Key Passage: Matthew 21:9 “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
Big Picture Question: What did Jesus do after He was raised from the dead? Jesus showed many people that He was alive, and He is alive today.
Christ Connection: God made Jesus alive again! Jesus visited many, many people so they would know He is alive. Jesus is still alive today.
Thank you for continuing this journey of The Gospel Project® for Kids. After Jesus’ resurrection, Jesus graciously appeared to the disciples, proving that He was alive. Even though Jesus had told His disciples that He would die and rise again, they believed by seeing.
Talk about how the disciples must have felt when Jesus appeared in the locked room with them. Jesus told them not to be afraid! To prove that He had a real, physical body, Jesus let them touch His hands. He even ate some fish! Jesus gave the disciples the Holy Spirit and equipped them to proclaim the gospel.
The resurrection is essential to the gospel. If Christ remained dead, His death would have meant nothing more than any other human being’s. God gives us victory over death through Jesus. Emphasize to your kids that Christians have a special purpose: to tell others that Jesus is alive!
Family Activity: Set up a fun crime scene. Consider the case of the missing cookies. Decide who the culprit is going to be. Spill a little flour on the kitchen floor. Take the culprit’s shoe and make a partial print in the floor. Then place crumbs in the culprit’s room and a piece of clothing that will match the bandit’s description. After everything is set up, invite the family to join you. Explain that someone in the family has taken a plate of cookies. Give a loose description of the article of clothing and invite family members to look at the crime scene in the kitchen. Explain that evidence can be found in other rooms of the house, but no one needs to open any drawers or closets to find it. Talk about how cases are solved using evidence. Read 1 Corinthians 15:3-8. Talk about the evidence that Jesus rose from the dead.