Sharing the Easter Story

T  he Easter story is full of emotionally charged moments. It ends with resurrection, hope, joy, the forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal life for those who trust in Jesus Christ. But it begins with a series of agonizing events: betrayal, arrest, denial, a trial, mockery, beatings, crucifixion and death. Jesus went through an unbelievably painful experience. What makes it even more unbelievable is that He could have stopped all of it. How? Because He is God the Son. He has all the power and authority of God. But He didn’t stop any of it. He endured all of that pain and cruelty for us. Why? To save us. To give us hope for eternity.

Many of us are currently experiencing a time of unprecedented pain, fear, loss and confusion. Every corner of the world is affected by this global pandemic. We are united in our suffering, but as believers and as families we can also be united in our faith, trust and hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Let us not only hold onto our faith but also lead our families into the Easter season with celebration and hope. You undoubtedly have access to countless Easter-themed materials from your church and various other ministries and individuals. Our intention is not to present yet another obligation you have to fit into your upturned life right now. But we do want to provide a resource that you can turn to for help (and hope!) if and when you need it.

Connect with your family and with the Lord during this time in ways that work best for you. Choose activities that will help your family learn, grow and have fun together. And feel free to come up with creative ideas of your own!

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Pray

Sharing the Easter Story

T  he Easter story is full of emotionally charged moments. It ends with resurrection and hope and joy and the forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal life for those who trust in Jesus Christ. But it begins with a series of agonizing events: betrayal, arrest, denial, a trial, mockery, beatings, crucifixion and death. Jesus went through an unbelievably painful experience. What makes it even more unbelievable is that He could have stopped all of it. How? Because He is God the Son. He has all the power and authority of God. But He didn’t stop any of it. He endured all of that pain and cruelty for us. Why? To save us. To give us hope for eternity.

Many of us are currently experiencing a time of unprecedented pain, fear, loss and confusion. Every corner of the world is affected by this global pandemic. We are united in our suffering, but as believers and as families we can also be united in our faith, trust and hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Let us not only hold onto our faith but also lead our families into the Easter season with celebration and hope. You undoubtedly have access to countless Easter-themed materials from your church and various other ministries and individuals. Our intention is not to present yet another obligation you have to fit into your upturned life right now. But we do want to provide a resource that you can turn to for help (and hope!) if and when you need it.

Connect with your family and with the Lord during this time in ways that work best for you. Choose activities that will help your family learn, grow and have fun together. And feel free to come up with creative ideas of your own!

Read the Story

Read the Easter story from the Bible.

  • You can find it in all four Gospels: Matthew 26-28, Mark 14-16, Luke 22-24, John 18-20
  • If you have younger children, also read the story from a children’s Bible.
  • Share a blog post or daily devotion that speaks about Easter.

Click on the text below to use scripture references to share the Easter story.

1. The Arrest

Mark 14:32-50

They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.” 

Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour? Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Once more he went away and prayed the same thing. When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to him.

Returning the third time, he said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

Jesus Arrested

Just as he was speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, appeared. With him was a crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders.

Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.” Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Rabbi!” and kissed him. The men seized Jesus and arrested him. Then one of those standing near drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.

“Am I leading a rebellion,” said Jesus, “that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, and you did not arrest me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.” Then everyone deserted him and fled.

4. Jesus' Death and Burial

Mark 15:33-47

At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?”(which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).

When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.”

Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said.

With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.

The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”

Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph, and Salome. In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there.

The Burial of Jesus

It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached, Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died. When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph. So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where he was laid.

 

2. The Trial

Mark 14:53 – 15:15

They took Jesus to the high priest, and all the chief priests, the elders and the teachers of the law came together. Peter followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. There he sat with the guards and warmed himself at the fire.

The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find any. Many testified falsely against him, but their statements did not agree.

Very early in the morning, the chief priests, with the elders, the teachers of the law and the whole Sanhedrin, made their plans. So they bound Jesus, led him away and handed him over to Pilate.

“Are you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate.

“You have said so,” Jesus replied.

The chief priests accused him of many things. So again Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer? See how many things they are accusing you of.”

But Jesus still made no reply, and Pilate was amazed.

Now it was the custom at the festival to release a prisoner whom the people requested. A man called Barabbas was in prison with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the uprising. The crowd came up and asked Pilate to do for them what he usually did.

“Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate, knowing it was out of self-interest that the chief priests had handed Jesus over to him. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have Pilate release Barabbas instead.

“What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?” Pilate asked them.

“Crucify him!” they shouted.

“Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.

But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”

Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.

5. The Resurrection

Matthew 28:1-10 

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.

His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.

The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

3. The Crucifixion

Mark 15:16-32

The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium) and called together the whole company of soldiers. They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him.  

And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!” Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him. And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.

The Crucifixion of Jesus

A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross. They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get.

It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. The written notice of the charge against him read: the king of the Jews.

They crucified two rebels with him, one on his right and one on his left. 

Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, come down from the cross and save yourself!” In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! 

Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

 

Discuss

  • Ask your children if there are parts of the Easter story that confuse them or that they’d like to know more about. Then find the answers together in Scripture. Use other trusted reference materials if needed. (Feel free to pull out your BSF Notes from the John and Matthew studies for help!)
  • Encourage everyone to share the parts of the Easter story that intrigue or excite them the most and explain why.
  • Challenge children to find the attributes of God that are displayed in the Easter story.
  • Talk about the differences between how and why the secular world views and celebrates Easter versus how and why Christians celebrate Easter.

Create

  • Challenge each child to express their thoughts about what Jesus did for us in a way they will enjoy. They might want to create a poem or song, paint a picture, draw some graphic novel scenes, make a video, or simply write a letter to God.
  • Record a 30-second video of your family telling the Easter story in a quick, fun, and creative way. Use music, props, or costumes as desired. Then send it to some friends or family members who will enjoy it or who need to hear the true Easter story.
  • Make Jesus-themed cards or crafts, and send them to elderly relatives or residents of a local nursing home who are currently unable to receive visitors.

Sing

  • Listen and sing along to a variety of styles and genres: worship songs, hymns (both old and new), children’s music, and even classical music such as songs from Handel’s Messiah.
  • If any family members have musical talent, play live Easter music.
  • Pull out old CDs, cassette tapes, or vinyl records that contain songs about Easter or related themes. Introduce your children to not only the music but also the singers and bands you enjoyed listening to as a child, teenager, or young adult. (Of course, you can probably find most of those songs on a streaming service, but that’s not nearly as fun!)
  • Help your child set up an Easter playlist on your mobile device and play it throughout the day.
  • Invite your extended family and friends to join you in an online video chat and sing together.

Download BSF Preschool and Basic Truth songs on mybsf.org “extras.”

Pray

  • Write a list of people you know who need to hear about Jesus and/or choose to trust in Him as their Savior. Make copies and post them on your most-used mirrors around the house. Encourage everyone to pray for those people each time they look in the mirror.
  • Pray an add-on prayer (similar to the “I’m Going on a Picnic” game). The first person says something like, “God, thank You for Jesus.” The second person says, “God, thank You for Jesus and that He died on the cross.” The third person says, “God, thank You for Jesus, that He died on the cross, and that He rose again,” and so on. See how many things you can add to the prayer. If you have younger children, help with the repetition part.
  • Ask non-Christian family members or friends if you can pray for them. Make a list of their prayer requests, and commit to pray for each one. A week or two later, follow up with those people to see if their prayers have been answered or if they have any additional requests.

130 Comments

  1. Fran Goetz

    Thank you for sharing the Easter Story. It has reminded me that I need to pray for those in my family that have strayed away from the Lord to be much in prayer for them.

  2. Cindy Buethe

    I enjoyed the summation and will look up a few things mentioned I want more clarification on. Ex. What is myrrh? What is the purpose of drinking wine with vinegar? Thank you for the readings.

  3. Aifen

    An opportunity to hear a talk to grasp this visual: land (sin), flood water (death), ark (in Christ Jesus); God created wood naturally floats as water rises. those who can swim may laugh at those who cannot for a short while, but they eventually drown after the large body of water raining for a long long time. Those are willing to enter into the cover of ark (Jesus) are saved.

  4. Joy Machunga

    Thank you so much for the Easter story and the hope it has brought all over again in the midst of despair and hopelessness. I am so blessed and reminded again to pray and keep praying for family and friends who have not received the free gift of salvation.

  5. Peggy

    An amazing job in putting this Easter story together for families. Thank you! And as Jesus’ death gave us victory over our sins and eternal life, so will his death and his Resurrection give us freedom and healing from Covd 19. He is Risen, HalleJulia! He is risen indeed!

  6. Grania

    He Arose! He Arose! Hallelujah Christ arose. We have been redeemed. Praise God.

    • Bature Deborah

      Thank you so much for your unstoppable commitment, it’s been a blessing and encouragement hearing from you. The Easter story, thank you🙏

  7. Rajesh Christian

    Thank you for the Easter Story. The words used in 2nd para of the story exactly resemble to my thoughts as we all in every corner of the world are currently experiencing a time of unprecedented pain, fear, loss and confusion because of this COVID-19. This is the same experience Lord’s disciples experienced during the 1st Easter just similar to the indoor Israelites experienced in their last night of slavery in Egypt. After both those experiences, for God’s people the result was unbelievable joy & celebration and God was glorified. Just like that, may be this Easter experience of fear & confusion will be the last for God’s people and a new dawn of happiness is just at the corner as the Lord said in Matthew 24:32-33. Let us be prepared to receive Him.

  8. ESTHER KARANJA

    Thank you so much for sharing Easter story, may our unstoppable God continue infilling you with more messages because you are a blessing to us.

  9. Elaine Cheng

    We are all infected by the virus of sin. But Jesus resurrected 3 days after His death forms the foundation for our release from sin. By the Holy Spirit, we can be sanitised and recovered through the vaccine of the Blood of Jesus. Amen.

  10. Beolia Doctor

    Jesus is Lord of all and over all. Thank you so much for providing this information to us during our season of dealing with the virus.

  11. Eliud Ngahu Waithaka

    Thanks for sharing and reminding us that Jesus death gave us Living Hope.

  12. Susan Troudt

    This was beautiful. Thank you.

  13. Linda Bradham

    Wonderful story of the resurrection. Hope in the world during this pandemic, knowing that God is on the throne and still in charge. This marks a new beginning for all believers. Thanks for all the work you do.

  14. Bernard kirimi

    Thank you for these words told many times but have become clearer.

  15. Elaine Cheng

    Our Faith in Christ during this wolrdwide spread of cornona virus put us to the test, but replenishment of love and care from the Lord is definite.

  16. Anne Gene

    Thank you for the wonderful recourse. May the Lord bless you for your selfless service

  17. HEZRON MASITSA

    Thank you very much for this timely message. Christ is risen and this marks a new beginning as we hope to overcome the pandemic in Him Mighty Name.

  18. Jessica

    I love these ideas! Thank you for sharing.

  19. KUDZAI GOMBAKOMBA

    Thank you so much just what I needed, I am leading an early morning small group conference prayer tomorrow, Sunday 12th. I will use some of the ideas to summarize my lesson. I am excited.

  20. Mildred Bennett

    This is wonderful I like five steps to the resurrection and it give me ideas to use next year for Easter. The message is good.

    • James Mburu

      This is a time we will never forget Easter without celebrations gathering and holy communion. But sharing the Easter story in our homes reminds us that God is still on the throne and he is faithful to give us victory.
      God bless

  21. Nancy Miller

    I try each Tuesday to open the lecture from my local group. This will not open for me. Don’t know what else to try.

  22. Melinda Ramirez

    FANTASTIC! I can’t wait to incorporate some of these ideas into our family “Easter Zoom lunch” tomorrow! Thank you so much for equipping us! Your work for Christ changes lives!

  23. Margaret Thagichu

    Thank you for a very appropriate Easter message, May God bless you

  24. Joan Spunzo

    Thanking you for sharing the story of our risen Christ!!!
    🎶🎶 I love ❤️ to hear the story because I know it is true. 🎶🎶❤️🎶It satisfies my longings as nothing else can do.🎶🎶🎶

  25. Bernard Tan

    We are a church without walls. Thank you for the modern technology that we are to meet electronically though not physically but more important spiritually. God Bless

  26. Richard Mabeya

    Thank you for the good work you do at the BSF headquarters.

  27. Marcia Mahalu

    Thank you all for this applicable resource for such a time as this. God bless you all at H.Q

  28. Portia Griffin

    God is definitely speaking to us during this pandemic. It is my prayer that many will develop a closer relationship with him during this time. Scientists have called this virus “Invisible”. We can’t see it but we do see evidence of it. The same is true of our God. We can’t see Him but we see evidence of Him everywhere and in all things. Thank you very much for reminding us that joy and peace is ours for those who know Christ. Thank you also for the resources you have given us to share the Easter Story with friends and families during this challenging time in our world.

  29. Angela li

    Thanks for Easter, let us know once again that God died for us and died for our human sin! Lord, you are with us, you are the king of kings, the lord of kings. May God bless everyone, from now to forever.

  30. carol washington

    since we canot go to church thank you for bringing church to us

    • Cory Navarro

      Its well explained and very materyal or guide for US to share with family and friends. Guide teaching our small kids to do.
      Making a reflection in Jesus sufferings and ours suffering etc etc.
      Thank you and Happy Easter

  31. Barbara Gaines

    How excellent the images of Jesus from arrest to His resurrection. How great we are for the precious gift of Jesus and His resurrection gained in our life as believers. Thank you BSF for allowing me to be among God’ children.

  32. Baziwe Sarah

    This is great. Thank you for keeping in touch. My BSF is right in our home now. We are five in the house, My husband and the three high school going relatives. We are going to share the Ester story tomorrow Saturday and am sure it will be fun and a point to reflect more onto God than the virus. I wish to assure you that this Lock down has given us chance to do more bible study than before with my family members. May God bless you.

  33. Linda Harris

    Thank you so much for always being a wealth of God-ordained resource. Stay safe in His Arms 🙏🏿

    • Lomnyaka mondori

      Am uplifted with the 5 illustrations which sum up the EASTER story God bless you

  34. Charlotte Thompson

    What inventive ways to worship! God has His hand on BSF❤️

  35. Monica

    Good stuff, so encouraging

  36. Pam Taylor

    Thank you so very much for this powerful, richly organized resource of our Redeemers sacrifice for our sin debt to reconcile us to the true and living GOD. Thank you and God bless you.

  37. William Eropkin

    Thank you for the cross, Lord
    Thank you for the price You paid
    Bearing all my sin and shame
    In love You came
    And gave amazing grace
    Thank you for this love, Lord
    Thank you for the nail pierced hands
    Washed me in Your cleansing flow
    Now all I know
    Your forgiveness and embrace
    Worthy is the Lamb
    Seated on the throne
    Crown You now with many crowns
    You reign victorious
    High and lifted up
    Jesus Son of God
    The Darling of Heaven crucified
    Worthy is the Lamb
    Worthy is the Lamb
    Thank you for the cross, Lord (thank you)
    Thank you for the price You paid
    Bearing all my sin and shame
    In love You came
    And gave amazing grace
    Thank you for this love, Lord
    Thank you for the nail pierced hands
    Washed me in Your cleansing flow
    Now all I know
    Your forgiveness and embrace
    Worthy is the Lamb
    Seated on the throne
    Crown You now with many crowns
    You reign victorious
    High and lifted up
    Jesus Son of God
    The Darling of Heaven crucified
    Worthy is the Lamb
    Worthy is the Lamb
    Worthy is the Lamb
    Worthy is the Lamb
    Worthy is the Lamb
    Seated on the throne
    Crown You now with many crowns
    You reign victorious
    High and lifted up
    Jesus Son of God
    The Darling of Heaven crucified
    Worthy is the Lamb
    Worthy is the Lamb
    Worthy is the Lamb
    Worthy is the Lamb
    Worthy is the Lamb
    Worthy is the Lamb
    Worthy is the Lamb
    Worthy is the Lamb
    Songwriters: Darlene Joyce Zschech
    Worthy Is The Lamb lyrics © Music Services, Inc

    Praise be to the Lord Most High, He has set us free, restored us to the Father’s household forever. Thank you Jesus for paying the debt I could never repay. Thank you Lord for rescuing me from my sins.

  38. Laura Little

    Thank you for this email. You guys & gals at head quarters are a wonderful blessing to all of us. Thank you for your Love & leadership. He is an unstoppable God you gave us life now & life everlasting. May the Holy Spirit be ever so present with us all as we celebrate our Risen Lord. He is Risen…..indeed. Hallelujah & amen.

  39. Wanja Maina

    Thank you for the resources. It is a wonderful way to study the Word with family through Easter.

    God bless BSF

  40. Jeanne Hill

    Thank you for suggestions, shared this with young children , also included the Last Supper & the Garden of Gethsemane using eggs holding symbols for each aspect of Christ’s death & resurrection to redeem His Own…
    Glory be to God ❣️

  41. Mary Bergeron

    An Easter Poem of Thanks. You can change the pronouns to fit you or your family.

    Thank You, God.

    Thank you to our God above,
    For giving me the gift for love.
    Thank you for the gift of sight,
    So I can see the stars at night.

    Thank you for the gift of hearing,
    And for music, so endearing.
    Thank you for the gift of smell
    Of flowers that you made, as well.

    Thank you, Lord, that I can taste
    All the foods that you have graced.
    Thank you for the gift of touch
    To hold the ones I love so much.

    Thank you for the breath you give
    Every day, so I may live.
    Thank you for the gift of hope
    So I endure and I can cope.

    Thank you for my brain, so grand,
    To learn, to think, to understand.
    Thank you for the gift of speech
    So, what I learn, I then can teach.

    Thank you for the gift of health
    Meaning more than any wealth
    Thank you for the gift of care
    That all these gifts, we too can share.

    Thank you for the gift of choice,
    So I can praise You and rejoice.
    Thank you for the faith I need.
    Thank your Son that I’ve been freed.

    And Lord, thank your only Son
    He paid our very heavy price
    To give us our most precious gift,
    Eternal life, His sacrifice.

    • Cynthia Russell

      Love this!

  42. Mary mbugua

    Wow what a wonderful creative way to enjoy studying the word of God during Easter and though I dont have young children, I have still found ways to connect on a more adult nature with my teens. I believe these is a season to search for God individually and as a family.

    • Wanja Maina

      Thank you for the resources. It is a wonderful way to study the Word with family through Easter.

      God bless BSF

  43. Forsure Makowa

    It is such a wonderful resource to use with young children in my life. Thank you BSf headquarters

  44. Scott P. Mackie

    Today is Thursday. Although hot a traditional holiday, it was quite important in the life of Jesus, as was every He spent in His preressurrection body. Although perfect. He had body similar to that of Adam. He must of had a sin nature. If not, the temptations would not have really tempted Him. All we can say is “thank you, Lord.

  45. Joan

    Thank you BSF for sharing these stories.Meanwhile we listen Handel’s Messiah live from Sydney opera house during Easter!

  46. Joseph Andati

    Happy Easter to you all at BSF Headquarters. God bless you for the good work.

  47. Flora

    thank you for sharing this story that will remind us how God loves us unconditional and for saving us from death…God bless us all

  48. Pauline Magogo

    Thank you. I will use the story to share with others the mystery of this great season of our redemption.

    • Cassandra Johnson

      Jesus paid a debt he did not owe because we owed a debt we could not pay. Thank you Father for loving us and thank you for BSF leaders. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus

  49. Eloisa

    Thank You for sharing this Easter Activities. These ideas are absolutely very helpful especially this time celebrating the Easter. Happy Blessed Easter BSF.

  50. Gladys Munodawafa

    Thank you for the resourcefulness.
    It becomes interesting to follow through God’s story with family and witnessing by sharing 8.
    God bless !😇

  51. Titilayo Kupoluyi

    These are wonderful ideas to use at a time like this. Thank God for Bsf & Bsfers all over the world. The Word of God is alive and Jesus lives forevermore. Praise the Lord.

  52. CB

    Easter is not Biblical. Passover and feast of unleavened bread are. If following what Jesus did, he did not incorporate pagan festivals but celebrated and died on Passover as he is the Passover lamb. Pagan traditions of man are the leaven in the church. Many followers fo Jesus Christ don’t even know the Holy-days of God in the Bible, yet they know/celebrate the counterfeit holidays from the devil.

  53. Kathy Heider

    The Lord sent me on a journey that I didn’t ask for. I wanted the perfect life like all my friends. No, instead he gave me lots of trials to go through. I think he knew if I only had a few trials that I would not need him. I don’t know.
    My dad died when I was 21 suddenly of a heart attack the day after Christmas. My mother got cancer that first year. My brother, who was an alcoholic, was murdered. My first husband who was a secret alcoholic, I divorced after hearing of his scrupulous confessions. My son followed suit like his uncle and dad as an addict for several years but is 19 months sober. I had a heart attack at age 57 and many losses in between. I took over the business we just purchased and learned quickly without having any knowledge of the business when I developed buyer’s remorse. One of my BSF leader’s came to the store to support me and when I told her I didn’t think I could manage it, she said, “you can’t….. for a few seconds I was paralyzed with fear……. but God can”. She then said, “you don’t own the store. It’s God’s store but I know how much you love the Lord and that you will serve Him”. Her words changed my entire life forever. I realized I own nothing. Even my only son, the clothes I wear, my car, & my house were not mine but God’s.

    There was a time I thought I was being punished because of my trials. I was wrong. Now, I attribute everything that has happened – good and bad – as a gift. He knew I had to go full circle so he could teach me to rely on Him only. While attending BSF during some of these trials, I learned to pray for His knowledge, strength, perseverance & patience. He also used my experiences so I could help others. Easter represents His resurrection. Easter also represents my resurrection from my self-will to His Will. Praise to the Father for who He is. Praise to Jesus Christ for going to the cross and dying for my sins, and praise to the Holy Spirit who now lives in me. Because of Easter I am truly saved. Amen

    • Lorene McMurrin

      Thank you. god’s perfect timing. I needed to hear your story. Thank you, Jesus and thank you for sharing. Love you, Sister in Christ.

    • Pauline Magogo

      Amen. What a powerful testimony for all of us who have had a share of some trouble in our lives. His Resurrection for my resurrection taking me from self-will to His Will. He loved me before I could love Him. He is loving, faithful and so good..

  54. A Amrit Raj

    Very apt, timely and thoughtful in these moments of the pandemic.

  55. Kelvin

    Thank you for the information on Easter and guidance

  56. Kin Sun Lau

    It’s just thankful to our Lord that He reveals a good explanation through a BSF brother’s sharing not told by the church and even BSF. This has been a long time wonder since I study Matthew 12:40 (through BSF) when our Lord told the Pharisees ‘the Son of Man will be 3 days and 3 nights in the heart of the earth’. However, the tradition is giving an account of 1.5 days only, without any explanation (I can’t remember whether BSF had explained when I first studied Matthew 20 years ago).

    For me, The Lord’s Word never fails. What He says will always come true. How come this verse should be discredited by the present tradition?

    Praise The Lord. He is faithful. ‘Seek and you will find’ (Matthew 7:7). In fact, it’s His grace to show me a devotional (through Eric my BSF brother) written by a famous Chinese pastor In the year of 1941. The pastor argued from the wordings of 4 gospels that crucifixion was done on Wednesday and resurrection occurred at Saturday night (this part needs the explanation from the original Greek). This was an account of 3 days and 3 nights in ‘heart of the earth’.

    Praise The Lord. Your Word endures forever.

  57. Shiru

    Thank you so much for this. Right now, i miss Church so much. This is a wonderful resource and my family will use it this season. God bless for doing this for us.

    • Ethel Timmons

      Thanks i really enjoy my studies at BSF

  58. Wanda Shumate

    Thank you for refocusing me on the here and now. Thank you for giving me a chance to vent for just a minute, I’m not preaching, but I’m reminding myself of what’s important. Holy Week, leading up to my Lord laying down his life that I have life. In the turmoil that is going on, is the virus peaking, is it not peaking. Do we wear masks do we not wear masks…where do we get them. No one is working and how is the economy going to rebound. Thoughts swirl, come and go, getting lost in the fog of days coming and going, each one much like the last. I’m not stating this out of hysteria or a feeling of depression, not even one of particular distress…it’s more one of a lack of direction because the direction that we knew has been twisted to the point that it’s not recognizable, any more. Thank you again for reminding me, God is recognizable, He doesn’t change, He is faithful to his word and his word is BE STILL AND KNOW I AM GOD.

    • Jim Mumm

      Wow – well said Wanda. Thank you for your thoughtful comments. I agree, especially when you said “I’m reminding myself of what’s important. Holy Week, leading up to my Lord laying down his life that I have life”.

      We’ve been reading and studying over and over again for years in BSF that God has a plan. This pandemic wasn’t a surprise to God. He had a plan for the Apostle Paul wherein Paul gladly went to Rome and was able to testify to sailors, guards, governors, and kings! What happened to Paul wasn’t a surprise to the creator of the universe. What happened to Jesus during Holy Week wasn’t a surprise to Almighty God. And this pandemic wasn’t a surprise to our unstoppable God either!

      This pandemic is brutal and horrible. But we know that God uses all things for the good of those who love Him. I pray for myself that God helps me/us look for how He is using these circumstances to change lives, soften hearts, save the lost and sanctify believers! God has a plan and He is Unstoppable!

      To God be the Glory!

  59. Choong Chang Chin

    Thank for your sharing. A timely reminder for all. There is hope in the risen Christ. God bless.

  60. Vinette Hill

    Very interesting and creative suggestion to share Christ’s Resurrection story with my grandchildren. As we honor this Sacred Event my prayers continue for the loss of victims stricken with C-19 and for comfort and healing for their families
    as they grieve

    Blessed Easter🙏🏾

  61. Cherith

    Thank you for the add on prayer suggestion. I think that would be great to do as a family or on FaceTime with other family members.

  62. Lynda Mathison

    Thank you for sharing

  63. JENNIFER FINCHER

    READ THIS TO MY 8 YEAR OLD WITH EYES FULL OF TEARS. THANK YOU JESUS FOR YOUR COURAGE AND LOVE FOR US. HE IS RISEN!!!

  64. Carol O. Allen

    How wonderful to be a part of BSF because of articles such as this. The encouragement and the increased depth of Scripture gives me strength and ever-increasing joy! Thank you again!!

  65. Bev W

    Praying for all the families who have lost a loved one during this pandemic. Praying for those who experienced not being able to be with their loved one while they were dying. Praying many people will come to the Lord during this time and praying that after quarantines are lifted, please will flock to the church realizing that even churches can be closed during such times and we are not to take our churches and their leadership for granted. Keeping a prayer journal during this time helps to clear the mind and ease the heart. Encouraging others to connect on line with their church who may be streaming or go on line and connect with a church service that offers beautiful Easter music. Maybe give an Easter CD to someone who enjoys music. When in line at the grocery store (6 feet away), pay for the person behind you if you feel led to. Pray for our nation and it’s leadership, first responders, workers who are risking their lives every day in various job commitments. Pray for those who are alone, the frightened, those hurting in so many ways. Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

  66. Shelley R Dickinson

    What a wonderful resource to use this Easter season. It is so very hard not to be able to go to church during these difficult times, not to worship and reflect on Jesus’s sacrifice and then rejoice in His resurrection causes me some anxiety. This posting should help and I will certainly use it. Praying all is well on the other side of this posting.

  67. Doris Buckman

    I know my REAL life began when I began studying the Bible with BSF. You have enabled me, and then my family and friends, to know Jesus and the Eternal life that is ours to claim.

  68. Jill L Sonner

    This year–as every year since I accepted Jesus Christ as my savior–I have related to Mary Magdalene. I see her following closely through each step of His suffering. She never swayed in her belief even when she watched Him die. She was the first to see Jesus after He was risen. Easter is a reminder of what He did to save me from the life I once lived. I am grateful like Mary for the eyes to see.
    Thank you for the bible study and bringing the word of God to life – in my life.

  69. Gracia Miller

    What a marvelously gracious gift for us all in this season to share over and over again as we, like Paul, zealously tell everybody about our Unstoppable risen from the dead, LORD.

  70. Vandra

    Saved by His Grace

  71. Deanna Hall

    Saved by His Mercy

  72. Norma B Armstead

    I always feel honored that God allows me to be apart of such a faithful group of servants as you all are. I have never felt blessed to be apart of anything as much as I do BSF. You selfless servants of the kingdom have from the very beginning of my journey with you, inspired me to give the best of my service in emulation of you. I can’t say thank you enough for the love and teaching that you have so generously given me. As we have studied this book of love and service so many faces of BSFers have danced in my thoughts, some nameless but all showing me God’s amazing love through their servants hearts. So, once again thank you BSF for being the arms and legs but most of all the hearts of our unstoppable God.

  73. Becky Hargrove

    I’m so thankful for our like-minded BSF groups/sisters/brothers/servants across the globe.
    God’s Word truly is alive and powerful. We have learned it heals, comforts, guides and corrects. If Jesus had not endured the Cross, none of this would be true. The Cross is the spiritual aspect we celebrate, as believers in Jesus Christ. We know the Cross is an inanimate object, made of rough-hewn wood. Imagine, if the “Cross” of Jesus could have spoken out that day, it might have sounded like this:

    One by one I dragged them there, the weight so heavy it was more than He could bear Falling under the load, great planks on His back, down to His knees, the guards’ whip did crack.
    A witness stood by, in the crowd was distressed, a soldier grabbed him, ordered to carry the rest.
    Simon of Cyrene is all that we know, his heart was broken while giving a tow.
    “Not fast enough, go on push ahead, up to the top of the skull soldier’s pled.
    The clay at the top was soft and smooth, it gave way easy as my wood pushed through.
    The earth quaked and shifted with every blow and pushed deep in the dirt where man first was sewn.
    There were voices heard ’round about, the clanging of coins bought sick bouts of joy.
    The sun burned hot on my guest that day, with not to shield Him from the whips and the pain.
    Whe He gave up His spirit from under the load, the sky went black as has been foretold.
    The curtain now rent in that holy place, God’s Spirit to dwell with each man face to face.

    The End
    EdH

    • Cathy Dunaway

      I loved this poem, Becky. Thanks for sharing it!

    • Brigitte

      Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me blessHis holy name.

    • DorisH

      Thanks for the above: After Jesus gave up His spirit from under the load….”The curtain now rent in that holy place and God’s spirit dwells with each man face to face.” Hallelujah!

  74. Robert S Cook

    All praise, glory, and honor to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who gave his all. Thank you all so much for the wonderful work that you have provided. It is such a wonderful feeling to know that God is in control and nothing can stop His church. Be blessed in the knowledge of his death, burial, resurrection, and ascension.

  75. Janis Christiansen

    BSF has been a vital part of my spiritual growth, especially as a weekend worker, earning my living. I thank God for it!

  76. Imelda

    Thank you so much.Sharing this to family,friends,relatives and loved ones.
    He has risen,indeed!God’s children are truly blessed for having and worshiping the true God if the Bible-the triune God,the Father,the Son and the Holy Spirit.Thank You,Lord and praise to Your holy name.Amen.

  77. Kathleen schlosser

    My husband I will listen to music and sermon from our church on. However, this is great guide for us to read, discuss and pray through this guide. Thank you so much for sending this a reminder for use on Sunday or any other time during the year.

    Kathleen

  78. Stephanie jenkins

    Thank you God , for all of the shepherds feeding us with your love,hope,your manna from heaven to sustain us through these trials and tribulations. His promises are forever in our hearts. Stay safe in Jesus name Amen.

  79. Melody

    Thank you for such a wealth of biblical information in such a modern and creative interactive format! Brilliantly done!

  80. Elizabeth Coulliette

    What a very meaningful way to spend some of our home time with our families. I love this!

  81. Jacqueline Kubai

    Thanks for sharing such wonderful suggestions to help during this Easter where most of us are on lockdown. May Christ’s name be glorified ! Happy Easter to all BSFers !

  82. Nancy Woody

    Thank you for all of these wonderful suggestions for celebrating Easter.

  83. Cynthia

    Thank you for sharing this rich resource.

  84. David Ganiyu Momoh

    Thanks to God for everything as we’re admonished to do in ALL Situations. May His Holy Name be forever Praised, Amen.
    Thanks also to the Team for your Tireless, Selfless, Passionate and Relentless Service to God and Humanity, none of you shall miss the rewards of Kingdom Stewardship in Jesus Name, Amen.
    Although, I’ve not gone through it but I believe it’d helpful and like to appreciate your thoughtful steps, especially this Season.
    May Christ’s Crucifixion and Ascension bring relief to the lost, especially this time of global pandemic and rescue humanity from the scourge of this plague, Amen.
    Happy Easter to BSF Team and BSFers,
    God bless Us all, Amen.

  85. Martha

    Wonderful resource for families.
    Well done !

    • Joyce Agoro

      Awesome!!
      Very helpful. I look forward to sharing this with my family.

  86. Jan

    Wonderful ideas.

  87. Charles Njendu

    Thank you very much for the very clear illustration of the story of Jesus’ arrest, trial, crucifixion, death, burial and the resurrection in such a simple and clear manner. The risen Christ has defeated fear and death. He has given us power to overcome. May his holy name be praised.

  88. Jerry

    Thanks BSF for sharing this guide. We may use it as we discuss the meaning of Easter with our teenage granddaughter who is here from Japan to learn English. She grew up in Japan with little or no Christian knowledge or influence. We were planning to explain why we celebrate Easter by reading and discussing Scripture. This is a wonderful guide for us to use. I like how it divides the story into five pertinent sections.

  89. Muriel

    Thank you for reaching out in this way at this time. May your Easter weekend be your best ever yet. He is risen.

  90. Cathryn Ocken

    This is Awesome! Thank you!

    • Jeanne Hill

      Giving thanks for BSF & their co-laboring with believers around the globe to help God’s children to know & follow Jesus✝️

  91. Sherrian Westfall

    We have no little/young ones in the house, just my husband and me but this is for me,,, thank you

  92. Sally Edwards

    Sent this to a friend who told me she feels she’s missing something important in her life. This BSF message felt like God’s answer to my prayer of how to respond to her. Thank you for making it so easy to hear the full message and even be able to read the scriptures that tell the Easter story. I’m a 30 yr BSFer. Thank you, Lord.

  93. Judith Walker

    Wonderful presentation of the Easter story and how to share it with family and others! May God bless each of you at BSF as you continue to bring the good news of Jesus to so many.

  94. Sandy Elliot

    Marvelous tools! Than you for sharing with us The Hope and the Help! May God continue to bless your efforts with a rich harvest!
    I’ve noticed in the grocery stores that THIS year the most depleted section is the religious cards section!

  95. Becky

    Forwarding this to my daughters in other states to use with my grandchildren!
    Praying this will spread like the gospel in Acts.
    Thanking God for His provision.

  96. Keerthi

    Thank you so much for all your time and effort in putting together.
    Very useful resources from adults to
    Kids.

    BSF is a great blessing to me and am
    Praising god for BSF and praying that god will use BSF in extraordinary ways to glorify his name forever.

  97. Christina Thompson

    God, The Father of Jesus, I thank you for your Son whom you have given us so that we may have salvation, righteousness, justification, sanctification, faith, mercy, and grace in Jesus name.
    Amen.

    Thank you BSF!

  98. Gloria Sigouin

    This is beautiful! Thank you! What a blessing it is to have BSF in my life this year! I am learning so much and especially during this pandemic! Jesus is the light!

  99. JoAnn

    Wonderful ideas! Thank you

  100. Elizabeth Wooten

    These are very meaningful suggestions! Thank you!

  101. Kathy Peck

    LOVE this guide!!! Thank you!

  102. Betty Shaw

    Thank you for helping us keep putting God and his son Jesus in the top of our life.

  103. Marilyn Turner

    What a joy thank you so much

  104. Ruth Bobic

    I think these are great ideas. Yesterday, I shared a brief history of: Abraham, Issac, Jacob, Joseph and Moses to my 14 year old grandson.
    I wanted to explain how the Jewish people got to Egypt. Why the Jewish people celebrate Passover. I read Exodus 12:12-13:1-17. We had a great discussion after I fed him first.😊 I explained that Jesus is the Lamb of God and Passover points to Jesus. Today, I will use what you provided, the Passover supper, the first holy communion and have communion with him. By the way, my son and grandson live next door, so the Grandson comes over to check on Nana.
    Thank you for providing the material, I will use visuals and download some songs on my phone.
    God bless BSF you and BSF families!
    Ruth

  105. Dorothy Collins

    To Debbie Young and BSF Curriculum Staff,
    Thank you SO much for all your time and effort in putting together these wonderful ideas, activities, Scripture references, etc. in time for celebrating Easter 2020 in a unique and memorable way. This year’s Easter celebration and the telling of the Easter story will have a significant impact on the Next Generation for the rest of their lives. What Jesus did on the cross and the Good News of His resurrection can change hearts in new ways THIS 2020 Easter. Praising and thanking God ahead of time for all that HE is going to accomplish and how HE will be glorified this Sunday!!
    I’m thanking God for BSF and for everyone of you who serve Him so selflessly!!!!

  106. Marissa Smith

    Very Very Useful!

  107. Janette Olsen

    Love the 5 scriptural sections. I can’t wait to share it this weekend.
    Thank you!

  108. Margie Breen

    This page is wonderful !!! Thank you !

  109. Kathryn Zeka

    I remember an Easter as a teen going to an old church with a family i had helped move days before. I had scrubbed the daylights out of the new kitchen and some of their pans and my hands were just raw after doing it. I had to salve them and wear gloves. The Light of His Presence was very real for me in that Easter service.

  110. Chandra Immanuel

    Very useful

    • Leslie Reed

      Thank you!! We will start this today.

    • Irene Kwan

      Thank for Jesus’ forgiveness, love and eternal hope.

      • Eliud Mweri

        Praise God For His Grace and Mercies
        Thanks for this timely and appropriate message for the season, it gives believers peace of mind because Jesus is our peace and lives to intercede for us. The word of God is unstoppable despite the covid 19 pandemic

        • Lilian gachuhi

          This is indeed a very heart warming message for the entire family in a time where the upturn has really changed our priorities to revolve around family like never before. Nothing could work better! God bless you

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