WHO WILL ROLL AWAY THE STONE?
ENVIRONMENT AID: Disappointed. Despondent. Consider placing a set of toy soldiers on a large table. Be sure they are knocked over. Or, perhaps put out a board game of strategy, like Risk.
Give each student an index card with one of the following scenarios:
- You struck out at bat during the last inning of the league championship game. Your team lost.
- You failed your driver’s test. You have to wait three weeks to take it again. All your friends know that you were going to the DMV today.
- You had pneumonia for a month this winter. You tried, but you couldn’t make up all the work. You have to repeat seventh grade math.
- Your home caught fire and only a few things can be saved. You have to go with your parents to try to salvage through the remains.
- You got him as a puppy when you were just four years old. He slept with you every night. He died this morning.
- You finally made it into a favorite club that you’ve been wanting to join for two years. Your dad tells you that he has a new job and you have to move.
You’ve all had some disappointing things happen (as described on your cards.) Pretend that the situation described on your card is your situation right now. How do you feel? What are you going to do?
LOOKING AT THE WORD: Jesus followers likely thought that he had come to set up an earthly kingdom. Now he was dead. Were their hopes crushed or did they still have hope? Have each student open the bible to the text for the day. Read it aloud. Then ask, the journalist’s questions.
- Who is in our story today?
- Where do they go?
- What are they going to do?
- What are they worried about? Why?
- How is that problem solved?
I WONDER DISCUSSION:
I wonder if they remembered what Jesus had told them? I wonder if they were counting days?
I wonder if they had anointed other bodies before?
I wonder how much they’d slept, how much they’d cried, how much they’d asked God, “Why?”
I wonder who rolled the stone away …
I wonder if I would believe …
ATTRIBUTES OF GOD:
Do you have a list of God’s attributes and/or names displayed in your classroom? Read them aloud. Some may include
OMNIPOTENT. HEALER. GREAT PHYSICIAN. COMPASSIONATE. HELPER. HOPE.
If you have used the Children’s Catechism Q/As for prior memory work, then refer to this one –
CAN GOD DO ALL THINGS? YES. GOD CAN DO ALL HIS HOLY WILL.
If you have charted how Jesus shows himself to be both MAN and GOD as you read through Mark, then read those descriptions aloud.
COULD THIS GOD/MAN THAT WE HAVE STUDIED ABOUT HAVE COME TO LIFE AGAIN? WOULD THAT MAKE SENSE?
Begin a new chart called DESCRIPTIONS/PROOF. On one column begin this week to list proofs that Jesus came to life again. On the opposite column you may contrast a dead body. The list will grow each week. Example –
RESURRECTED BODY DEAD BODY
not in tomb laid in tomb
CREATIVE RESPONSE: Fear, worry, and questions happen to all of us when we are disappointed. God has been saying “Fear not” for generations. Listen to this song about God talking to another Mary, the mother of Jesus, before Jesus was born. Write down phrases you hear that remind you that Jesus will/did rise again and that his kingdom will not end. Or, as you listen, pick up our soldiers here who have fallen down and make ready for action again …