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Jesus has Risen

Begin by praying and reading the following chapters with your family: Matthew 26-28

Recap Good Friday’s Devotional (After reading Matthew 26 & 27)

Judas betrays Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. While in Gethsemane Jesus is arrested and brought before the Sanhedrin for questioning. Finally, the high priest, teachers of the law, and the elders declared that Jesus had blasphemed and deserved death! They quickly brought Jesus to Pilate to be crucified. Pilate didn’t find anything wrong with Jesus, so he offered to free either Jesus or a very well-known prisoner by the name of Barabbas. The crowd shouted to free Barabbas and to crucify Jesus. The same crowd that days earlier shouted “Hosanna!” now shouting “Crucify!”. Though it looks like this is not supposed to be happening, God was in control. Jesus needed to and willingly decided to die on the cross for us.

  1. How many pieces of silver did Judas sell Jesus for?
    1. Thirty pieces of silver
  2. Why do you think Judas betrayed Jesus? (Allow discussion)
    1. Possibly driven by greed or maybe he thought that Jesus would just be arrested and simply let go after some time. When Judas saw that Jesus was bound and condemned for death he was seized with remorse. Matt 27: 1-10.
  3. Jesus predicted Peter would deny knowing Him three times before the rooster crows. Peter didn’t believe it but as we just read in Matt 26:69-75 Peter did in fact deny just as Jesus told him. Having walked with Jesus, seen His miracles firsthand, and heard His teachings- why do you think Peter denied knowing Jesus when confronted? (Allow discussion)
    1. Because of fear. He was possibly afraid that he would be arrested and condemned along with Jesus.

Jesus Has Risen!

Read Matthew 28

This passage begins early on a Sunday morning, just before dawn. Jesus was just crucified on the Friday before, and His body was quickly prepared for burial. Now that the Sabbath was complete, Mary and Mary Magdalene were returning to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body (Mark 16:1). As they were approaching the tomb there was suddenly a violent earthquake. An angel rolled back the stone and sat on it. The guards froze with fear and became like dead men. The women were also afraid. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid…He is not here; He has risen.” The women left the empty tomb, afraid yet filled with joy (v. 8), and ran to tell the other disciples. As they were on their way Jesus appeared to them and told them “do not be afraid…tell them to go to Galilee; there they will see me.” In verse 17 it says that when the disciples saw Jesus some worshipped Him but some doubted. We can find a more detailed description in Luke 24:36-53. As we just read in Luke, their initial response was fear, just like the women at the tomb! But Jesus tells them to have peace and not to fear.

  1. Why was there a stone covering the opening of the tomb? (Allow discussion)
    1. To make sure no one would enter who wasn’t supposed to be there. Also, it was to make sure no one would take Jesus’ body out and pretend like He rose.
  2. Why did the disciples’ initial response to seeing Jesus was fear? (Allow discussion)
    1. They thought Jesus was a ghost.
    2. They did not fully understand what Jesus told them during the last supper— they didn’t understand that Jesus needed to die and on the third day He would rise. So, Jesus showed them His wounds and explained to them again. Then they fully understood and worshiped Him.
  3. After Jesus’ suffering, He showed Himself to the disciples and gave many convincing proofs that He was alive; He ate with them, taught them, showed them His wounds. How long after His suffering did He appear to them before going up to Heaven?
    1. Forty days. (Acts 1:3)

The death and resurrection of Jesus is the center of the gospel. We deserve to die because of our sin, but Jesus died in our place. Because Jesus is alive, we do not need to fear anything. We can live for Jesus and His glory. How can we glorify God? We can glorify God by loving Him and obeying Him. Those who trust in Jesus have forgiveness and eternal life, and we can joyfully obey Him. Jesus died on the cross to pay for sin and rose again to defeat death!

  1. What did Jesus give up in order to save us? (Allow discussion)
    1. Not only Jesus’ giving up His life, but His humbling in coming from a position of honor in heaven to earth as a baby. (Read Phil. 2:5-8).
  2. Where is Jesus today? (Allow discussion)
    1. Jesus is alive! He is in heaven at the right hand of God, and one day He will return to set up His kingdom and make everything right. (Read Heb. 9:28).
  3. What does it look like to “lay down your life” for someone else? (Allow discussion)
    1. Prompt your kid(s) to think of situations in which they can put others’ needs before their own. Kids can lay down their lives (putting others before themselves) even while they live because that reflects the servant attitude of Jesus. (Read John 15:13).

Memory Verse
Deuteronomy 31:8 “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

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