As this lessons begins, remind participants that everyone will be in a different place spiritually; therefore, as discussion is shared, encourage them to offer each other mercy and grace; especially during vulnerable moments or times of weakness. Our goal is never to fix anyone, but instead to listen and offer support when needed. Personal discussion, unless otherwise noted, should always remain confidential.
Scripture: And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:4).
Lesson: Begin lesson by playing the video, Easter According to Kids. This can be found on YouTube. Type in: Easter According to Kids, by Southland Christian Church.
*Ask this question: Can you describe what Easter means to you?
Activity: Use 12 plastic Easter eggs, and have them in an egg carton. Pass around the egg carton, and depending on how many people are present, have them take a few eggs. Each egg should contain something small that represents the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Example:
Egg #1: Triumphal Entry. Symbol: palm leaf. (John 12:13)
Egg #2: Last Supper. Symbol: bread. (Matthew 26:26)
Egg #3: Judas Betrays Jesus. Symbol: silver coin. (Matthew 26:14-15)
Egg #4: Jesus is beaten. Symbol: rope and thorns. (Mark 15:15; Matthew 27:29)
Egg #5: Jesus on the cross. Symbol: cross. (John 19:17-18)
Egg #6: Jesus is crucified. Symbol: nails. (John 20:25)
Egg #7: Casting lots of Jesus’s clothing. Symbol: dice. (Luke 23:34)
Egg #8: Jesus is thirsty. Symbol: sponge. (Matthew 27:48)
Egg #9: Jesus is pierced. Symbol: spear. (John 19:34)
Egg #10: Jesus’s body is prepared for burial. Symbol: cloth and spices. (John 19:40)
Egg #11: Jesus is buried. Symbol: rock. (Matthew 27:59-60)
Egg #12: An empty tomb. Symbol: nothing. (Matthew 28:6)
Create verse cards by writing out each Scripture that corresponds to each egg. As Participants open their egg, ask them if they know what the object is and what it represents. Ask them what it means to them? Then read the Bible verse that corresponds with their object.
Do not number the eggs. At the end, after all the eggs have been opened and discussed, challenge the group, as a whole, to arrange each item into the proper order of when it happened. Have fun!
Application: Read the blog titled: The Newness of Spring, by Bethany Dunn. This can be found online. (I inserted it into this lesson)
Lesson cont.: Finally, ask participants this question: what did the death, burial, and resurrection give us?
Example: It gave us the ability to have a personal relationship with God. …the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom… (Matthew 27:51 NLT).
*It gave us surety by fulfilling the prophets, proving Jesus is the Messiah. …They told him, “Sir, we remember what that deceiver once said while he was still alive: ‘After three days I will rise from the dead’ (Matthew 27: 63 NLT).
* It gave us authority and power. Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18 NLT). Let’s remember that the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is inside of every believer (Romans 8:11). Therefore, through Christ, we have been given all authority on this earth. Satan is defeated.
*It allowed for us to be in constant communion with God. But I tell you I am going to do what is best for you. This is why I am going away. The Holy Spirit cannot come to help you until I leave. But after I am gone, I will send the Spirit to you (John 16:7 CEV). The Holy Spirit now lives inside of us.
The Newness of Spring
Spring is a time of sunshine and flowers. As we see the green grass and observe the birds sitting on their nests, we are prompted to reflect on the new life that we have in Christ!
Many of us are familiar with 2 Corinthians 5:17 which tells us, “…if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” When I read this verse, I think about the trees. In autumn, the leaves of the trees turn brown and fall off. We see bare, dry trees and think to ourselves how we cannot wait for spring, because we know what’s coming. We know that the trees will bud and bloom and become breathtakingly beautiful.
This is the same way with us. God’s Word tells us that “…God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). In other words, Christ saw us at our worst – dried up, brown, bare, undesirable – and thought to Himself, “I cannot wait for ‘spring’. I cannot wait to make this creature my child. I can make her breathtakingly beautiful. I will provide a way to make her new”. He saw each of us at our lowest point, and all He could think of was His desire to provide a way for us to be made new.
So He died. He died for the dried up trees that we are so that if we accept Him as our Lord and Savior we can become new, with beautiful blossoms of His grace covering our shame. We can be seen as beautiful and righteous before a holy God; not because of any good that we have done, but because Christ has placed His own righteousness as a robe to cover us. We know that Christ was victorious in this because He then rose from the dead, proving that He truly did conquer sin and death – the things that make us unfit to enter into His Father’s perfect kingdom.
Spring is a wonderful time to be reminded of the amazing grace that Christ has extended toward us. Like the trees, we too can be made new and beautiful. Join me in praising the Lord for His awesome love and mercy that we do not deserve!