Object Lesson for Easter Sunday
Objects: Large Easter lily or some other beautiful flower, old plant bulb
Basic Children's message idea: Make the comparison between the old dead looking bulb and the beautiful flower it grows into and show how that it was also a wonderful miracle that Jesus rose victorious after being dead in a tomb.
Full Children's Sermon: Good morning children. Do you know what special day it is today? Yes. It’s Easter Day. It’s the day we celebrate that wonderful miracle of Jesus being raised from the dead. He was dead in the tomb but then on the third day he came back to life. Halleluiah! Do you see this old dried up bulb? It looks like its pretty dead. Many people might think that if you put this in the ground nothing would happen at all. It would seem like it would just stay in the ground dead for ever and that would be the end of the story. However, that’s not what happens. What takes place if we put this in the ground? (Let the children respond) That’s right it can grow into a beautiful flower full of life. (Show them the beautiful flower.) When they put Jesus to death on the cross most of the people thought that he was dead and gone forever. He really died and they knew that dead people don’t normally come back to life! But Jesus is different. He is God’s own son. He is the resurrection and the life. After they buried Jesus in the tomb they all went away very sad but then on the third day they discovered that he had come back to life! It was a miracle – He came back to life. He rose from the dead. The good news is that although we can’t see him now we know he is alive in heaven. He loves us and he can give us that same resurrection life that brought him back from the dead. So when you look around outside and see flowers coming up through the ground I want you to remember what a miracle it is. Also, remember what a miracle it is that Jesus rose from the dead and is alive!
PRAY: Thank you God that an old looking bulb / seed can miraculously turn into a living flower. Thank you also God for the miracle of Jesus being raised from the dead. Thank you that he is alive and can be a wonderful friend to us today.