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Easter Sunday (PS)

Published April 6, 2017 by Publisher

Sunday Lesson: Easter Sunday

Theme: The Resurrection of Jesus

Scripture Reading: John 20 1-9

Puppet Script:

[Stage direction. Three puppets: Mary Magdalene and Jesus’ disciples Peter and John. Mary and Peter are standing at the entrance to the cave where Jesus was buried.]

Peter

Mary, what are you doing here? And why are you crying.

Mary

Peter, I am so glad you are here. I came here last night. I just wanted to be close to the place where Jesus was buried.

Peter

I understand. But the stone that covered the entrance to the cave has been rolled away.

Mary

Yes, and Jesus’ body is gone.

Peter

His body is gone? Oh no, who could have taken it? A grave robber?

Mary

No, I don’t think so. If it was a robber, he would have taken Jesus’ clothes as well. But the clothes that Jesus wore are still in the cave.

Peter

So, where is Jesus?

Mary

Well, the strangest thing happened. While I was sitting here crying, a man came up to me and asked me why I was crying. I looked up at him. His body was glowing. I told him about what had happened to Jesus and that someone must have taken Jesus’ body. The man said my name, ‘Mary.’ And then I realized the man was Jesus.

Peter

Are you sure?

Mary

Yes, I am sure.

Peter

Jesus has risen from death.

Mary

Yes, isn’t it wonderful?

Peter

Yes it is. I must tell the other disciples. I wonder if they will believe me.

[The puppet script can end here, followed by a class discussion about: 1. what just happened (to ensure that children were paying attention and understood the situation); 2. what Jesus did to convince the other disciples that he had risen from the dead; and 3. what the importance is of the resurrection of Jesus.]

However, if time permit and resources permit, the puppet play can continue.

[Stage direction. Exit Mary and Peter. Scenary change. Peter and John are in a boat fishing when they see Jesus – off stage – on the shore.]

John

Peter, the fishing is terrible today!

Peter

Yes John, it is. You know I was thinking about Jesus. Do you really think he is alive? I mean how is that possible?

John

With Jesus, all things are possible. But I know what you mean. It’s hard to believe that someone can rise from the dead.

Peter

Mary told me she saw Jesus.

John

And I believe her.

Peter

Hey let’s return to shore. We are not going to catch any fish today.

John

OK

Peter

Who is that man standing on the shore. He’s telling us we should go back out to sea and cast our nets on the other side of the boat.

John

Yes, I heard him.

Peter

Well, let’s try it! Ready to cast off the net?

John

Look, the fish are practically jumping into the net! Peter, this is a miracle!

Peter

Wait a minute, who on earth can perform miracles?

John

Jesus can! That man on the shore must be Jesus!

Class Discussion:

Q. What just happened (to ensure that children were paying attention and understood the situation);

Q. What did Jesus do to convince the other disciples that he had risen from the dead; and

Q. What is the importance or significance of the resurrection of Jesus.

A. Jesus died for us so that our sins would die with him and be forgiven. Jesus was born again to open for us the way to a new life –a life filled with love for one another and forgiveness of one another.

We believe in Jesus without seeing him. This is called faith.