*We understand that some children are too young to completely participate in all of the listed activities or fully understand what is being said. However, we encourage you to go through the post with them anyway as if they do understand. Read it to them over and over again. If they cannot do the activity, do it for them where they can observe you or incorporate them in a creative way. By doing so, you are planting seeds, and when you continuously water those seeds with more spiritual enlightenment, God will cause it to grow at just the right time. Then, you will know that God is an active part of their lives. Blessings.
It seemed like a sad day on the day Jesus died on the cross, but really, it was only the beginning of something very exciting.
Why was it exciting? After Jesus died, His body was taken off the cross and laid in a tomb. On Sunday morning, the women went to the tomb to place spices on his body. This was the tradition for burial. However, they could not find Jesus in the tomb. His followers looked too, but He was gone. What happened? Jesus rose from the dead just as he said! This was cause for great celebration!
Why do we celebrate? Jesus rising from the dead is already awesome by itself, but it means more. Our relationship with God was broken. When we break things, we always try to figure out how to fix it. Think about how you have tried to fix something you broke. However, only God could help us fix our broken relationship with Him.
Uh oh. How did the relationship become broken? When God made the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, everything was good, but one day, Adam and Eve decided to disobeyed God. God told Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit of a certain tree. Instead of listening to God, they chose to listen to the serpent. After they ate the fruit, the good relationship they had with God was broken. Because Adam and Eve broke the relationship with God, everyone that is born has a broken relationship with God.
Why is our relationship broken, and how do we know it is broken? Our relationship is broken because we all do wrong. This is called sin. We may not mean to do wrong, but sometimes, we do it anyway no matter how hard we try.
How does Jesus fix our broken relationship? Jesus is God’s son and He walked the earth as a human like us. As a human, He was perfect. He never did wrong. He always did right. He was the perfect person to help fix our relationship with God. It was tough what He had to go through, but He did it because He loved us. He died on the cross and rose from the dead. He overcame the enemy who wanted our relationship to stay broken with God. Now, we only need to take the next steps, so we can be with God in heaven one day. Stay tuned to learn more!
- Read the full story about Jesus rising from the dead in Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; and John 20.
- Reenact the story. How would you tell it to your family and friends?
- Have a party to celebrate Jesus rising from the dead!
- Print the coloring sheet from CCE Contributor and Illustrator Jack Foster. Color or paint it. Click Empty Tomb Coloring Sheet to open. Print extra to share with family and friends at your party.
- Share your reenactment or coloring sheet with CCE via social media (@CCEKid), by email (info@CCEKid.com), or via the contact page.
- Answer the following question. How would you have acted if you saw that the tomb was empty?
We’re excited to hear your answer.
– Jacqui Wilson, CCE Founder
About the Illustrator
Jack Foster is a children’s book illustrator and a Bible story/illustration blogger. He is involved with Free Bible Images, a ministry that supplies illustrations to children’s ministries around the world. His illustrations have been downloaded over 50,000 times in 100 countries around the globe. Getting the truth of God’s word into the hands of children and thus into their hearts is at the heart of Jack’s ministry work.