Bible Passage: John 20:11-31
Memory Verse: Luke 24:6
Bible Truth
We are called to believe that Jesus is our Lord and Savior. He conquered sin and death to rescue us.

Lesson Introduction:
Last time, we talked about the resurrection of Jesus. The disciples weren’t expecting things to happen quite that way. The empty tomb revealed more to them about Jesus than they understood before, but the story was not over; Jesus had even more to teach them. Before Jesus died on the cross, He had a meal with His disciples. When our church celebrates Communion, we remember this meal and we are reminded of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. This object is called a pyx. This pyx is a container that was once used to hold the Communion bread, which symbolized Jesus’ body, given for us. The carving on this pyx shows the women at the empty tomb after Jesus’ resurrection. This pyx is kept in a museum for people to admire because it is an historical piece of art that reminds us how Jesus conquered sin and death.

Watch Joel’s video, and then continue below!

Discuss these questions together as a family:

Who did Joel meet today?

Was Jesus’ resurrection an illusion? (No, it was a miracle!)

As a family, read John 20:11-30 and ask your kids who Jesus appeared to in the Bible Story. Jesus appeared three times in this passage in John.

He first appeared to Mary Magdalene. He then appeared to the disciples, but Thomas was not there. A little while later He appeared to the disciples again, but this time Thomas was present. How do you think you would have felt if you were Thomas? Thomas sometimes gets a bad reputation for being someone who doubted Jesus. He’s often called ‘doubting Thomas.’ It is amazing how Jesus extended His grace to Thomas and showed him exactly what Thomas needed to believe. Jesus wanted Thomas to believe that He was alive!

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

  1. What did the angels ask Mary Magdalene? (“Why are you crying?” John 20:13)
  2. Mary Magdalene did not recognize Jesus at first. Who did she think He was? (The gardener, John 20:15)
  3. How did Mary respond when Jesus called her name? (She said “Rabboni!” or “teacher” in Aramaic, John 20:16)
  4. When the disciples were gathered together, why did they have the door locked? (They were scared of the Jewish leaders, John 20:19)
  5. Who did not believe that the disciples had seen Jesus? (Thomas, John 20:25)
  6. How did Thomas respond when He saw Jesus’ scars? (“My Lord and my God,” John 20:28)
  7. Whom did Jesus say was blessed? (Those who believe without seeing, John 20:29)

Use the bible story picture to engage your child as you tell them the story to hear about how Jesus said Mary’s name. He wanted her to know He was alive.


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

Jesus was gone.
Friends were sad.
Jesus came back to see His friends.
The friends were excited to see Jesus.


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?