God-Worshiping: He is Risen Indeed.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
He is not here; he is risen, just as he said.
Do you know how the early Christians greeted each other? They said, "He is risen. He is risen indeed." Having watched Jesus die on the cross and having seen him buried in a tomb, the fact that Jesus had risen from that grave was such a stunning event that it became their signature whenever they met. Jesus' resurrection was a dramatic, confirming revelation that Jesus truly was the Son of God.
We pray that this retelling of the Easter story will help you to experience the amazing truth that "He is risen, He is risen indeed." And, that knowing this will give energy and urgency to your witness and confident hope for your future.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. Why did the girl and her family go to Jerusalem?
A. To celebrate the Passover.
Q. What did they see as they came close to Jerusalem?
A. Jesus riding on a colt in the middle of a procession of people all shouting Hosanna!
Q. What happened the afternoon that Jesus died?
A. All of Jerusalem got very dark.
Q. What did the sign on the cross say about Jesus?
A. King of the Jews.
Q. What did the girl and her family hear about Jesus later, after they went back home?
A. That Jesus was not dead, that he had risen from the dead.
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.
Why did Jesus die?
To pay the penalty for our sin, so that we could belong to God's family. (John 3:16, Titus 3:4,5)
What does the resurrection of Jesus mean for those who follow Jesus?
Because Jesus defeated death, I know that I too will be raised from the dead and live in heaven with Jesus. (1 Corinthians 15, John 14:1-4, 1 Peter 1: 3)
Where does Jesus live now? What does he do?
Jesus lives in heaven with his Father. He sits at the right hand of the Father and is the ruler of all creation and the head of the church. He also prays for us, interceding for us to his Father (Romans 8:34, Ephesians 1:20-22).