Jesus Raises Lazarus from the Dead

Bible Background (for parents)
Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead (John 11:1-45)

In today’s Bible Story, from St. John’s gospel, we hear about Jesus’ friends, Lazarus, Mary, and Martha.  Lazarus, Mary, and Martha, are brother and sisters.


Watch the story together (you may need to click on “copy link” in the upper right corner depending on your browser):




  • How did Lazarus, Mary, and Martha experience hope in today’s Bible story?
  • In what ways do we have hope in Jesus?
  • What can we do to experience more hope in our lives through Jesus?


Song – “I am the Resurrection”


Caterpillars are transformed into butterflies while they are in a cocoon.  Lazarus came out of the tomb, sort of like butterflies come out of their cocoons.  Lazarus came out of the tomb through the power of God’s love.  Jesus came out of the tomb through the power of God’s love.  It is that power that gives us hope.


Game Idea

Wrap your child in a sheet sort of like a mummy.  When you shout, “Lazarus, come out,” see how fast they can unwrap themselves.  You could do it several times and time how fast they can do it.


Craft Idea

Make a butterfly.  You will need two sheets of paper (in the video they use colored paper, but you can use white and then color it), scissors, a pencil, and glue stick.  Follow the instructions in the video below:


Snack Idea

Lazarus wraps

Lazarus Wraps – wrap a hot dog with crescent roll dough and bake. Or if you don’t want to bake, use strips of tortilla or string cheese.



When we are baptized, we are forgiven of our sins, made part of God’s family forever, and given the gift of new life, new life here and now, and new life with Jesus in heaven forever.  What do you hope will happen when you live forever with Jesus?


Closing Prayer

Dear God of life and hope, we thank you for the promise of resurrection and the power and hope it gives us each day through Jesus Christ.  Amen.


Pastor Dan Fugate, Assistant to the Bishop for Discipleship, put this lesson together for Sunday School @ Home.  There will be a new one for each Sunday (as well as for Holy Week) while we are unable to gather together physically in our congregations.  Contact him at dfugat[email protected].