Sunday, April 1st: Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection

by Jennifer Welch

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Dear Parents,

Jesus’ purpose for coming to earth was to save us from our sin. (Matt. 1:21) Why did Jesus have to die? Why couldn’t He just say, “You are forgiven”? God is just and requires due payment for sin. To simply forgive sin without requiring a payment would be unjust. According to God’s Word, the payment of sin is death. (Rom. 6:23) But not only is God just, He is also loving. That is why Jesus was willing to die in our place.

Jesus came to live and die to show God’s love to us (Rom. 5:7-8) so that whoever believes in Him might not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16) Jesus came to die so that we would be forgiven. (Eph. 1:7) Jesus came to die to bring us to God. (1 Pet. 3:18)

Jesus died on the cross to satisfy the wrath of God toward sin. Jesus’ resurrection proved that God was satisfied with Jesus’ sacrifice, and forgiveness and life are found in Him. (See 1 Cor. 15:17.) Jesus conquered death, just as He said He would. (John 2:19-21)

Jesus’ resurrection gives us hope for our resurrection. (Rom. 6:5) Romans 8:11 says that the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead will raise our bodies to life.

The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus is the center of the gospel. We deserve to die because of our sin, but Jesus died in our place. He was the blood sacrifice made once and for all for the forgiveness of sin. God was pleased with Jesus’ sacrifice and raised Jesus from the dead to reign as King over all creation. We are forgiven only through Jesus. (Acts 4:12)

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection are not the end of the story, but the center of it. Everything that was written about Jesus in the Old Testament and spoken by the prophets was coming true. As you talk to your kids about this Bible story, emphasize the gospel: the good news of who Jesus is and what He has done

  • Infant – 2s & 3s
    • Jesus is alive.
    • Jesus always obeyed God.
    • Jesus died on the cross, but God made Jesus alive again.
    • God sent Jesus to earth because He loves us.
  • Pre-K4 – 1st
    • Who saves us from our sin? Only Jesus saves us from sin.
    • Jesus was born to be God’s promised Savior.
  • Discuss why Jesus’ death and resurrection are good news for sinners.
  • Why should we tell others about Jesus?
  • How can we tell others about Jesus?
  • 2nd – 5th
    • When you hear good news, do you keep it to yourself or tell others?
    • What happens when we don’t share good news with others?
    • Why is Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection good news for sinners?
    • Why should we tell others about Jesus?
    • This is the gospel: Jesus died on the cross to save people from sin, and He is alive. God forgives everyone who trusts in Jesus and gives us eternal life.

BIBLE PASSAGE

  • Matthew 26:36–28:10; John 18:1–20:18

NEXT WEEK

  • Love One Another (1 John 3:10-18)