More about the theme
The Easter story makes a powerful impression and can be difficult to fully take in. Many children can experience their first meeting with the crucifixion as very sad. But we hope that the content of this theme package, and the Sunday School online broadcast, can help the children see the great hope and joy that the Easter 2,000 years ago has brought us. This can become something that awakens a reciprocal love for Jesus in the hearts of the children. Just think what He did for us – for you and for me. And what is absolutely certain is that Jesus does not regret what happened, now the way is open for us back to God, and there Jesus can be with us forever. He’s looking forward to that.
More about the studio broadcast
There will be a brand-new studio broadcast about this theme. Today Noemi (11) is along as a presenter, and she finds some things in a box, on which are written a few hints. One is a giant key, and the hint that is written on it is: “The keys of Hades and death.” The second is something resembling a map, and on it there are quotes of some words of Jesus: “I am the way, the truth, and the life, and no one comes unto the Father without me” (John 14:6)
Noemi isn’t sure what this means, and she’d like to ask someone who can give her a good answer. She will have the opportunity when Kåre Smith is with us in this broadcast and can explain to her what these hints mean.
In the conversation between Noemi and Kåre Smith, we hear about how Jesus has conquered death and the devil and taken the keys of Hades and death. This has given us an enormous hope, because whoever lives and believes in Jesus shall never die. (John 11:26)
We also hear about the second hint, that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. It is only through Jesus we can return to God and get the promise of eternal life. Jesus always sacrificed his own will, to do God’s will. And we can do the same. Jesus is the truth, and when the spirit of truth speaks to us in our hearts and we are honest, then we realize that it is our own self-will that stands in the way of God’s will. Either I do my own will, or I have to give it up and do God’s will. And it is that last bit that Jesus wants us to do. That’s what the truth will teach me.
Jesus’ teachings are very simple; if we want to walk the same way as Jesus then we must take up our cross and deny ourselves every day, i.e. our own will. So, I choose to do God’s will. We can’t be happier than when we do Gud’s will, then we get it so blessed and good and we become happy in our hearts. Then we are on the way. And the result of this is that we get eternal life, a wonderful eternity with Jesus.
We also hear in the broadcast a wonderful song called “Christ is resurrected.”
Christ is resurrected, rejoice now my soul.
Christ is resurrected, now everything is so good.
Death where’s your victory? Death where is your power?
It’s conquered, just as Jesus has said.
2.Hurry up now Maria, hurry off you go.
Greetings bring from Jesus, just as Jesus said.
Tell him straight away, that I’m alive and well.
Tell him I´ve become a friend of Peter’s heart.
Go to my brothers,
tell them I’m walking.
home to him who sent me, home to our Father.
Mine and your Father, mine and your God.
What a kind greeting, what a blessed commandment.
Creative Project – Easter Hare
Make an Easter hare out of paper cups. Afterwards, small chocolate eggs can be hidden within a given area, preferably outside. The children will then look for the eggs and can then collect them in the cup that they have made!
Here’s what you need:
marker in black and pink
Plastic eyes. You can also draw on the eyes.
It´s a good idea if an adult draws up the hare’s ears, feet and nose on a sheet of marker and copies a sheet each to the children ahead of time. Then the children can concentrate on coloring, cutting and gluing all the parts.
Questions for conversation
Bible verses that fit the theme
Jesus says to her, “I am the resurrection and the life, He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” “Yes, Lord,” she says, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” John 11:25-27
“Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6