Worship Songs for You and Your Family:
We encourage you to take some time to worship God through song. Whether you are by yourself or with your family, take some time to sing praises to Him.
For families with young children:
123 Jesus is Alive
God’s not dead
The Lord’s Supper:
We encourage you to take time with your loved ones to remember the death and resurrection of our Lord through communion. As you likely do not have communion wafers and grape juice, be flexible- use crackers, fruit punch, etc. The most important aspect is the remembrance of His gift to us.
Watch this devotional video during communion. It highlights important scriptures outlining Christ’s death and resurrection and features artistic depictions of it:
Home Study: The Resurrection of Jesus
Watch the Message:
The secret to living in hope, even when we are hurting, is to know the promise of the resurrection.
- What do you think the women may have been talking about on their way to the tomb?
- What is significant about the angels’ message to the women?
- Why would the 11 not believe the women’s testimony? Was Peter the exception?
- Verses 36-49 tell us about Jesus’ appearance to the disciples and how He proved Himself to them. What do you think was the most convincing factor?
- What difference does the resurrection make to you?
- Who will you share this with?
For Families with Young Children:
That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Watch this video about the story of Jesus’ resurrection told by the Cunningham family:
Sometimes it is easy to get wrapped up in all the candy and eggs on this holiday, but it is important to remember the real reason we celebrate. God sent his son Jesus to earth as a baby so that he could die for us. Jesus’s death meant that we could be forgiven and live forever in Heaven with him someday. Romans 5:8 says, “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Have you ever had to do something really hard and scary? Maybe not, but all of us have had to do something we didn’t want to do (like eating our vegetables or cleaning our rooms). None of us though, have had to do something as hard as Jesus did. He allowed himself to be beaten and killed for us. Did you know that Jesus could have just spoken a word and he would have been saved? He could have saved himself from being beaten, spit on, made fun of, having thorns forced into his head, and being hung on a cross with nails through his hands and feet; but he didn’t. Why? Because he loved YOU and ME!!! Even though you and I weren’t born yet, he already knew about us. Even though he knew we would be sinners, He loved us so much that he was willing to die so that we could be saved from our sins. He knew it would be a horrible death, but he also knew it was the only way to save us. HE CHOSE SAVING YOU OVER SAVING HIMSELF!!
Imagine what it is going to be like when all this craziness going on in the world is over and you get to go play with your friends again. If you were sitting inside bored and someone said your best friend was outside waiting for you, what would you do? Would you say, “Eh, I’ll go see them in a little bit” or would you run to them? How do you think the disciples felt when they saw Jesus alive again?
The bible tells us that after Jesus died, Mary Magdalene went to visit his tomb and found it empty. She went and told Peter. When he was told that Jesus’s tomb was empty, he RAN to find out what happened. (See John 20:1-10) Later when the disciples were out fishing, Jesus appeared to them, and Peter was so excited, he jumped out of the boat and started swimming to Him. Imagine how it will feel someday when we get to meet Jesus face to face. How amazing will that be? What do you think you will do? Is there something you would want to ask Him or talk to Him about?
If Jesus was willing to die for you, do you think he loves you a little or a lot? Do you think he is going to stop loving you if you mess up? Read Romans 8:38-39 to get another take on this.
One of the most well-known bible verses is John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Did you notice that it didn’t say “Whoever is perfect and never does anything wrong will have eternal life?” It says “whoever believes in Him.” Jesus’s blood will wash away all our sins if we believe in him and ask for forgiveness. Our verse for today is Romans 10:9. It says, “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
1. Put 1 tsp of salt and ¼ of vinegar in a cup and stir it up. Put a dirty penny in and wait 10 minutes or so (maybe play the next game while you wait). The mixture should help clean the penny. Even more than that, Jesus has the power to forgive us and make us totally clean.
2. No matter what happens in life, Jesus loves us. Play a game of “Marco, Polo” except say “Je-sus, Loves you”. One person is it and closes their eyes. They will walk around saying “Je-sus” (no peeking) and try to tag someone else… gently. Everyone else has to move around and try not to get tagged. When the person who is it says “Je-sus,” you must respond “Loves you”.
3. Have an adult draw a heart on a paper towel with a permanent marker. Now, take a washable marker and scribble on the heart to represent sin in our hearts. Next, put the sin filled heart in a pan with water and see what happens. When we have Jesus in our hearts and ask Him to forgive us, He washes us clean. He sees and knows the sin in our hearts but wants to make us clean if we will just believe in him ask for his help.