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TEACHING ABOUT THE EMPTY TOMB
By Sharon Chatwell
Jesus is Alive! Hallelujah!
Teaching others about Easter always seems to carry with it an
extra responsibility. As Sunday School teachers, we may feel a special
burden to try and “Get it Right” when we teach the Easter Story. The
reasons for this are obvious; after all… This is important stuff!
Over the years I’ve gained a few insights that have helped me
when teaching the Easter Story. So, I thought I would share them with
you. I hope you will find them helpful.
- Easter is the pivotal point in Christianity. Teaching others about
the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus may lead them to know Him
as the Christ, and to accept Him as Savior. For these reasons teaching
about Easter is really important, and so first and foremost we must be
certain that our teaching is based on God’s Word: The Bible.
- When teaching young children the Easter Story, always
be sure to teach about the Resurrection on the same day that you teach
about the Crucifixion. Never leave a child with only half the story! Plan ahead! Balance your class time to ensure adequate discussion of both events during the same lesson.
- Using a skit to teach the specifics of the Easter
story can be very helpful. Skits can be used as an instructional tool
for your students or as an evangelical outreach towards others. When
using skits with various age groups, these simple guidelines may prove
-Preschool and Young Elementary age students will enjoy participating in a short skit which is narrated for them
by an adult or older child. They may be willing to repeat the lines
spoken by their Bible person. Allowing these young children to dress
the part helps them as well. Simple costumes made of large squares of
fabric can convey a lot of meaning and are easy to make.
-Older Elementary age students will enjoy simple skits that
they can act out for themselves or for others. Consider practicing in
class for a week or so and then performing the skit for younger children or for family members. Costumes are still fun for this age, and refreshments are always welcome!
-Easter Skits for Youth are wonderful for them to perform in class or for others. Consider doing an evangelical outreach with a skit designed to get people thinking about Easter. (Check out The e-Bunny, a skit for Youth on our Easter Skits page.)
- Sunday School Crafts for Easter, such as an
Empty Tomb craft, help children visualize the reality of the empty tomb
of Jesus. They will come to realize that first He was dead and buried,
and then He was raised from the dead! (See the preschool lesson, The Empty Tomb, for more Sunday School Ideas!)
Once I tried to imagine what a disciple would say, if he were
able to come and speak to us today. I wondered if he might talk about
the unity of believers or about the importance of loving one another and
living at peace with those around us. Then suddenly it occurred to me
that if one of the disciples was able to come and speak to us today, he
would simply say, “I saw Jesus Christ with my very own eyes after He was
risen from the dead!” Who could stand before such testimony?!
This is, in fact, the message of Easter. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was crucified, died and was buried, and then He was raised from the dead and is alive forever.
You and I did not see these things happen for ourselves, but we
rely on the Word of God, written down by the disciples and preserved for
us all these years by the Holy Spirit. The disciple John wrote:
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 1 John 1:1
And on the day of Pentecost, the disciple Peter said:
“Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man
accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did
among you through him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over
to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of
wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.” Acts 2:22-24
This message of Easter is as true and as piercing today
as it was 2000 years ago. And it is this message that we continue
teach in our classrooms, in our churches, and in our very lives.
God bless you this Easter as you Teach about the Empty Tomb!
Jesus is Alive! Hallelujah!
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God bless you as you continue to serve God right where you are!
With love in Christ,
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- Halloween Ideas!
Read the article "Halloween: Party or No Party?" Find links to helpful resources for planning an Alternative Event for Youth or for hosting the Perfect Kids' Party! You'll also find links to Halloween Sunday School lessons for children (Preschool to Youth.) Remember... "The best defense is a good offense."
- Christmas Ideas!
Read the article "Teaching the True Meaning of Christmas" which reminds us of the importance of teaching our children the truth behind the celebration of Christmas: The birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. On this page you will also find links to Christmas skits, as well as to a full set of Christmas lessons, which include skits, activities, and crafts.
- Easter Ideas!
Read the article on "Teaching About the Empty Tomb". Find out about Easter Skits and get Ideas for Easter Sunday School Lessons, which include crafts, skits, and other activities.
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