Gather around the table or cozy up on the couch and read this week’s part of The Big God Story.
To end your time together, pray a blessing over your child. (You can use the one below or make up your own!)
The Big God Story:
One day some people who didn’t like Jesus said some mean things to him. Can you make a mean face? Make mean faces together. They said he wasn’t God’s son and that he wasn’t our king. We know that Jesus is God’s son. We know that he’s our king. But these men didn’t want to listen to God. So they decided to kill Jesus. It was a terrible thing to do. Jesus died. This was so sad. Can you make a sad face? Make sad faces together. Jesus had to die on the cross to take away our sins.
But wait … there’s more to the story. God had a special plan for Jesus. After Jesus died, his friends took him to a tomb. A tomb is like a cave. They wrapped Jesus up in cloth and laid him inside. Then they rolled a huge rock in front of the tomb. The big rock closed the tomb like a giant heavy door. That was on Friday night.
On Sunday morning, Jesus’ friend Mary came to the tomb and saw that the huge rock was gone! Mary didn’t see Jesus inside the tomb. He wasn’t there! The tomb was empty. Mary was sad and cried. Can you make a sad face again? Make sad faces together.
Just then, two angels came. An angel asked Mary why she was crying. She told them that Jesus was gone, and she didn’t know where he was. Then Mary turned around and saw someone. Who did she see? Invite your child to respond. Jesus!
But Mary didn’t know that it was Jesus. Then Jesus said her name, “Mary.” Mary was so excited. Jesus was alive! Let’s make a happy face. Make happy faces together. Let’s shout, “Jesus is alive!” Shout “Jesus is alive!” together. Jesus wasn’t dead anymore. Jesus is alive! Jesus told Mary to tell everyone that he is alive.
Jesus died because he loves us so much! But Jesus didn’t stay dead. Jesus came back to life. This was all a part of God’s plan. God knew that Jesus would have to die for our sins, but he also knew that Jesus would come back to life! When it was time, Jesus went up to heaven to be with God the Father. Let’s celebrate together that Jesus is alive! Can you clap and cheer with me? Clap your hands and cheer together.
Look your child in the eyes, say their name, and then speak this blessing to them: May you know that God loves you, that he’s always with you, and may you become all that he’s created you to be. May you love God with your whole heart for your whole life.