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Easter Week Countdown: Easter Sunday

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Easter Week Countdown
Sunday, April 12
Easter Sunday


Scripture: Matthew 28:1-10

EASTER SUNDAY
Jesus was resurrected! Early in the morning, Mary Magdalene, a friend and follower of Jesus, comes to the tomb to care for Jesus Christ’s body. To her astonishment, she finds the tomb empty. But she is not alone. A man addresses her, a gardener, she supposes. But then He says her name, “Mary.” And she sees. He is Jesus. He had risen from the tomb. An angel descended from heaven and rolled away the stone. The Christ lives. Jesus Christ overcame death and was resurrected and because He lives, all of us will live again, Becuae He lives, not just on the third day, but this day, every day, we can find Him. Jesus told His disciples to teach and baptize others and promised to always be with them.*

Bible Videos:

New Testament Stories:
*Daily text passages are taken from Comeuntochrist.org and April 2011 Friend.


Today would be a great day to do the Easter program.

Program:
{Each Narrator section can be read straight out or you can take the time to discuss that subject with your family. They will all be labeled as Narrator to keep everything organized in the program but do what works for your family.}

Read John 3:16

Narrator: Even though he knew that Jesus would be cruelly treated, our Heavenly Father sent Him to earth. He sent Jesus because He loves us. And Jesus loves us so much that He wanted to come. They both wanted every one of us to have the chance to go back and live with them. Is it any wonder that the angels sang for joy over this miracle of love, the gift of the Savior's birth?

Sing "Silent Night" (Hymns, no. 204)

Read Matthew 19:13-14

Narrator: When Jesus grew up, he spent his time teaching the people how to live and how to be happy. He preached the gospel, healed the sick, and blessed the children. He loved everyone, and many of the people loved Jesus, too. He lived a life of service and provided us with a perfect example to follow. Never thinking of Himself, He lived His life giving to others.

Sing "I Think When I Read That Sweet Story" (Children's Songbook, p.56)

Read Luke 22:44

Narrator: Jesus knew that the time had come for Him to suffer for our sins and die. He gathered His Apostles around around Him for the Passover feast, which was to be His last supper with them. There He taught them about the sacrament so that they would remember Him and what He was about to do for them. He said something very important to them, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you." (John 13:34

Sing "Love One Another" (Hymns, no. 308; Children's Songbook, p. 136)

Read John 19:17-18

Narrator: On Friday, after a long night of illegal trials, Jesus was sentenced to death. He was beaten and laughed at and spit upon. Then He was hung on a cross, with nails piercing His hands and feet, and left to die. Still, He never stopped loving. He forgave those who were putting him to death. While He hung there, darkness covered the earth, for men were murdering their Creator.

Sing "There Is a Green Hill" (Hymns, no. 194)

Read Matthew 24:57-60

Narrator: Jesus was buried in a borrowed tob on Friday evening, for Saturday was the Sabbath and burying people on that day was not allowed. Some women wanted to put special ointments on Jesus' body to prepare it for burial, but they didn't have time, so they planned to come back as soon as the Sabbath was over to finish preparing His body. The Sabbath was a long, sad day. Jesus was dead, and His follwers could only wait and weep and think about Him.

Sing "To Think About Jesus" (Children's Songbook, p. 71)

Read Luke 24:1-9

Narrator: The great rock was rolled away, and an angel declared that Jesus had risen. Mary Magdalene was the first to see Him and she told His Apostles, but they did not believe her. Soon He appeared to others.
Then, as the Apostles were gathered together, "Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, 'Peace be unto you.'"
"But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit."
"And He said unto them, 'Why are ye troubled? And why do thoughts arise in your hearts?'"
"'Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.'" (Luke 24:26-39)
At last they believed, though they were filled with wonder and joy. Jesus had risen from the dead and was with them again.
Although the events of the first Easter happened almost two thoughsand years ago, the story of Jesus does not end there. Still He lives, and still He loves us. He has again set up His Church on the earth so that we can hae the blessings of the Gospel. And that is the miracle of Easter. Jesus the Christ has triumphed over sin and death. He lives!

Sing "Jesus Has Risen" (Children's Songbook, p.70)

Bear your own testimony to your family that Jesus lives today, that He is directing the prophet and guiding His Church. Allow each member of your family to express his feelings and appreciation for the Savior and the Atonement.

Sing "He is Risen" (Hymns, no. 199)

Close with a prayer

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