This week’s lesson is Based on John 11
- What are the names of Jesus’ good friends in the story? Mary, Martha, and Lazarus
- Martha knew the only one who could heal Lazarus was who? Jesus!
- Did Jesus leave right away when he heard that Lazarus was sick? No! In fact, he stayed where he was for two more days!
- By the time Jesus got there, Lazarus had already been dead for days! Mary and Martha were sad, and probably felt a little angry at Jesus for not coming and healing him (after all, he healed all sorts of other people, and he was their friend!
- Have you ever felt angry or sad because God didn’t do something you asked him to do?
- Jesus was sad that Lazarus had died too. In fact, do you know what the shortest verse in the Bible is?! It’s in today’s story! (Hint: check out John 11:35).
- But Jesus, because he was the Son of God, was more powerful than _________. (death)
- How do you think YOU would have felt if you watched a dead man get up and walk out of his grave?!
- What do you think would have showed the people how powerful God was more: healing Lazarus when he was sick or raising him from the dead? Why?
- Why is it important for us that Jesus is more powerful than death? Because part of God’s plan was that Jesus was going to die too. And when he died, he did it to take our sin – rescuing us from pain and sadness and the bad choices we make. But because Jesus is more powerful than death, he rose again too! Because Jesus is life, he gives US new life. When we believe in Him, not only do we get to live forever with him someday, but we get to live our lives with him now!
This week, we’re going to make some mummy clothes! For this activity you’ll need:
- Toilet paper or crepe paper streamers (1 roll)
- Masking tape (optional)
*In our story today, Jesus told Lazarus to come out of the tomb. When he did, he still had his grave clothes wrapped around him. Today you’ll wrap up one of your family members like Lazarus would have been wrapped up, using toilet paper (or streamer)!
What you do: Choose one person to be the “mummy,” and have the rest of the family wrap them up – being careful not to cover their eyes/nose/mouth. You can use tape to hold sections of the toilet paper if it tears easily, or you can just tuck in the ends and keep going.
EGC KIDS TIP: After your mummy breaks out of their grave clothes, save the pieces to use for our Remember Verse activity below!
- To help you memorize this week’s verse, grab a handful of the discarded “grave clothes” and crumple them into a ball. Take turns tossing the balls into a basket or garbage bag as you say the words to the verse (one word per throw!)
- To make this more challenging, set a timer! At the end, dump the basket out and do it again to see if you can beat your previous time.
- Ephesians 1:18-20 tells us that as children of God, we will know God’s great power. What do you think that means? That the same power that God used to raise Jesus from the dead is STILL at work today!
- Jesus, in today’s story, showed that he had power over everything. Even death! What are some ways that You need Jesus’ power in your life?
- Take some time to talk about those things with God, and ask him to move powerfully in your life too. Whether you need healing, provision, strength, or his help to make right choices – He can do it!
Parents/Guardians, close out your prayer time by speaking this blessing over your child(ren):