Lesson: I am the Resurrection and the LifeIntroduction: Use the flannelgraph pieces from My Wonder Studio to tell the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead.
In John 14:19, Jesus said "Because I live, you will also live."
Watch a video about the resurrection of Jesus.
- Pot or tray for planting
- sticks to make crosses
- string to tie crosses together
- potting soil
- small pot
- rock about the size of the top of the small pot
- mini garden plants: palm-type plant, plant with red leaves or flowers, plant that has thorns (some succulents would work as well)
- optional pebbles for a pathway
- optional boy/girl figurine and bench
- optional grass seed or moss
Have the kids put the soil in their pot and put the small pot sideways and cover the sides so it looks like a tomb in a hillside. Set the rock near the opening of the tomb. Make three crosses from sticks and twine and stand them up in the back of the garden. Then, plant the plants around it. Discuss the significance of each type of plant: palm plant for the story of palm Sunday, thorns for the crown of thorns, and a red plant for Jesus paying for our sins with his blood. If desired, add a pebble pathway to the tomb, a figurine looking at the tomb, and/or grass seed or moss to cover the dirt.
Alternative craft: Pop-up Resurrection Scene from amysfreeideas.com.
Song: Sing a song of John 11:25-26 like one of these
Put the following questions on paper in a hat and have a student pick out a question to answer.
- What is resurrection?
- How do we get to live forever?
- When does eternal life begin?
- Name as many people who were resurrected as possible?
- Say or sing John 11:25.
- Who did Jesus raise from the dead in the story?
- Who were Lazarus' sisters?
- Why was Jesus able to raise Lazarus from the dead?
What activities, crafts, snacks, and songs have you used to help teach about Jesus being the Resurrection and the Life? Share them in the comments below.