Today let’s focus on teaching kids a Bible miracle from the book of John. Jesus’ grave clothes were lying there undisturbed. (Matthew 28:1-10; Mark 16:1-11; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-18).
After Mary Magdalene had come to the tomb and found it empty, she quickly found the disciples and told them what she had seen. Peter and another disciple ran to the tomb to see with their own eyes. What they found amazed them.
Ask the children…
What was significant about what the other disciple saw in the tomb?
“He stooped and looked in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he didn’t go in.” (John 20:5 )
First, there was no body. Second, the grave clothes were lying there just where Jesus’ body had been. If someone had stolen his body they would have either taken the grave clothes with them because they had valuable spices in them or they would have thrown the grave clothes all over the tomb in their efforts to unwrap the body. What did Peter see when he looked in?
“Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying apart from the other wrappings..” (John 20:6, 7)
Peter noticed the same thing and even the cloth covering Jesus head had been folded and put aside. It is interesting that the gospel writer John spends so much time on this. Why would John do this?
“Then the disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in, and he saw and believed— 9 for until then they still hadn’t understood the Scriptures that said Jesus must rise from the dead.” (John 20:8, 9)
Because of where the grave clothes were the two disciples were convinced without seeing Him that Jesus had risen from the dead. The resurrection of the dead is a primary message in the gospel of John that John didn’t want anyone to miss this miracle.
Jesus resurrected body passed right through the grave clothes and there they lay undisturbed for all to see and believe.
Ask your children what this miracle means to them? Ask them why they believe that Jesus rose from the dead? Ask them how they would explain this miracle to someone who asked about it? Feel free to share any of your children’s comments below.
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