INSTRUCTION TO PARENTS:  Read through the appropriate lesson with your child. We are praying for your families.

EASTER SUNDAY LESSON: April 12 // Preschool//Elementary

LESSON TITLE:  The Empty Tomb //  The Good News of Easter


TOPICS:  Easter, Resurrection,


MEMORY VERSE:  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”   John 3:16


LESSON INTRODUCTION:  This is a very special day.  In fact, one of the most important days in the history of the world.  It is interesting how all the really important days in history are all about Jesus.  First, when Jesus was born in Bethlehem.   We celebrate that on Christmas day, when God came down to earth to be born as a little baby, and grow into a man in order for God to physically live among the people He created, and to show them in person how much He loves them.  After Jesus turned about 30 years old, He lived among them for 3 years, comforting the poor, feeding the hungry, healing the sick and performing miracles among them every day.  Second, Jesus died on a cross for all of our sins, so that we might be forgiven, if we trust in Him for our salvation.  We call that “Good Friday”, which was just a couple of days ago.  Finally, today we call Easter but we should really call it Resurrection Day because today we celebrate Jesus physically rising from the dead.  The word resurrection simply means the act of coming back to life after being dead.  Jesus even told His followers that is what He was going to do, but they didn’t believe it and most important, He is alive today!   After He died on the cross, His body was put in a new tomb that belonged to a rich man, Joseph of Arimathea.  Back in this time, a tomb was like a small cave carved into a hillside or into a rock; and their custom was to put those who had died into these tombs.  So it has now been 3 days since Jesus died on the cross; and as we read the following verses, we find out that many people discovered that, indeed, the tomb is empty:  Jesus is not there!


READ:  Luke 24: 1-2,  John 20: 1-31,  Matthew 28: 1-10

The resurrection of Jesus is the center of the Easter story.  Jesus bore our sins and so died on a cross, but He rose from the dead!  His resurrection gives us life.  We are helpless in our sin, but if we have faith in Jesus, and believe in His resurrection, we become new creations.



1.  Who were the first disciples to visit the tomb?

     (Mary Magdalene and the other Mary)

2.  When did they go to visit the tomb?

     (Sunday morning)

3.  How did the two women react?

     (They were afraid)

4.  What happened to the guards?  

     (When they saw the angel, they were afraid and fell as if dead.)

5.  What did the angel say to the women?

     (see Matthew 28: 5, 6)

6.  Once the women understood that Jesus was alive and they would see Him  

     again, how did they react?  

    (They were filled with joy and hurried to tell the others.)

ACTIVITY: Empty Tomb – stained glass craft to color

Color the Color sheet.... here is an example of what the finished color sheet should look like


PARENTS:  Send us a video of your child saying John 3:16… we want to make a special video to show the church.  You can text your video to Pastor Holland at 949-533-4656 or email it to hollanddavismail@gmail.com.


Family worship resources from Kids On The Move and Listener Kids on YouTube.