After Jesus rose from the dead, He appeared to His disciples (His followers) and others for 40 days. Then, it was time for Him to go home. Where is home for Jesus? In heaven, with God.
He gathered the disciples and told them He was going back to heaven, to help God prepare a place for us…so that when we die, if we love God and believe Jesus died for us, then we can live in heaven forever.
Next, He told the disciples that they had an important job to do. They were to Go! to the whole world and tell them about Jesus and His love for us.
Then He rose up up up into the clouds and went back to heaven.
Activity: For our craft, we made a world. Now…my kids are 3, so their worlds look nothing like the actual earth :0) Then, we cut out pictures of people from magazines and glued them on the earth and wrote the verse for the week. “Go and make disciples of all nations.”
This is the last story of Jesus’ life. I will have a few posts next week about our favorite toddler/preschool Bible verses and tips for studying the Bible with young kids. Then, in May, we’ll be studying the Bible stories AFTER Jesus’ life.
After Jesus arose, some women went to the tomb and the angel told them Jesus was not there. He was alive! The angel told the women to go back and tell the disciples. They did…but the disciples did not believe. One of the disciples, Peter, ran to the tomb and was confused when he saw Jesus wasn’t there.
That night, the disciples were together, hiding from the leaders who had had Jesus killed. Then, Jesus appeared and the disciples were scared!
Jesus said…”why did you not believe the women? Why are you scared? It’s ME!” He let the disciples look at the holes in his hands and his side from when the people had hurt Him. Then the disciples believed.
Jesus said “You have seen Me and believed…but blessed are the people who haven’t seen Me and still believe!”
Discussion: How did the disciples first react when hearing Jesus was alive?
They didn’t understand that Jesus was going to live again…so it was a big surprise to them!
Discuss what Jesus’ words in the last sentence mean. It is important for us to believe God’s word…not just because we see Him do amazing things, but because we trust Him and His word.
Activities: Trace your child’s hands on a piece of paper and have them cut out holes (or draw) to symbolize Jesus’ hurt hands. Remember that it makes God happy when we believe in Him and believe that He died for us.
(Sidenote: we’ll be taking a “spring break” for about a week…then we’ll finish learning about Jesus’ life on earth and i have a few extra posts that i’ll fit into April, before we begin May ‘s series about life in the new testament after Jesus’ ascension. Thanks all!