SUNDAY SCHOOL @ HOME – Third Sunday of Easter (April 18, 2021)
You are Witnesses (Luke 24:36b-48)
Some of his first disciples were talking about Jesus, after he had risen from the dead, and he came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” They were afraid, in fact, they were terrified. They thought they were seeing a ghost! But Jesus proved to them that it was really him. Let’s watch the video and find out what happened:
Jesus’ disciples were still having a hard time believing that he was alive. They knew that he had died on the cross and been put into the tomb. They knew that Jesus had risen from the dead and was alive, but it was just so amazing that this had happened that when he came to them and said, “Peace be with you,” they thought he was a ghost! But Jesus showed them the wounds in his hands and side and they knew it was really him. Jesus said they could touch him and see it was really him. He was hungry and so he asked for something to eat. They gave a piece of broiled fish and Jesus ate it.
Jesus helped them understand the things that God had done, from creating the world to sending a Son, Jesus. Jesus told them that they were witnesses. What had they witnessed? They had seen Jesus teach people about God’s love and forgiveness. They had seen Jesus died on the cross and they had seen that Jesus had risen from the dead and was alive! He was right in front of them and even eating a piece of fish!
You and I are also witnesses to God’s love in Jesus. We can tell others that God loves us so much that God sent Jesus into the world and that Jesus died on the cross and rose to new life. God loves us so much that we are children of God and nothing can separate us from God’s love. As witnesses to God’s love, we can tell others and we can show them through our actions.
- Jesus showed the disciples the wounds on his hands and in his side to prove it was him. If you had to prove who you were to someone, how would you do it?
- How can we learn about Jesus?
- How can we tell about Jesus?
This Little Light of Mine. Listener Kids.
When Jesus was with his disciples, he was hungry and they gave him a piece of broiled fish to eat. Did you know that the early Christians used a fish symbol (that looked something like <><) to identify themselves? Why not make a cross out of fish symbols cut from paper? All you have to do is cut five narrow strips of paper. About an inch from the bottom cut a slit in order to insert the other end into it to make the fish shape. Put the five fish shapes together to make a cross.
Jesus said to his disciples, “Peace be with you.” He also told them that they were witnesses. The disciples would tell others about Jesus and how he had them about God’s love. God loves everyone all over the world. Watch the video below to learn how to say “Peace be with you” in nine languages.
God, as we continue to celebrate Easter, we thank you for Jesus, who died on the cross and then by the power of your love rose to new life. He is alive! Like your first disciples, help us share the good news of your love for all people. Help us tell others about Jesus and show others by the way we live our lives. Amen.
Pastor Dan Fugate, Assistant to the Bishop for Discipleship in the Indiana-Kentucky Synod, ELCA, put this lesson together for Sunday School @ Home. There will be a new one for each Sunday while we are unable to gather together physically in our congregational buildings. Contact him at [email protected].