“Now after the Sabbath, near dawn of the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala and the other Mary went to take a look at the tomb.  And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled the boulder back and sat upon it.  His appearance was like lightning and his garments as white as snow.  And those keeping guard were so frightened at the sight of him that they trembled and became like dead men…” Matthew 28:1-4

Resurrection – angel/tomb

You will need a “jacob’s ladder” under the soldier.  For instructions go to you-tube and look up “how to make a jacob’s ladder” uploaded by rostichery.  Make sure the sky is colored or the wings will not show up very well. The kids will need to write out the verse from Romans…have them do it first so there is not a rush at the end of your time with them…it is an important verse! Optional: add a little “dazzle” with glitter.

“Lord,If You had Been Here…”

Lazarus, Come out

By the time Jesus arrived in Bethany at the summons of his dear friends Martha and Mary, their beloved brother Lazarus had been dead four days.  Both sisters had suffered not only the loss of a family member, but the gut-wrenching knowledge that their Lord had delayed in coming to be with them in their time of great need. “Lord, if (only) you had been here…” was their mournful cry.  But Jesus had a reason for the delay, and after giving them hope and sharing in their grief , He asked that the stone to the tomb be rolled away.   Our Savior then proved that He was the resurrection and the life by calling Lazarus forth from death’s tyrannical grip.  After this display of Christ’s undeniable power, the Jewish leadership determined to put Jesus to death.  They were unwilling to surrender to the truth .  The penalty for this rejection of truth is written in John 3:36,” He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes not shall not see life; but the wrath of God abides on him.”Try to trace the stone in black so you can glue the risen Lazarus between it and the stone with the inscription.  A piece of magic tape rolled up and placed on the back of the figure of Lazarus will enable the children to move Lazarus as they act out the story.

Water into Wine

water to wine -part 1

Anyone who thinks that Jesus is a “party-pooper”, should check out His first miracle in John 2.  Illustrated by my son, Aaron Ernst; this lesson will inspire the kids into re-telling the story themselves by pulling the tab in the back. After the page is colored and the memory verse is copied, you will have to help insert the “water- to -wine” tabs.  Have these made up ahead of time as well as the slits cut in the 2 jars  in the middle of the page as shown.  The tab is made with wax paper and purple construction paper, the whole length of which is encased in magic-tape for strength  and trimmed.  Gummed reinforcements (4 needed, 2 on each end) keep the tab from slipping out of the 2 slits.  One page of card-stock is recommended for each participant.

water o wine - part2