Sunday School Lesson

Jesus is Alive

Matthew 21:7-9; Matthew 26:14-28:10; Mark 11:7-10; Mark 14:10-16:11; Luke 19:35-38; Luke 22:3-24:12; John 12:12-13; John 13:4-20:18; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Matthew 28:16-20
We celebrate Easter because Jesus not only died on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins, but He became alive again after 3 days! In this lesson, kids have fun with a silly Easter Egg Hunt before using the plastic eggs gathered to make a set of Resurrection Eggs to bring home. Kids learn the Easter story through a video, and then retell it with the help of their Resurrection Eggs and script. We received the good news about Jesus from someone, and Jesus wants us to pass it on so that more people will come to know and believe in Him!

Lesson Overview

1

Get Them Curious

Prepare kids for an exciting
learning journey.

Silly Easter Egg Hunt

Sunday School Lesson - Jesus is Alive1

Players must perform the silly actions described in the Easter eggs they find.

2

Screen Time

Show kids a video on the
Bible story.

Jesus is Alive

Sunday School Lesson - Jesus is Crucified2

The Story of Easter (Jesus’ Sacrifice), by Saddleback Kids

3

Make it Stick

Help kids remember the
Bible story.

Match It

Sunday School Lesson - Jesus is Alive3

Match the Resurrection Eggs to the Easter story.

4

Dig Deeper

Help kids grasp
the big idea.

Make Resurrection Eggs

Sunday School Lesson - Jesus is Alive4

Each child makes a set of Resurrection Eggs to bring home.

5

Walk the Talk

Help kids live out
the
big idea.

Pass the Easter Basket

Sunday School Lesson - Jesus is Alive5

We should pass on the good news about Jesus!

6

Take it Home

Send kids home with a concrete action plan and fun midweek activities.

Pass it On

Jesus is Alive Take it Home-01

Help kids pass on the Gospel of Salvation using the Resurrection Eggs.

Big Idea

Jesus is alive!

Key Verse

He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Matthew 28:6

Live it Out

We should tell others about Jesus!

This Sunday School Lesson requires some advance preparation. For a consolidated summary of preparation, supplies and free printables required, please scroll to the bottom of this lesson.

1. Get Them Curious – Silly Easter Egg Hunt

Remember to download, print and cut up the egg-shaped Silly Easter Egg Hunt Cards in advance.

Silly Easter Egg Hunt Cards

 

Place one card in each plastic Easter egg and hide all the eggs.
Ensure that you have at least 12 eggs per child.

Each child must look for 12 Easter eggs.

Give each child a basket, box or empty egg carton to keep the eggs found.

 

There is one silly action card inside each egg. 

For each egg that you find, you must keep doing that silly action until you find your next egg:

  • Walk like a robot
  • Cry like a baby
  • Walk on tippy toes
  • Give yourself a big hug
  • Rub your tummy and pat your head
  • Dance
  • Stick out your tongue and touch your nose with your finger
  • Clap your hands
  • Hop on one leg
  • Skip

For example, if the first egg you find says “Walk like a robot”, you must keep walking like a robot until you find your next egg, and so forth.

 

Award prizes for:

  • The first player to find 12 Easter eggs
  • “Silliest” player

Have kids discard all the silly action cards from the eggs.

 

Discuss: What do these empty plastic eggs have to do with Easter? Why?

Say:

  • The empty eggs remind us of the empty tomb.
  • Let us learn more from today’s video…

Pray: Dear God, thank you for this silly Easter egg hunt. Please help us learn more about Easter and the empty tomb in today’s lesson. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

2. Screen Time – Jesus is Alive

This is our favorite YouTube video on Jesus is Alive: https://youtu.be/HL8R158Ujp4

Note: This same video is also used in the lesson, “Jesus is Crucified”.

Before you begin, tell the children to pay attention to the various events in the story.

3. Make it Stick – Match It

Remember to download the Resurrection Eggs Script and Slide 2 (Resurrection Eggs Sequence).

Resurrection Eggs Printable Script        Easter Sunday School Lesson - Jesus is Alive Slide2

 

Discuss: What Bible story did we just watch?

Show Slide 1 (Sunday School Lesson Title & Bible Reference):
Easter Sunday School Lesson - Jesus is Alive Slide1

 

Divide into small groups.
(We suggest a group size of 3-5 kids. Groups can be larger, but smaller groups allow everyone to be involved.)

 

Show Slide 2 (Resurrection Eggs Sequence):
Easter Sunday School Lesson - Jesus is Alive Slide2

 

Within their groups, have kids discuss:

  • Which of these items can be used to re-tell parts of the video (Easter story) that they have just watched?
  • Some of these Resurrection Eggs were not included in the video. Do any of you know these parts of the Easter story?

Give the groups enough time to talk through the story.

 

When all the groups are done, have groups take turns to re-tell the Resurrection Eggs story.

You may show the Resurrection Eggs Script to guide the children:

Resurrection Eggs Printable Script       

4. Dig Deeper – Make Resurrection Eggs

Remember to prepare either physical Resurrection Eggs Items described below or use the printable egg-shaped Resurrection Eggs Cards:

Resurrection Eggs Printable Cards

You will need 1 set for each child.

 

Items for Resurrection Eggs

Resurrection Egg #1
Any leaf to represent the palm branches that the people of Jerusalem spread on the road as they welcomed Jesus. You may like to cut the leaf to resemble a palm branch.

 

Resurrection Egg #2
Three coins to represent the 30 pieces of silver that Judas Iscariot received to betray Jesus.

 

Resurrection Egg #3
A small piece of terry cloth to represent the towel that Jesus used to dry his disciples’ feet after he had washed them.

 

Resurrection Egg #4
A small communion cup to represent the last supper.
Alternatively, use a communion wafer or a small piece of bread.

 

Resurrection Egg #5
A flower to represent the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus went with his disciples to pray before he was arrested.

 

Resurrection Egg #6
A piece of string to represent the rope that was used to tie Jesus up when he was arrested.

 

Resurrection Egg #7
A small stem of any plant with thorns to represent the crown of thorns that the soldiers put on Jesus’ head as they mocked him.

 

Resurrection Egg #8
A small cross to represent the crucifixion of Jesus.
Alternatively, use 3 small nails.

 

Resurrection Egg #9
A toothpick with one tip dipped in red paint or nail polish to represent the spear used by the soldier to pierce Jesus’ side.

 

Resurrection Egg #10
A small strip of white cloth to represent the strips of linen used to wrap the body of Jesus before he was placed in a tomb.

 

Resurrection Egg #11
A small stone to represent the large stone placed in front of the entrance to Jesus’ tomb.

 

Resurrection Egg #12
Leave the 12th egg empty to represent the empty tomb.

 

Show the class your sample set of Resurrection Eggs.

Give each child:

  • 1 set of physical Resurrection Eggs Items or Resurrection Eggs Cards (kids will cut out each “egg”)
  • Resurrection Eggs Script

Have kids place 1 Resurrection Egg item or card in each plastic egg. Leave the 12th egg empty.
Arrange the set of eggs according to the Resurrection Eggs Script.

After all kids have assembled their sets of Resurrection Eggs, divide the class into pairs.

Have each child take turns to tell the Easter story to their partners.
They can refer to the Resurrection Eggs Script to help them.

(Kids will need to bring home their Resurrection Eggs Script together with their Resurrection Eggs for their “Take It Home” activity.)

 

Discuss: Why is the 12th egg empty?

 

Read Matthew 28:1-10

 

Discuss:

  • Why did the women go to the tomb?
  • What did they expect to see in the tomb?
  • What did they see instead?
  • What happened to Jesus after he died on the cross?

Say

  • Yes, Jesus was crucified and died on the cross.
  • Jesus became alive again after 3 days!

Show Slide 3 (Big Idea): 
Easter Sunday School Lesson - Jesus is Alive Slide3

Have everyone read the slide.

 

Show Slide 4 (Key Verse): 
Easter Sunday School Lesson - Jesus is Alive Slide4

Have everyone read the slide.

5. Walk the Talk – Pass the Easter Basket

Remember to prepare:

  • A basket of Easter eggs filled with small toys or candy.
  • Music player.

Have everyone sit in a circle.
When the music starts, pass the basket of Easter eggs around.
When the music stops, the person holding the basket takes one Easter egg from the basket.
Start the music again…
Play until all the Easter eggs have been taken.

Discuss:

  • Did you receive an Easter egg with a small gift inside?
  • Were you happy that the music stopped while you were holding the basket?

Read 1 Corinthians 15:3-8

Discuss:

  • What did Apostle Paul receive and then pass on?
  • Why did He do this?
  • Would you pass on a piece of good news that others would greatly benefit from? Why or why not?

Read Matthew 28:16-20

Discuss: What did Jesus tell His disciples to do?

Say:

  • Apostle Paul received the Gospel, which He passed on to others.
  • The Gospel is the good news that Jesus died for the forgiveness of our sins.
  • And on the third day, Jesus became alive again.
  • Because Jesus died on the cross, our sins can be forgiven. We can be with God and have a relationship with him. We can become his children and will one day be with him in heaven.
  • We received this good news from someone.
  • Jesus wants us to pass on the good news so that more people will come to know and believe in Him!

Show Slide 5 (Live it Out): 
Easter Sunday School Lesson - Jesus is Alive Slide5

Have everyone read the slide.

6. Take it Home – Pass it On

Say: Let’s recall all that we have learned today. Can you remember the title of today’s Bible Story?

Show Slide 1 again (Sunday School Lesson Title & Bible Reference):
Easter Sunday School Lesson - Jesus is Alive Slide1

Have everyone read the slide.

 

Say: Can you remember today’s big idea?

Show Slide 3 again (Big Idea):
Easter Sunday School Lesson - Jesus is Alive Slide3

Have everyone read the slide.

 

Say: Can you remember today’s key verse?

Show Slide 4 again (Key Verse): 
Easter Sunday School Lesson - Jesus is Alive Slide4

Have everyone read the slide.

 

Say: How can we live out today’s lesson?

Show Slide 5 again (Live it Out): 
Easter Sunday School Lesson - Jesus is Alive Slide5

Have everyone read the slide.

 

Give each child a copy of Jesus is Alive Take it Home Handout and Resurrection Eggs Word Search.
Remind kids to bring home their Resurrection Eggs Script together with their set of Resurrection Eggs.

Jesus is Alive Take it Home-01  Jesus is Alive Take it Home-02

 

Easter Word Search Resurrection Eggs

 

Say:

  • Do you believe that Jesus died on the cross so that your sins can be forgiven?
  • Do you believe that Jesus became alive again on the third day?
  • Who will you share this good news with?
  • Let’s write down your personal response to God in the Live it Out section on the first page. Then spend some time on your own talking to God about these things.
  • The other pages are for you to do at home. Tell me next week about what you did at home!

Give everyone some time to write down their Live it Out action plan before ending the lesson with this closing prayer:

Pray: Dear Jesus, thank you for today’s Bible lesson on Jesus is Alive. Thank you for dying on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins. We know that you became alive again on the third day! And because of what you have done, we can become children of God and we can one day be with you in heaven. Thank you for this good news! Please help us pass on this good news to our family and friends. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Lesson Preparation and Supplies

Here’s a summary of all the preparation, supplies and free printables required for this lesson.

1

Get Them Curious

Prepare kids for an exciting
learning journey.

Silly Easter Egg Hunt

Sunday School Lesson - Jesus is Alive1

Players must perform the silly actions described in the Easter eggs they find.

You will need at least 12 plastic Easter eggs per child.
You will also need a basket, box or empty egg carton for each child.
(Later during the Dig Deeper activity, each child will need 12 plastic eggs to make their own set of Resurrection Eggs to bring home.)

Download, print and cut up the egg-shaped Silly Easter Egg Hunt Cards.

Silly Easter Egg Hunt Cards

 

Place one egg-shaped card in each plastic Easter egg.

Before class begins, hide the eggs for kids to find.

2

Screen Time

Show kids a video on the
Bible story.

Jesus is Alive

Sunday School Lesson - Jesus is Crucified2

The Story of Easter (Jesus’ Sacrifice), by Saddleback Kids

Ensure that you can play this YouTube video:
The Story of Easter (Jesus’ Sacrifice), by Saddleback Kids (Video URL: https://youtu.be/HL8R158Ujp4)

3

Make it Stick

Help kids remember the
Bible story.

Match It

Sunday School Lesson - Jesus is Alive3

Match the Resurrection Eggs to the Easter story.

Download Slide 1 (Sunday School Lesson Title & Bible Reference):
Easter Sunday School Lesson - Jesus is Alive Slide1

 

Download Slide 2 (Resurrection Eggs Sequence):
Easter Sunday School Lesson - Jesus is Alive Slide2

 

Download and print the Resurrection Eggs Script. You will need to print 1 copy for each child.

Resurrection Eggs Printable Script

4

Dig Deeper

Help kids grasp
the big idea.

Make Resurrection Eggs

Sunday School Lesson - Jesus is Alive4

Each child makes a set of Resurrection Eggs to bring home.

Prepare either physical Resurrection Eggs Items described below or use the printable egg-shaped Resurrection Eggs Cards:

Resurrection Eggs Printable Cards

You will need 1 set for each child.

Items for Resurrection Eggs:

  • #1: Any leaf to represent the palm branches that the people of Jerusalem spread on the road as they welcomed Jesus. You may like to cut the leaf to resemble a palm branch.
  • #2: Three coins to represent the 30 pieces of silver that Judas Iscariot received to betray Jesus.
  • #3: A small piece of terry cloth to represent the towel that Jesus used to dry his disciples’ feet after he had washed them.
  • #4: A small communion cup to represent the last supper. Alternatively, use a communion wafer or a small piece of bread.
  • #5: A flower to represent the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus went with his disciples to pray before he was arrested.
  • #6: A piece of string to represent the rope that was used to tie Jesus up when he was arrested.
  • #7: A small stem of any plant with thorns to represent the crown of thorns that the soldiers put on Jesus’ head as they mocked him.
  • #8: A small cross to represent the crucifixion of Jesus. Alternatively, use 3 small nails.
  • #9: A toothpick with one tip dipped in red paint or nail polish to represent the spear used by the soldier to pierce Jesus’ side.
  • #10: A small strip of white cloth to represent the strips of linen used to wrap the body of Jesus before he was placed in a tomb.
  • #11: A small stone to represent the large stone placed in front of the entrance to Jesus’ tomb.
  • #12: Leave the 12th egg empty to represent the empty tomb.

Assemble 1 set of Resurrection Eggs to show the class as a sample.

 

Download Slide 3 (Big Idea):
Easter Sunday School Lesson - Jesus is Alive Slide3

 

Download Slide 4 (Key Verse):
Easter Sunday School Lesson - Jesus is Alive Slide4

5

Walk the Talk

Help kids live out
the big idea
.

Pass the Easter Basket

Sunday School Lesson - Jesus is Alive5

We should pass on the good news about Jesus!

You will need:

  • A basket of Easter eggs filled with small toys or candy.
  • Music player.

Download Slide 5 (Live It Out):
Easter Sunday School Lesson - Jesus is Alive Slide5

6

Take it Home

Send kids home with a concrete action plan and fun midweek activities.

Pass it On

Jesus is Alive Take it Home-01

Help kids pass on the Gospel of Salvation using the Resurrection Eggs.

Download Jesus is Alive Take it Home Handout. You will need to print 1 copy for each child.

Jesus is Alive Take it Home-01  

 

Download Resurrection Eggs Word Search. You will need to print 1 copy for each child.

Easter Word Search Resurrection Eggs

 

It would be good to tell parents about the Take it Home Handout. Encourage them to do the suggested family activity with their child.

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