Bible Passage: John 19:1–20:10
Memory Verse: 1 Corinthians 15:3b-4
Bible Truth
The tomb is empty. Jesus is alive!

Lesson Introduction:
It’s likely that Jesus would have been buried in a tomb similar to this illustration. Most of the time, we think about people being buried under the ground, but in Bible times it was common for a tomb to be carved out of the side of a rock instead. This is our object today because a lot of action happens at a tomb in our story!

Watch Joel’s video, and then continue below!

Discuss these questions together as a family:

Who was in our video today?

What special treat did Joel and Claire learn to make?

What did the treat remind them about today’s Bible story?

If you would like to make your own resurrection rolls, you can find the recipe here: VIEW RECIPE

As a family, read John 19:1-20:10. The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus are the most important events at the foundation of the Christian faith.

We see the agony of our Savior on the cross to the jubilation of the empty tomb in three days time! Can you imagine if you were Mary Magdalene and when you walked up to the tomb, you saw that the tomb was open? How would you have felt? What would you have been thinking? Jesus knew all along why He came to earth. He knew there would be a day when He would go to the cross for sinners. He gave His life for us, and rose again defeating death and sin once and for all!

Use these questions for more Bible study together as a family!

  1. Who could not find any reason to charge Jesus? (Pilate, John 19:4)
  2. What did the sign say that Pilate had made to go on top of Jesus’ cross? (Jesus of Nazareth, The King of the Jews, John 19:19)
  3. What did Jesus say at the end of his life? (“It is finished” John 19:30)
  4. Who asked for permission to bury Jesus’ body? (Joseph of Arimathea, John 19:38)
  5. Where did Joseph and Nicodemus put Jesus' body? (In a garden tomb, John 19:41-42)
  6. What did Mary Magdalene discover when she got to the tomb? (That the stone had been rolled away from the entrance, John 20:1)
  7. Why did the disciples not find Jesus’ body in the tomb? (He had risen. Jesus is alive! John 20:9)

Use the bible story picture to engage your child as you tell them the story of Jesus in Jerusalem.


Focus in on these Bible Story Nuggets as you are telling the story:

Friends were sad. Jesus was not with them anymore.
A woman went to the garden to see Jesus.
The woman did not see Jesus. He was gone!


1. Ask your children to name the emotions Mary Magdalene must have felt on this day: sadness, surprise, fear, joy, excitement. Have your children show with their faces similar emotions.

2. What does a rock have to do with the Bible story?

3. What was empty in the Bible story? Why?