Note: The gospel writers didn’t spare their readers—who were adults—any of the gory specifics of Jesus’ torture and death on the cross. If there are younger children present as you lead this episode, be sensitive about sharing graphic details.
When Jesus walks out of His tomb, all of history pivots. Defeat becomes victory, despair erupts into joy, and death itself dies. Everything changed for His followers then—and everything changes for us now.
Today we’ll GET INTO how Jesus rose from the dead and returned to Heaven. After the video, we’ll TALK IT UP and ACT IT OUT, exploring what Jesus’ resurrection means for us.
So get comfortable and watch “The Sealed Tomb.” It’s the story of an event that changed the world!
: to raise from the dead; to come back to life
In today’s video we see Jesus keep a promise no one dared to believe: that He’d die and resurrect 3 days later. Use these questions to TALK IT UP. Dig into what it means for us that Jesus kept His promise.
In this episode we meet a long list of people who are around when Jesus is resurrected. It’s safe to say that only 1 of them—Jesus himself—is fully aware of what’s coming. The rest react with a wide range of emotions—emotions we’ll explore together.
Why? Because what Jesus did needs to bring out an emotional response in us too. It’s one thing to think about Jesus’ resurrection and to know it happened. But it’s another thing to let the full impact of what Jesus did hit us like a gut punch. To rise from the dead—that’s astounding! To know that Jesus’ resurrection opens the gates for us to live on and have eternal life after our own bodies die—that’s mind-boggling. If that doesn’t prompt shivers, nothing else will.
So let’s dive in and see what emotions these people may have felt. And we’ll explore how we’re responding to Jesus doing the impossible.
It had been a tough few days for the disciples and the rest of Jesus’ friends. The triumphal entry into Jerusalem that hinted at Jesus taking control of the government and returning Israel to glory was followed by Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion. The triumph turned into tragedy. The crowds slunk away. Religious leaders, who’d long plotted to kill Jesus, watched a giant stone roll solidly into place, sealing Jesus away forever.
And then … resurrection. Jesus was alive!
And He’s still alive, sitting at the right hand of God (Ephesians 1:20-23). He’s waiting for a return to earth that will get the attention of every person on the planet.
Right now, we live in an in-between time. Jesus came and died for our sins as a suffering Savior, but He hasn’t come back yet as the King of kings. As we wait for His return, we’re living in a broken world filled with sickness, lies, and anger.
Ask those who’ll pray to sit comfortably and place their hands in front of them. Ask them to close their eyes and clench their fists hard … even harder … as tightly as they can. They’ll hold that tension as you pray, even though they’ll quickly begin to feel the strain. Pray aloud about the state of our world. Pray about conflict and hatred, crime and poverty, how we’re not always doing a good job caring for God’s creation, sickness and disease. Pray for at least 90 seconds.
Then ask those praying to relax and open their hands, palms up and resting on their laps. Continue your prayer. Thank God for Jesus’ sacrifice and the power of the resurrection. Thank God that, through the cross and empty tomb, we can come and talk to Him. Thank God that we can have our sins forgiven and have the promise of new life. Praise God for all the good He brings to our world.
Finish by saying, “In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
After you’ve prayed, talk about this:
That Jesus is alive gives us hope—for today and forever. It prompts us to be grateful for everything Jesus did for us on the cross. And it means we can relax—Jesus has proven He’s in control of everything, including death. Jesus is alive!
Jesus’ resurrection is a pivotal moment in history—but it’s seldom the topic of conversation. Here are some ways to fix that:
Use the hashtag #GodInAction so we can see how you’re sharing the good news of Jesus’ resurrection!