The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
To help each child understand that Jesus Christ was resurrected.
- Picture 3-56, Christ and the Children.
- A heart for each child
- A Glove
- Picture 3-17, Jesus Teaching in the Western Hemisphere.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Because Jesus Christ Loves Us He Helps Us
Display picture 3-15, The Resurrected Jesus Christ, on a wall, chalkboard, or other area.
Jesus Christ loves children. Tell them how pleased and happy he must be to know that they are at Primary on this Easter morning.
Have each child take turns writing their names in the hearts. As each child takes his turn, say to him: “Jesus Christ loves (name of child).”
When Jesus Christ was living on the earth, some mothers brought their little children to him. They hoped that he would give each one a blessing. Jesus’ friends wanted him to rest, and they asked the mothers to take their children away and not to bother him.
When Jesus heard what his friends were saying, he said,
“Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not.” In other words, he said, “Let the little children come to me; don’t turn them away. I love children.” Then he took the children in his arms and blessed them.
Hold up picture 3-56, Christ and the Children. Hold it close enough to the children that they can look at it carefully and feel the spirit of the picture. Ask the following kinds of questions to help the children feel the great love that Jesus Christ has for them.
How do you think the children felt?
If you had been there, what would you have wanted Jesus Christ to say to you?
If you could have been with Jesus as these children were, what would you have said to him?
How does it make you feel to know that Jesus loves you just as he loves these children?
Jesus Christ Died for Us
Jesus Christ lived a long time ago. Heavenly Father sent him to this earth to help fathers and mothers and boys and girls do the right things. Most of the time he lived in a land now called Israel.
Jesus loved all people. Some of the people were wicked and did not like him.
Wicked people who did not like Jesus Christ had finally obtained permission from their leaders to put him to death. The soldiers made fun of Jesus and made him wear an old
purple robe because that purple is the color of royalty, and put a
crown of thorns on his head. They said “Hail the King of the Jews” and laughed at him. They then made him carry the cross up the hill to Calvary, all the time the soldiers laugh and spit at him. Once he got to the hill of Calvary, they nailed him to the cross.
They put nails through his hands and feet.
Jesus was placed on the cross sometime before noon. At noon the sun was hidden from view, and darkness spread over the land for three hours. Christ’s pain was more terrible than we could stand. Christ could have chosen not to suffer and die, but he had promised Heavenly Father that he would come to earth and suffer and die for us.
The earth trembled and shook. Those who were watching in the darkness heard Jesus cry out, “It is finished” (John 19:30). His suffering had ended. He bowed his head and died. His spirit left his body.
How do you think Jesus’s friends and disciples felt after Jesus was crucified?
After Jesus died, his friends showed their love for him by taking care of his body. They carefully took him down from the cross. They wrapped his body in clean, new cloth
and put spices on his body, which was the custom in those days. After they prepared his body they laid it in a tomb, which is a small cave or a room carved out of a rock in the hillside. They then rolled a large stone over the doorway.
How do you think Jesus’ friends felt that evening?
Some of the Savior’s enemies placed guards at the tomb.
They did this because Jesus had told the people that he would be resurrected in three days. His enemies did not believe he would be resurrected. They thought Jesus’ friends would hide his body and say he was alive again.
For three days Jesus’ body was in the tomb. Early on the third day, which was Sunday, the earth trembled and shook again.
An angel came and rolled away the stone at the entrance to the tomb. The guards were very frightened, and they fell down as if they were dead.
On that same Sunday morning
Mary Magdalene, a follower of Jesus, and another woman visited the tomb. They wanted to put some ointment and spices on the body of Jesus. This was something people at that time did to show love and respect for the person who had died. When they came near the tomb, they could see that the stone had been rolled away. The tomb was empty. Jesus’ body was gone.
The women saw the angel, who told them not to be afraid. Read aloud from Matthew 28:5–6 what the angel said to the women. When the angel said, “He is risen,” he was telling the women that Jesus Christ had been resurrected. His spirit had come back into his body and he was alive again. The Angel told the women to go quickly and tell the disciples that Jesus Christ had risen from the dead.
How do you think Mary felt when she saw that the Savior’s body was gone?
How do you think they felt when they saw the angel?
The disciples were on the road to Emmaus. The disciples did not recognize Jesus when he started talking with them. The disciples told Jesus about everything that had happened that day at the tomb. When Jesus stopped to eat supper with them, he broke bread, blessed it, and gave it to the disciples. Then they realized who he was.
Jesus wanted the disciples to touch his body so they would know he was resurrected. Read aloud Luke 24:39–40.
Jesus also asked for some food to eat. He ate the food to show the disciples that his physical body of flesh and bones had been joined with his spirit again into a resurrected body.
How do you think the disciples felt after seeing Jesus?
If you had been one of the disciples and had just seen Jesus, what would you do?
When Jesus was resurrected, he received his body again to join with his spirit, but his body had changed.
Jesus Christ Was Resurrected, We Will Be Resurrected
Jesus Christ, our Savior, promised that all people could live again after they die. Each of us will be resurrected just as Jesus was and have a wonderful resurrected body like his. Because he loves us, Jesus made this possible.
Place a glove on the table. Explain that even though the glove is shaped like a hand, it cannot move like a hand because it is not alive. When a hand is placed in the glove, then the glove can move. Put your hand into the glove and wiggle your fingers. Explain that the glove is like a physical body, and the hand is like a spirit. Our bodies cannot move without our spirits inside them. Our spirits cannot be seen inside our bodies, just as the hand inside the glove cannot be seen.
Dying is like taking the hand out of the glove. The body (like the glove) cannot move, but the spirit (like the hand) is still alive. At resurrection the spirit and the body are reunited, and both are alive again.
Because Jesus Christ loves each of us very much, he died for us. Jesus was the first person to be resurrected. Because of what he did for us, we will be resurrected and may live again with Heavenly Father. When we think of Easter, we should think about the first Easter and remember the love that Jesus Christ has for us. He gave his life for us. He was resurrected. Now he lives in heaven with his Heavenly Father.
Jesus Christ’s resurrection is so wonderful that each year we celebrate Easter to show him how grateful we are for what he did for us.
Jesus visits the Nephites
When Jesus Christ died in Jerusalem, a great darkness covered the land of America. The wicked people were destroyed, and many of the righteous people gathered together to discuss what had happened and what they should do. As they were talking, they suddenly heard a voice that seemed to come from heaven. It was a gentle, loving voice. Ask the children to listen to what the voice said. Help a child read3 Nephi 11:7, or read it yourself.
Who was speaking? (Heavenly Father.)
The people looked up and saw a man dressed in a white robe coming down from heaven. They thought they were seeing an angel.
Who was really coming down from heaven? (Jesus.)
When Jesus Christ told the people who he was, they remembered that the prophets had said he would visit them. They were happy. He invited the people to come and feel the prints of the nails in his hands and feet and the wound in his side. He did this because he wanted them to understand that he was the same Jesus who had been crucified and that he had been resurrected.
Display picture 3-17, Jesus Teaching in the Western Hemisphere.
How do you think the people felt to be with Jesus Christ?
The people were filled with so much gratitude and love for the Savior that they shouted, “Hosanna! Blessed be the name of the Most High God!”. They fell down on their knees and worshiped him.
Jesus Christ felt so much love for these people that he stayed among them and healed their sick, blessed their children, and taught them. The Book of Mormon tells us that never had there been a happier people on the earth than these people.
The First Easter
. Read the story with the children. At the appropriate places, help the children fill in the words represented by the pictures. Let the children color the pictures. Encourage the children to take it home an share it with their families.
Bear testimony and express your love and gratitude to Jesus Christ for loving us enough to make it possible for us to be resurrected and keep our bodies forever.
Invite the children to go home and tell their families what the Savior did to make it possible for us to keep our bodies forever.
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