“The Miracle of Easter,” Friend, April 2019
Learn about Easter! You could read one part each day starting on Palm Sunday, a week before Easter.
Our Heavenly Parents love us dearly. They want us to live with Them forever. Before we came to earth, Heavenly Father knew we would need someone to show us the path back to Him. We would need someone to save us from our sins. Who could He send to save us?
Scripture: John 3:16
Song: “He Sent His Son” (Children’s Songbook, 34–35)
When Jesus was a boy, He lived with Mary and Joseph in a city called Nazareth. He always did what Heavenly Father wanted Him to do.
Scripture: Luke 2:40
Song: “Jesus Once Was a Little Child” (Children’s Songbook, 55)
When Jesus grew up, He went to the Jordan River. He asked His cousin, John the Baptist, to baptize Him. Then He began to teach others about Heavenly Father.
Scripture: Matthew 3:16–17
Song: “Baptism” (Children’s Songbook, 100–101)
Wherever He went, Jesus taught and helped people. No one had ever seen anyone do miracles like He did! He healed people who couldn’t walk and people who couldn’t see. He blessed children and taught people how to pray. He even brought a girl who had died back to life. What greater miracles could there be than these?
Scripture: Matthew 9:35
Song: “The Miracle,” verse 1 (Friend, June 2018, 24–25)
Some people were angry with Jesus because of His teachings. They didn’t believe that He was the Son of God. Jesus knew it was almost time for the greatest miracle of all. Jesus gave His disciples the sacrament to help them remember His sacrifice for us. Then He went with some of the disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane. There He prayed to Heavenly Father, and He felt the pain of all of our sins. He did this so we could repent and return to live with our Heavenly Parents.
Scripture: Luke 22:41–45
Song: “Gethsemane” (Friend, Mar. 2018, 28–29)
After Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, people came with swords to arrest Him. They took Him to Pilate, the governor of Judea. Then they took Him to a cross on a hill called Calvary.
Song: “The Miracle,” verse 2
After Jesus died, His friends were very sad. The body of their Master, Jesus Christ, lay in a tomb. They thought they would never see Him again. Early Sunday morning, Mary Magdalene and another Mary stood alone outside His tomb. They didn’t know the greatest miracle of all had already happened. The Savior had risen from the dead.
Scripture: Matthew 28:1–3, 5–9
Song: “Did Jesus Really Live Again?” (Children’s Songbook, 64)
Jesus really did live after He had died, and so will we! He visited with His disciples for 40 days. He ate with them and talked with them. What a joyful time it was! Then He asked His disciples to meet Him on a mountain. He told them what they should do after He went to heaven. And He gave them a promise that He would always be with them. This wonderful promise is for us too!
Scripture: Matthew 28:16, 18–20
Song: “When He Comes Again” (Children’s Songbook, 82–83)