Series: Who is Jesus
Theme: Jesus is Living Today
Lesson Number: 1 of 4
Lesson Title: The Empty Tomb
Memory Verse: Matthew 28:6; He is not here; He has risen, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay.
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Scriptures: (Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24 & John 20) Have you ever seen something that was very hard to understand and believe? After Jesus died, his friends saw something that was hard for them to believe because they did not understand.
On the third day after Jesus died, the angel of the Lord came and rolled back the stone from Jesus tomb. When the guards saw this, they fainted in terror. Early that morning, three women came to the tomb to put spices on Jesus’ body. They were worried because they didn’t know how they would move the heavy stone away from the tomb. But when they got there, the stone was pushed aside and an angel was there. They were frightened but the angel said, “Don’t be afraid.” He is not here; He has risen just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay. Now they were to go and tell the disciples that Jesus was alive. As the women went running to tell the disciples, suddenly Jesus met them, and they fell down at His feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said, “tell my disciples I will meet them in Galilee.”
When the women told the disciples what they had seen and heard, Peter and John ran to the tomb to see for themselves. John got there first and he stooped down to look into the tomb. He saw the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ body. Then Peter arrived and he ran right into the tomb. Jesus body was not there. After this, Jesus appeared to His disciples many times proving that, Yes! He was alive.
Luke 24:36-45; The disciples were talking about how some of them had seen Jesus alive, when suddenly Jesus appeared in the room with them. They were afraid, thinking it was a ghost. But Jesus reassured them; he said “Look at me, see my hands and my feet. It is me! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” Then he asked them for something to eat and he ate a piece of fish to show them that indeed he was alive. Then He opened their minds so they could understand the scriptures. He said “Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the scriptures.”Finally they began to believe and understand what Jesus had been telling them.
Jesus died on the cross for our sins. That is good news but the best news is that He did not stay dead. He rose from that tomb and came to life again. Because of that we can be sure that even if our body dies, we will live again. That is the wonderful promise of John 3:16. Jesus is the proof of that promise.
The disciples were chosen to bring the message of Jesus to others who had not seen him. It was important that they believed and understood all the things Jesus had taught them. The empty tomb and the appearances of Jesus proved to the disciples that He was alive. We too need to know that Jesus is alive. We need our minds to be open to understand and accept this.