Resurrection Journey

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  • The Resurrection Journey Day 12

    The empty egg reminds us of the empty tomb and Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.

    Matthew 28:5–8 (ESV)
    5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here, for He has risen, as He said. Come, see the place where He lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead, and behold, He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see Him. See, I have told you.” 8 So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell His disciples.

    Parents, help your children understand the significance of the empty tomb! Explain to them how miraculous it was that Jesus kept His promise to overcome sin and death. He proved that He was the Savior of the world! He now makes it possible for us to be forgiven and to be freed from the power of sin and death. Share the gospel with your kids.
    How does Jesus rising from the dead give you hope?
    How can we share this Good News with other people?

    1. What should we do when we struggle with sin today? (1 John 1:9)
    2. How can we follow Jesus as a family? (Eph. 6:1-3 + Col. 3:18-21)

  • The Resurrection Journey Day 11

    EGG 11 • THE STONE
    The stone reminds us of the tomb with the stone rolled away.

    Matthew 28:1–6 (ESV)
    28 Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4 And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men.

    Parents, help your kids understand how significant the precautions were that the Jewish and Romans leaders took to make sure that the disciples couldn’t pretend Jesus was resurrected. Help them recognize how amazing it is that God sent an angel to defy the human authorities and to fulfill His plan.
    How would you respond if you came to the grave of Jesus and saw an angel and the fierce Roman soldiers hiding in fear? Jesus’ resurrection was God’s plan all along (John 2:19)!
    Where can we find God’s plan for our lives?

    1. Who can stand in the way of God’s plan? Who stood in the way of man’s plan?
    2. Should we follow man’s plan or God’s plan? What does that look like for our lives?

  • The Resurrection Journey Day 10

    EGG 10 • GAUZE
    The gauze reminds us of the linen cloth used by Joseph of Arimathea to wrap Jesus’ body after He died on the cross.

    Matthew 27:57-60

    57 When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. 58 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. 59 And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away.

    Explain the danger that Joseph would have been in to be identified with Jesus. Yet Joseph loved Jesus so much that he put his life on the line to give Him a proper burial
    What are some ways we can sacrifice for Jesus and show that we love Him?
    What are some ways we can sacrifice for others?

    1. Have you ever been afraid to tell someone that you follow Jesus?
    2. How can we be brave and tell others that we love Jesus? (Ephesians 6:19-20)

  • The Resurrection Journey Day 9

    This item reminds us of the spear that the Roman soldiers used to pierce Jesus’ side when He was on the cross.

    John 19:33–37 (ESV)
    33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. 34 But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. 35 He who saw it has borne witness—his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth—that you also may believe. 36 For these things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled: “Not one of His bones will be broken.” 37 And again another Scripture says, “They will look on Him whom they have pierced.”

    Parents, help your children understand that although it was incredibly hard, God the Father sent His Son to die for us. Help them understand that Jesus willingly went to the cross for us. Explain the hope that we have of forgiveness and heaven if we believe in Him.
    Why do you think God would choose to send His Son to die for you?
    How should you respond to Jesus giving up His life for you?

    1. Take some time to walk your family through the Romans road. (Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, Romans 5:8, Romans 10:9)
    2. How should we be encouraged that Jesus death was part of Gods plan for us? (John 3:16)

  • The Resurrection Journey Day 8

    EGG 8 • ONE DIE
    This die reminds us of the Roman soldiers gambling for Jesus’ clothes.

    John 19:23–24 (ESV)

    23 When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took His garments and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier; also His tunic. But the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom, 24 so they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be.” This was to fulfill the Scripture which says,
    “They divided my garments among them,
    and for my clothing they cast lots.”
    So the soldiers did these things

    Parents, use this opportunity to teach about the great mercy and forgiveness of Jesus. Help your children understand how they can offer mercy and forgiveness to those who hurt them. Take some time to help define what mercy and forgiveness are and give examples of what that looks like practically.
    What are some ways you’ve been hurt by others?
    What would it look like to follow Jesus’ example of mercy and forgiveness?

    1. Why should we love and forgive others? (1 John 4:19)
    2. Read Matthew 18:23-27 to help provide an example of following Jesus in loving those who sin against us and treat us poorly.

  • The Resurrection Journey Day 7

    The three nails remind us of the nails that were driven into Jesus’ hands and feet to nail Him to the cross.

    Luke 23:33-43 (ESV)
    33 When the soldiers came to the place called “The Skull,”[b] they nailed Jesus to a cross. They also nailed the two criminals to crosses, one on each side of Jesus.34-35 Jesus said, “Father, forgive these people! They don’t know what they’re doing.” While the crowd stood there watching Jesus, the soldiers gambled for His clothes. The leaders insulted Him by saying, “He saved others. Now He should save himself, if He really is God’s chosen Messiah!”36 The soldiers made fun of Jesus and brought Him some wine. 37 They said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself!”38 Above Him was a sign that said, “This is the King of the Jews.”39 One of the criminals hanging there also insulted Jesus by saying, “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and save us!”40 But the other criminal told the first one off, “Don’t you fear God? Aren’t you getting the same punishment as this man? 41 We got what was coming to us, but He didn’t do anything wrong.” 42 Then He said to Jesus, “Remember me when you come into power!”43 Jesus replied, “I promise that today you will be with me in paradise.”

    Parents, you and your children need to know that no matter what sin is in our lives, it was paid for by Jesus. If we repent of our sin and confess Jesus as Lord, we too can trust the promise of paradise with Jesus for eternity.
    Why did Jesus die on the cross?
    Have you trusted Jesus? If no, share the gospel message. (God. Man. Christ. Response.)
    If yes, then let’s praise God for His promise of salvation!

    Read the other gospel accounts of the crucifixion (Matthew 27:32-44, Mark 15:21-32, John 19:16-22) and compare and contrast some of the different events.

  • The Resurrection Journey Day 6

    The crown of thorns reminds us of the crown that the soldiers placed on Jesus’ head while mocking Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”

    Matthew 27:28–30 (ESV)
    28 And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him, 29 and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on His head and put a reed in His right hand. And kneeling before Him, they mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 30 And they spit on Him and took the reed and struck Him on the head.

    Parents, teach your kids about the cruelness and unkindness of the soldiers toward Jesus. Help them understand that it was because they did not believe that they were so mean to Jesus. Unbelief leads to sinful, mean behavior.
    How do we act and speak when we are choosing to sin?
    How should believing in Jesus change the way we treat Him and others?

    1. Read Isaiah 53. How does the crown of thorns relate to this prophecy?
    2. Although the crown of thorns was placed on Jesus' head to mock Him, He truly is king. Can you think of ways that He is King of your life? Where might you need to let Him rule?

  • The Resurrection Journey Day 5

    The leather reminds us of the whip used to give Jesus 39 lashes after his trial by Pilate.

    Mark 15:12–15 (ESV)
    12 And Pilate again said to them, “Then what shall I do with the man you call the King of the Jews?” 13 And they cried out again, “Crucify Him.” 14 And Pilate said to them, “Why? What evil has He done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify Him.” 15 So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified.

    Parents, read Isaiah 53 with your children and ask them who they think it is talking about (hint: it’s Jesus). Explain to them that this was written 700 years before Jesus walked the earth! What an amazing prophecy and plan that God had to send Jesus to rescue us through suffering.
    Why did Jesus have to endure this horrible treatment?
    What did Jesus accomplish by obeying His Father to the very end?

    1. How should we respond when others hurt us? (Isaiah 50:6)
    2. Jesus’ suffering lead to our healing. How should we respond? (Hint: Acts 8:32-39)

  • The Resurrection Journey Day 4

    The praying hands remind us of Jesus visiting the Garden of Gethsemane to pray.

    Luke 22:39-46 (ESV)
    39 And He came out and went, as was His custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed Him. 40 And when He came to the place, He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” 41 And He withdrew from them about a stone's throw, and knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” 43 And there appeared to Him an angel from heaven, strengthening Him. 44 And being in agony He prayed more earnestly; and His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.[a] 45 And when He rose from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow, 46 and He said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”

    Jesus prayed in the Garden to ask God the Father for strength. He showed us just how important prayer should be in our lives if we have a relationship with God.
    Do you have a relationship with God? If not, share the Gospel with your kids! (God. Man. Christ. Response.)
    If so, why should you pray?

    1. When should we pray? (Ephesians 6:18 + 1 Thess. 5:17)
    2. How should we pray? (Matthew 6:9-13)

  • The Resurrection Journey Day 3

    EGG 3 • THE CUP
    The cup reminds us of Jesus’ last supper with His disciples before His crucifixion. It was used for the wine, which symbolizes Jesus’ blood poured out for us and our sins.

    Matthew 26:26–28 (ESV)
    26 Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27 And He took a cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, 28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

    Parents, explain to your children how Jesus has taken the punishment meant for them, even though He didn’t deserve it and now they are able to be free! His sacrificial work gives us the opportunity for eternal life!
    Has there been a time when you’ve trusted Jesus? If not, share the Gospel with your kids! (God. Man. Christ. Response.)
    If so, how can you give thanks for what Jesus has done in your life?

    1. Communion reminds us what Jesus did for us. What are other ways we can remember what God has done for us?
    2. Read the first Passover from Exodus 12:21-28. Notice the importance of explaining this event to the Israelite children!
    3. Knowing the blood of the lamb kept death from their houses, how did the people respond? (Exodus 12:27)

  • The Resurrection Journey Day 2

    The coins remind us of the 30 pieces of silver that Judas received for betraying Jesus.

    Matthew 26:14–16 (ESV)

    14 Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15 and said, “What will you give me if I deliver Him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. 16 And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray Him.

    Parents, explain to your children that we are just like Judas because we have all betrayed Jesus through our sinful rebellion.
    How have we sinned against Jesus?

    1. How have we sinned against Jesus?
    2. What is the result of our sin? (Rom. 6:23)
    3. What hope is there for us? (Rom. 5:8, 10:9-10)

  • The Resurrection Journey Day 1

    EGG 1 • A DONKEY
    The donkey reminds us of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

    Matthew 21:1-9 (ESV)
    1 Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethpage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and He will send them at once.” 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,
    5 “Say to the daughter of Zion,
    ‘Behold, your king is coming to you,
    humble, and mounted on a donkey,
    on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’”
    6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. 8 Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.9 And the crowds that went before Him and that followed Him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”

    Remind your families that God calls us to follow Him no matter what, and Jesus showed that to us. In peace or in tribulation (good or bad) we should follow Jesus, who is the King of Kings.
    What is peace?
    How do we follow Jesus in good times and bad?

    1. Can you think of examples of good times? Bad?
    2. What is peace? (define the word-look it up in dictionary if needed)
    3. What does it mean that Jesus is the Prince of Peace? (Isaiah 9:6 + Ephesians 2:13-18)

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