Saturday: Jesus Raises Lazarus (John 11:17-57)

Do you remember that Jesus got a message that his friend Lazarus was very sick? What happened to Lazarus? When Jesus finally arrived at Lazarus’ house, he found Lazarus’ sisters there crying. They were crying because their brother was dead. He had been buried in the tomb for four days. In ancient Israel, when a person died, the body was wrapped in cloths and laid in a cave called a tomb. Then a big stone was rolled across the cave to seal it shut. Jesus knew that he was more powerful than even death. He wanted Martha and Mary and his disciples to believe in him, and to know that he was the glorious Son of God. So he told them to roll the big stone away and he prayed to God for the people to hear (John 11:42). Then Jesus called out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” What do you think happened? Lazarus walked out of the cave! He was still wrapped in the burial cloths, but he wasn’t dead anymore! Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead. Who is more powerful, Jesus or death?

Dear Jesus, You are more powerful even than death! Thank you for raising Lazarus so we could understand who you are: the only one who can defeat death. Thank you that we don’t need to fear death because of you. Amen. 

Activity: {What was it like when Jesus raised Lazarus?} Wrap a person in the toilet roll to imitate grave clothes. Lay them in “a cave” and have someone pretend to be Jesus and call, “Lazarus, come out.” Then have the person pretending to be Jesus say, “Unwrap him, and let him go.”

 


For tomorrow’s activity we’ll need: real or paper palm branches


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