at some of them: (print these out on cards/paper and get different kids to read them out)
    • The women and disciples went to the wrong tomb
    • The “witnesses” were hallucinating when they said they saw Jesus
    • Jesus didn’t really die. He just fainted on the cross and revived in the tomb.
    • Jesus’ disciples stole His body
  • So many theories! Let’s examine them and see if they are true. (for older class, can get them to give their answers on how to disprove the theories)

a. The women and disciples went to the wrong tomb

  • This is an easy one. Even if the women and disciples were all mistaken about where Jesus’ body was buried, the Jewish authorities and the Roman guards would not have been mistaken also. They could have easily brought them to the correct tomb and said “Hey, here’s the right tomb and Jesus’ body is here!” and stopped the rumour of the resurrection immediately.

b. The “witnesses” were hallucinating when they said they saw Jesus

  • The Bible records for us that more than 500 people saw Jesus at one time after His resurrection (1 Cor 15:4-6). Assuming all 500 actually had the same illusion or hallucination, the Jewish and Roman authorities could also have produced the body to instantly squelch the rumour.

c. Jesus didn’t really die. He just fainted on the cross and revived in the tomb.

  • Some people said Jesus didn’t die. He merely fainted from exhaustion and loss of blood. Everyone thought He was dead. When He later resuscitated, the disciples thought that He had risen from the dead.
  • Crucifixion is a painful and terrible death. Jesus hung on the cross for six hours after being violently whipped. Jesus lost a lot of blood. When the guard pierced his body with a spear, blood and water flowed out, indicating acute heart failure.
  • If Jesus really just fainted after all that, it’d be very difficult for Him to survive without any medical attention for two days in the tomb. The stone that sealed Jesus’ tomb would have weighed about 1 to 2 tonnes, about the weight of a car. Jesus would not have enough strength to remove that stone by himself and then fight and overpower the Roman guards outside the tomb!

d. Jesus’ disciples stole His body

  • When the chief priests heard about the empty tomb, they told the soldiers to life that Jesus’ disciples came to steal the body.
  • Matt 28:13 “When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’”
  • Jesus’ disciples were fearful when Jesus was arrested and crucified. They ran away and hid. Peter denied Him. How can these cowards have the courage to overpower the Roman guards and steal Jesus’ body?
  • What did they have to gain by stealing the body? The disciples were persecuted, tortured, and eventually killed for preaching the resurrection! No one would go through all that to protect a lie.
  • In fact, the disciples’ lives were transformed. Peter, who denied Jesus 3 times, was so transformed that he stood up and preached a fiery message on Pentecost, and 3000 people were saved that day!

Conclusion

  • So what’s the conclusion? An empty tomb, eyewitness accounts, debunked theories, and transformed lives! All evidence point to a risen Lord and Saviour.
  • Jesus is alive! He conquered sin and death and rose again so that we can have new life in Him.
  • Would you like to have Jesus’ life in you? Let’s pray!
  • Lead those who want to accept Jesus in prayer.

Lesson: The Empty Tomb



1. Story (based on Luke 24:1-12, John 20:1-18)

  • Good morning, boys and girls! (Good morning!) 
  • Do you like mystery stories?
  • Today we are going to hear about the most exciting mystery story every told. I call it, “The Case of the Empty Tomb.” 
  • This is a story about what happened after Jesus died on the cross.  Jesus died on a Friday.  It was a very sad day.  It was sad because Jesus’ friends didn’t know what was going to happen.  They didn’t understand why Jesus had to die.
  • Late on that Friday afternoon, Jesus’ body was taken down from the cross.  It was wrapped in long strips of cloth.  And it was buried in a rich man’s tomb.  A large stone was rolled over the entrance to the tomb, and soldiers were standing outside to make sure that nothing happened to Jesus’ body.  Jesus was dead.
  • The Bible tells us (hold up your Bible) that this is what happened next:
  • Early on Sunday morning when it was still dark, Jesus’ friend, Mary Magdalene, went to the tomb and saw that the large stone that was rolled over the mouth of the empty tomb was gone! 
  • When she looked in, what did she see? An empty tomb!
  • So, she ran away. Why do you think Mary ran away?  (Let the children answer:  Was she afraid?  What could have happened?  Jesus’ body was not there.  The stone had been moved.)
  • Mary ran to two more of Jesus’ friends, Simon Peter and John.  So, Peter and John ran very fast to the tomb. (Have the children stand and run in place.)
  • John ran so fast that he beat Peter there. (Have the children stop and sit down)
  • Why do you think the friends ran (really animated)?  (Let the children answer:  Were they shocked?  Was it hard to believe what Mary had told them?)
  • The friend and Peter looked inside the tomb.  Guess what they saw?
  • An empty tomb!
  • There were strips of cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ body.  They saw the cloth that had been put on Jesus face.  John saw, and he believed.  What did he believe? Jesus was dead, but God raised him to life.
  • Do you believe that Jesus is alive?  (Pause).
  • Mary didn’t understand. She was sad.  She thought Jesus was missing.  The friends went back to their homes, but Mary stayed at the empty tomb, and she cried.  Why do you think that Mary cried?  (Let the children answer: She thought that Jesus was dead, and now his body was missing too!)
  • A man came to Mary.  He said, “Why are you crying?  Who are you looking for?”  Mary said, “If you took him away, please tell me where he is.  I’ll go and get him.” 
  • He said her name, “Mary.”  It was Jesus!  He had been dead.  But now he was alive!  Now Mary believed!  She wanted to touch him and hug him!  Jesus said, “Not yet.  I’m going to the Father.”
  • Then, Mary ran away. Why do you think Mary ran this time?  (Let the children answer.)
  • Mary had good news!  She was going to tell her friends, “I have seen Jesus! He was dead!   But now He is alive! He is risen!  And he is giving us life, so that we can live with the Father again!
  • Would you like to know Jesus and receive this life? Pray with me: Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for me so that my sins can be forgiven. Thank you that you rose again so that I can have new life in you. Thank you that you open the way to the Father for me. I accept you into my life today. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
2. Activity Suggestion:
  • Simple craft on Empty Tomb