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

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

  7. This was beautiful. Thank you.

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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.

  13. I love these ideas! Thank you for sharing.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

    • 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

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

  19. 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.🎶🎶🎶

  20. 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

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

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

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

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

    • 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

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

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

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

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

  30. Good stuff, so encouraging

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

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

    God bless BSF

  35. 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 ❣️

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