“Lesson 45: The Gift of the Atonement (Easter)” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 202–6
“Lesson 45,” Primary 6: Old Testament, 202–6
To help the children understand that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, each of us may receive the gifts of immortality and eternal life.
Moses 1:39—God’s plan is to make immortality and eternal life possible for each of us.
Isaiah 53:5–7—The Messiah will atone for our sins.
Matthew 26:36–46—Jesus Christ suffers in Gethsemane.
Psalm 22:16, 18—The wicked will pierce the hands and feet of the Savior. They will cast lots for his clothing.
Luke 23:33–34, 46—Jesus Christ is crucified.
Matthew 27:57–66—Jesus Christ is buried in Joseph of Arimathea’s tomb.
Isaiah 25:8—The Savior will overcome death.
Hosea 13:14—The Savior will redeem all of us from the grave.
Matthew 28:1–10—Jesus Christ is resurrected.
Study the lesson and decide how you want to teach the children the scripture accounts (see “Preparing Your Lessons,” p. vi, and “Teaching from the Scriptures,” p. vii). Select the discussion questions and enrichment activities that will best help the children achieve the purpose of the lesson.
Make a wordstrip that says:
Prepare a chart similar to the following:
A Bible for each child.
A Pearl of Great Price and a Doctrine and Covenants.
Pictures 6-27, The Crucifixion (Gospel Art Picture Kit 230; 62505); 6-47, Jesus Praying in Gethsemane (Gospel Art Picture Kit 227; 62175); and 6-48, The Resurrected Jesus Christ (Gospel Art Picture Kit 239; 62187).
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
You may use one or more of the following activities any time during the lesson or as a review, summary, or challenge.
Make wordstrips with key words or phrases from Old Testament prophecies, such as:
Display the wordstrips at the front of the class as you teach the scripture account of the Savior’s Atonement. Have the children listen for these words, phrases, or general ideas to see the fulfillment of these prophecies. Help the children understand the difficult phrases.
To use this activity, before class write the following questions on separate pieces of paper. During class give the questions to six different children.
What is death?
What is resurrection?
Who was the first person on earth to be resurrected?
What are the two greatest gifts Jesus Christ gave to us?
What gift is given to us from Jesus Christ without any effort on our part?
What gift from Jesus Christ do we have to work for?
Tell the children you are going to give an answer to a question. The child who has the right question is to read it aloud. Here are some possible answers to the questions you handed out:
When the spirit leaves the body. (What is death?)
When the body and spirit come together again, never to be separated. (What is resurrection?)
Jesus Christ. (Who was the first person on earth to be resurrected?)
Immortality and eternal life. (What are two gifts Jesus Christ gave to us?)
The gift of resurrection or immortality. (What gift is given to us without any effort on our part?)
The gift of eternal life. (What gift do we have to work for?)
Show a picture of someone you love who has died. Tell how you feel knowing that because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, if you live worthily you will see this loved one again. Let the children tell about someone who has died in their family whom they would like to see again. Explain that we do not need to fear death. Prophets have revealed that we will see our loved ones again, and we will feel great comfort and joy in the spirit world after death. Joseph Smith said: “I have a father, brothers, children, and friends who have gone to a world of spirits. They are only absent for a moment. They are in the spirit, and we shall soon meet again” (History of the Church, 6:316).
Brigham Young said: “We shall turn round and look upon it [the valley of death] and think, … I thirst no more, I want to sleep no more, I tire no more, … [I feel] nothing like pain or weariness, I am full of life, full of vigor, and I enjoy the presence of my Heavenly Father” (in Journal of Discourses, 17:142).
If you are teaching older children, prepare a matching game with the headings “Prophecies” and “Fulfillment of Prophecies.” Have the children read an assigned reference from the lettered list of fulfillment of prophecies and match it with the appropriate prophecy from the numbered list. Some examples you might use are:
Fulfillment of Prophecies
Isaiah 53:7—He opened not his mouth
Psalm 34:20—No broken bones
Zechariah 9:9—Came riding on an ass
Psalm 22:1—Why hast thou forsaken me?
Psalm 22:18—Cast lots for his garments
Zechariah 11:13—Thirty pieces of silver
Answers: 1-b, 2-e, 3-a, 4-f, 5-d, 6-c
Discuss the third article of faith and help the children memorize it.
Gather together the following small objects and attach to each a piece of paper with the corresponding scripture references. Place the objects in a basket or sack, and let each child choose an object and read the scripture. Have the class decide how the object relates to the story of the Atonement.
Sing or read the words to “Did Jesus Really Live Again?” (Children’s Songbook, p. 64), “Jesus Has Risen” (Children’s Songbook, p. 70), “There Is a Green Hill Far Away” (Hymns, no. 194), or “He Is Risen!” (Hymns, no. 199).
Invite a child to give the closing prayer.