To help each child understand that Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead and that we will all be resurrected.
Prayerfully study Matthew 27:52–53; 28:1–15; Luke 24; John 20; Acts 1:3, 9–11; and 1 Corinthians 15:5–6, 22. Then study the lesson and decide how you want to teach the children the scripture account. (See “Preparing Your Lessons,” p. vi, and “Teaching from the Scriptures,” p. vii.)
Additional reading: Mark 16.
Select the discussion questions and enrichment activities that will involve the children and best help them achieve the purpose of the lesson.
A Bible or a New Testament for each child.
Pieces of paper with one of the following words or phrases on each one: linen cloth, spices, garden, soldiers, stone.
Pictures 7-35, Jesus’ Tomb (62111); 7-36, Mary and the Resurrected Lord (Gospel Art Picture Kit 233; 62186); and 7-37, The Resurrected Jesus Christ (Gospel Art Picture Kit 239; 62187).
Suggested Lesson Development
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Put the pieces of paper listed in the “Preparation” section into a container, and have the children take turns choosing a piece of paper. Ask them to describe what is listed, and then ask them if they can tell you how that word or phrase pertains to Jesus’ burial. Use enough words or phrases for each child to have a turn.
Ask the children to imagine that it is early on the Sunday morning following the crucifixion and burial of Jesus. Have them imagine that they are with the disciples, who are grieving Jesus’ death. They had hoped that Jesus would save them from Roman rule and establish his kingdom on the earth in power and glory. But now he is dead. Tell the children that you are going to discuss what happened that Sunday morning in Jerusalem.
Using the pictures at appropriate times, teach the children the accounts of Jesus’ resurrection found in Matthew 27:52–53, 28:1–15, Luke 24, and John 20. (For suggested ways to teach the scripture accounts, see “Teaching from the Scriptures,” p. vii.) Explain that even though Jesus had told his disciples many times that he would live again after he had died, his followers had not really understood what he meant. Never before had anyone been resurrected, and they did not understand how Jesus would live again. Even when his disciples heard from angels that Jesus had risen from the dead and saw the risen Lord, it was still hard for them to realize what had happened.
Discussion and Application Questions
Study the following questions and the scripture references as you prepare your lesson. Use the questions you feel will best help the children understand the scriptures and apply the principles in their lives. Reading the references with the children in class will help them gain insights into the scriptures.
Why did Mary Magdalene and the other women come to the tomb on Sunday morning? (Mark 16:1.) Whom did the women see when they went to the tomb? (Luke 24:4.) What did the angels say to the women? (Luke 24:5–6.) What does it mean to be resurrected? (A spirit body reunites with its body of flesh and bones, never to be separated again.)
What did the women do after they saw the empty tomb? (Luke 24:8–12.) Why didn’t the disciples believe the women’s account of what the angels had said? (Luke 24:11; John 20:9.) What do you think you would have thought if you had been one of the disciples and had heard this news?
What did Peter and the other disciple find when they went to the tomb? (John 20:3–7. Explain that “the other disciple” was probably John.) Why did they believe Jesus Christ had been resurrected? (John 20:8.)
Why was Mary still sad even after the angels told her that Jesus had risen? (John 20:11–13.) What happened to help Mary know Jesus was resurrected? (John 20:14–16.) Why did Jesus tell her not to touch him? (John 20:17.)
Who walked with the disciples on the road to the city of Emmaus the day Jesus was resurrected? (Luke 24:13–16.) What did the three men talk about on their walk? (Luke 24:17–27.) What did these disciples feel in their hearts when they spoke with Jesus? (Luke 24:32.) What would cause their hearts to burn? (The Holy Ghost.) How have you or your family members received inspiration from the Spirit?
What did Jesus do on the evening of the day he was resurrected? (Luke 24:36–48.) Why did the disciples have the door closed when Jesus appeared to them? (John 20:19.) How did the disciples react when they saw Jesus? (Luke 24:37.) What did Jesus do to prove to his disciples that he was resurrected? What did the disciples learn about a resurrected body? (Luke 24:39–43.)
Why didn’t Thomas believe that Jesus was resurrected? (John 20:24–25.) How long was it before Thomas saw Jesus? (John 20:26.) What did Jesus tell Thomas when he appeared to him? (John 20:29.) What strengthens your testimony that Jesus Christ was resurrected?
How long did Jesus stay with his disciples after his resurrection? (Acts 1:3.)
How did Jesus ascend into heaven? (Acts 1:9–11.) Who came to explain to the people what had happened? What does this account teach us about Jesus’ second coming?
You may use one or more of the following activities any time during the lesson or as a review, summary, or challenge.
Give each child one of the following clues and have him or her read it to the class. Have class members guess the answer to each clue. If they do not know an answer, have the child asking the question give the reference so the children can find the answer in the scriptures.
I am the first person Jesus appeared to after his resurrection. Who am I? (Mary Magdalene. John 20:1, 16.)
Jesus appeared to us, and we touched his feet. Who are we? (Other women. Matthew 28:5, 9.)
I was the first Apostle to enter the empty tomb. Who am I? (Peter. John 20:6.)
I am an Apostle who ran with Peter to the empty tomb. When I saw, I believed that Jesus had been resurrected. Who am I? (John. John 20:8.)
My friend and I walked with Jesus all the way to Emmaus, yet I didn’t recognize him. Who am I? (Cleopas. Luke 24:18.)
Jesus appeared to us while we were meeting together in a room with the doors closed. Who are we? (Disciples. John 20:19.)
I was not with the other Apostles when Jesus first appeared to them. I did not believe that Jesus had risen from the dead until I saw him with my own eyes and felt the prints of the nails in his hands and feet. Who am I? (Thomas. John 20:24.)
We were present when the angels rolled the stone from the door. The chief priests bribed us to lie about what we saw. Who are we? (Roman soldiers. Matthew 28:12.)
Write words that tell how the disciples might have felt the day Jesus died—such as grief, sorrow, sadness, and despair—in a column on the chalkboard. Have the children suggest opposites of those words—such as happiness, joy, hope, and faith—and write them in another column. Explain that these feelings are what the disciples probably felt when they realized Jesus had been resurrected. Discuss what the hope of being resurrected means to each of us.
With the approval of the Primary presidency, prayerfully select and invite a Church member who has had a loved one die to share with the children what the Resurrection means to him or her.
Sing or read the words to
“Did Jesus Really Live Again?” (Children’s Songbook, p. 64), “He Sent His Son” (Children’s Songbook, p. 34), or “I Know That My Redeemer Lives” (Hymns, no. 136).
Express your feelings about the Savior’s resurrection and its importance to you. Testify that Jesus’ suffering in the garden, his death, and his resurrection are the most important things that have ever happened on the earth.
Suggested Home Reading
Suggest that the children study Luke 24 at home as a review of this lesson.
Invite a child to give the closing prayer.