“Lesson 45: The Resurrection of Jesus Christ (Easter)” Primary 1 (2000), 148–50
“Lesson 45,” Primary 1, 148–50
To help each child understand that Jesus Christ was resurrected.
Picture 1-3, Jesus the Christ (Gospel Art Picture Kit 240; 62572); picture 1-16, The Nativity (Gospel Art Picture Kit 201; 62495); picture 1-55, Sermon on the Mount (Gospel Art Picture Kit 212; 62166); picture 1-59, The Crucifixion (Gospel Art Picture Kit 230; 62505); picture 1-72, Jesus Praying in Gethsemane (Gospel Art Picture Kit 227; 62175); picture 1-73, Burial of Jesus (Gospel Art Picture Kit 231; 62180); picture 1-74, Jesus Shows His Wounds (Gospel Art Picture Kit 234; 62503).
Make the necessary preparations for any Enrichment Activities you want to use.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Remind the children that Jesus is Heavenly Father’s son. Heavenly Father sent Jesus to earth for an important purpose.
Explain that many people who lived during Jesus’ time on earth loved him. However, some people did not like Jesus. They did not believe he was Heavenly Father’s son.
Help the children understand that Jesus came back to life after he died. Jesus is alive right now in heaven, and he will never die again. Explain that Jesus made it possible for us to be resurrected like he was. This means that each of us will live again after we die.
Do you know anyone who has died?
Explain that when people die, their spirits are still alive. Someday they will be resurrected, which means their bodies and spirits will come together again like Jesus’ did. You may want to explain to the children that we may not be resurrected after three days, like Jesus was, but we will all be resurrected someday.
Have the children repeat the word resurrected a few times and tell what it means.
Point out how wonderful it is to know that all the people we know and love—our parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents, and friends—will be resurrected. We will all live again after we die. Jesus made this possible.
Choose some of these activities to use during the lesson.
Briefly discuss some Easter experiences and customs the children are familiar with. Acknowledge that secular Easter customs are fun, but help the children separate those ideas from the real meaning of Easter.
Show the children a glove or mitten. Compare our earthly bodies to a hand with a glove on it. Show how the hand (the spirit) makes the glove (the body) move. Take off the glove and explain that this is like physical death. The spirit and the body are separated, and the body cannot move. Put the glove back on your hand and explain that this is like being resurrected. Now the spirit and body are reunited. Remind the children that because Jesus Christ was resurrected, all people will be resurrected someday.
Make copies of the handout entitled “Jesus Is Our Loving Friend,” found at the end of lesson 6, and let the children color them.
Toss or hand a beanbag or other soft object to a child and have him or her respond to one of the questions below (or a similar question) before tossing or handing the beanbag back to you. Continue until every child has had a turn to answer a question.
Why do we celebrate Easter?
Who was the first person to be resurrected?
What does it mean to be resurrected?
Where was the body of Jesus placed after he died?
After Jesus was resurrected, did many people see Jesus?
Why did Jesus have people touch his resurrected body?
Who else will be resurrected because Jesus was resurrected?
Help the children sing or say the words to “Did Jesus Really Live Again?” (Children’s Songbook, p. 64) or “Jesus Has Risen” (Children’s Songbook, p. 70).
Help the children do the actions to the following activity verse as you say the words:
Here is the place where Jesus lay (point);
See, the stone has been rolled away!
Stoop down; look in (stoop down and shade eyes with hand).
He is not here (stand up)!
Jesus is risen! Be of good cheer (clap hands)!
(Dana Eynon, in Bible Story Finger Plays and Action Rhymes [Cincinnati, Ohio: Standard Publishing Co., 1964], p. 29.)
Explain that Jesus died and was resurrected in the springtime. The springtime is a time of new life. Trees and flowers begin to grow again. Many animals are born in the spring. Let each child draw a picture of flowers or baby animals. Show picture 1-3, Jesus the Christ, and explain that because Jesus was resurrected, we will all live again after we die.
Help the children sing or say the words to “Jesus Loved the Little Children” (Children’s Songbook, p. 59) or “Jesus Is Our Loving Friend” (Children’s Songbook, p. 58). Remind the children that we celebrate Easter to remember Jesus and his resurrection.