But there is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath no victory, and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ. He is the light and the life of the world; yea, a light that is endless, that can never be darkened; yea, and also a life which is endless, that there can be no more death.
He is risen! He is risen!
Tell it out with joyful voice.
He has burst his three days’ prison;
Let the whole wide earth rejoice.
Death is conquered; man is free.
Christ has won the victory.
2. Come with high and holy hymning;
Chant our Lord’s triumphant lay.
Not one darksome cloud is dimming
Yonder glorious morning ray,
Breaking o’er the purple east,
Symbol of our Easter feast.
3. He is risen! He is risen!
He hath opened heaven’s gate.
We are free from sin’s dark prison,
Risen to a holier state.
And a brighter Easter beam
On our longing eyes shall stream.
Read aloud: We want to talk about one of the most important parts of Easter. In fact, all of Christ’s life was leading up to what He did during the very last week of His life. Jesus, because He loves us, died for our sins. After He died, His friends and family placed His body in a tomb, with a big heavy stone in front of it. But after three days, angels removed the stone and His body was gone. He was alive again. Jesus was resurrected.
Ask: Do you know what resurrection means?
Read aloud: Resurrection means our bodies and our spirits come together again and are never separated. Jesus had a body and a spirit. When He died, His spirit left His body. However, because Jesus Christ was the Son of God, He had the power to reunite His spirit with His body forever. He would never die again! Because Jesus Christ did this, we are all able to be resurrected after we die. This won’t happen until Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ say it is time, but we are promised everyone on Earth will be resurrected because of what Christ did for us.
(If needed, you can use a glove to represent the body and spirit. The glove is your body, and your hand is your spirit. When death comes, the body is lifeless, but the spirit lives on. When resurrected, the body and the spirit are together forever.)
Ask: Do you have any questions about what resurrection is?
Complete the “We Will Rise” activity at the bottom of this page, then ask: What can we do to make sure we stay close to Jesus Christ?
Depending on your personal circumstances, bear your testimony about why the principle resurrection makes you happy. If your children have experienced a death in the family or close friend, explain how resurrection is one way we are able to be with our families and friends forever.
*For Teenagers and Adults*
Begin by reading this quote by President Thomas S. Monson:
Among all the facts of mortality, none is so certain as its end. Death comes to all; it is our “universal heritage; it may claim its victim[s] in infancy or youth, [it may visit] in the period of life’s prime, or its summons may be deferred until the snows of age have gathered upon the … head; it may befall as the result of accident or disease, … or … through natural causes; but come it must.” It inevitably represents a painful loss of association and, particularly in the young, a crushing blow to dreams unrealized, ambitions unfulfilled, and hopes vanquished.
What mortal being, faced with the loss of a loved one or, indeed, standing himself or herself on the threshold of infinity, has not pondered what lies beyond the veil which separates the seen from the unseen?
Ask: What do you think we as mortal beings are so interested in death and what happens to us after we die?
Read aloud: We know that because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, both physical and spiritual death have been conquered. Not only are we, and every person who has ever lived, assured of a physical resurrection, but we are promised that if we are faithful we can rise and live with God and Jesus Christ forever. The empty tomb of Easter is the symbol of the reality of this promise.
Ask: What does the knowledge of the Resurrection mean to you in your life? How have you come to have faith in the Atonement?
Our Savior lived again. The most glorious, comforting, and reassuring of all events of human history had taken place—the victory over death. The pain and agony of Gethsemane and Calvary had been wiped away. The salvation of mankind had been secured. The Fall of Adam had been reclaimed.
The empty tomb that first Easter morning was the answer to Job’s question, “If a man die, shall he live again?” To all within the sound of my voice, I declare, If a man die, he shall live again. We know, for we have the light of revealed truth.
Ask: How can we put Christ at the center of Easter, and of every day of our lives? How can we share this knowledge with others?
Throughout the lesson, share personal experiences about what the Resurrection personally means to you and experiences that have helped you understand it better. Invite others to do the same.
Resurrection Rolls or Easy Easter Bark
-1 can of crescent roll dough
1. Unroll the crescent rolls and place on a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Explain this is like the cloth they wrapped Jesus in.
2. Give your child a marshmallow and explain it represents Jesus Christ, white and pure.
3. Roll the marshmallows in melted butter, symbolizing the embalming oils on Christ’s body. Then roll them in cinnamon sugar, representing the spices used to prepare Christ’s body for burial.
4. Wrap the marshmallow in the crescent rolls, pinching the dough around the marshmallow securely. This represents how they wrapped Jesus’s body in cloth.
5. Put the rolls in the oven, symbolizing the tomb. Bake for 12 minutes at the temperature directed on the package. While the rolls are baking, read John 20:1-18.
6. Open the tomb (oven) and wait for the rolls to cool. Once they have, open the rolls to discover the marshmallow is gone! The tomb is empty and He is Risen!
(Courtesy of Eat at Allies)
-1 12 oz. bag white chocolate chips
-3 cups mini rainbow marshmallows
-apprx. 1 tbsp. shortening (optional)
-Easter sprinkles (optional)
Measure out 3 cups of marshmallows. Line an 8×11 glass dish or half-sized cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Put the white chocolate and shortening in a medium sized glass bowl. Melt chocolate in the microwave for 1 minute. Give it a small stir, then return to the microwave in 30 second increments, until chocolate melts completely when you stir it.
After chocolate is melted, add marshmallows and stir to coat.
Transfer chocolate marshmallows to your prepared pan. Using a rubber spatula, make sure marshmallows extend to the edge of the pan. Press down slightly to make it all even. Shake any sprinkles you’d like to decorate the bark with.
Put in the freezer about 20 minutes until chocolate is set. Remove and return to room temperature. Cut into pieces.
(Courtesy of Butter with a Side of Bread)
We Will Rise Balloon Activity or Paint Filled Eggs
You will need two white helium balloons with VERY long strings (enough to pull down balloons once they hit the ceiling). You will also need plastic shopping bags. With your family, talk about how one of the balloons represents Jesus Christ. When He was resurrected and finished His work on Earth, He rose to heaven. Have someone release one of the white balloons so it floats to the ceiling.
Because Christ was resurrected, we will all be resurrected too. When we die, our bodies and spirits will eventually be united again forever, just like Jesus Christ. However, there is a difference between us a Jesus. He was perfect and never made a mistake. We all make mistakes and sin. Place a plastic bag over the second balloon and release it. While it rises a little, it doesn’t go to be with Christ’s balloon.
In order to be with Jesus Christ, we need to get rid of our sins. Discuss how you can do that! Remove the plastic bag, and let the balloon float to be with Christ’s balloon. Talk about the joy of repentance and the Easter season.
(Courtesy of We Talk of Christ, We Rejoice in Christ)
-Emptied eggshells (use a butter knife to gently crack the tops of shells and drain them)
-A glue stick
-Canvas (optional, poster board or paper can also be used)
Rinse the eggshells with warm water and soap, then allow them to dry.
Fill the eggs with paint.
Seal the eggs with tissue paper and glue. To enjoy, throw the eggs at a canvas or poster board outside. You can also fill the eggs with sidewalk chalk and splat them on the pavement.
(Courtesy of Growing a Jeweled Rose)