Arise From The Dead

Arise From The Dead

 (Bible Overview #43 of 54)

One Main Truth:  Jesus demonstrates His power over death by raising Lazarus

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1 GAME: Capture the Flag

Game / Bible / Life Connection:  Players Could Restart in the Game / In the Bible Jesus Called Dead Lazarus Back to Life / In Life God has Power Over Death

  1. Show Players the boundaries that the game will be played in. Point out the center line that divides the field in half, one half for “Team 1” and the other for “Team 2.” Then point out that each team has a “Flag” hiding in one of the back corners of their side of the field and in the other back corner is their “Jail.”
    2. Explain that each team’s goal is to be the first team to grab the “Flag” and bring it back to their side.
    3. Then explain that once a Player crosses the center line into the other team’s territory the other team can tag them and send them to that team’s “Jail.”  Normally they must remain in “Jail” until a fellow teammate frees them by tagging them out. After they are released, they are free to run back to their side without getting tagged.  Important: in today’s game if a player is put in jail they can rejoin the game simply by counting to 7 then saying “Life has Power Over Death!”
    4. If a Player is tagged while carrying the “Flag,” they must drop the “Flag” where they were tagged and go to “Jail.”
    5. Begin the game. Allow it to continue until one team brings the “Flag” back to their side.
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2 BIBLE DISCOVERIES: Gospel & Truth - John 11

 Game / Bible / Life Connection:    Players Could Restart in the Game / In the Bible Jesus Called Dead Lazarus Back to Life / In Life God has Power Over Death

The Magic Show: Brothers Ajay and Vijay were so excited to go to the magic show. They sat on the edge of the seat as the show began. The magician appeared out of a cloud of smoke! He wore a large red cape and looked mysterious. The audience was silent. A woman walked into a long box. Only her head was exposed.  The magician closed the box. Then, he suddenly began to pierce large swords into the box. The woman died! Ajay and Vijay were both shocked and delighted at the same time. The audience
waited to see what would happen. The magician then removed the swords one by one and opened the box. The woman came out smiling. She was alive! Everyone clapped loudly! What a show!

What is the difference between magic and a miracle? Magic is an illusion. It is a trick. A miracle is a divine hand helping us in our human lives. Jesus performed miracles. He made the lame walk, he made the blind see, and he even raised the dead!

The Bethany Miracle: Lazarus and his sisters Mary and Martha lived in Bethany, near Jerusalem.  Lazarus fell ill and word was sent to Jesus to please come and heal Lazarus. Jesus was late. By the time he arrived Lazarus had died and he was laid in a tomb for four days. Lazarus’ sisters were very upset. When Jesus came, Martha went rushing to
Him. She could not stop weeping. Jesus said to Martha, “Your brother will rise again.” “I am the resurrection and the life.” Martha replied, “Yes Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God.” Upon Jesus’ word, Lazarus came alive! Not by magic, but by a miracle of God!

Most of us suffer and die spiritually as we lead a sinful life. When those who are close to us, weep for us and seek God’s grace for us, we can experience a spiritual rebirth. It is important for us to keep an eye on the spiritual life of our loved ones. Always seek God’s help. Our God can perform miracles!

When you believe in Jesus, anything is possible! Don’t forget to clap and rejoice every time Jesus performs a miracle in your life! Praise Him! Worship Him! Give Him glory! He has power over death and eternity. To receive this eternal gift we need to accept Jesus as our personal Saviour.

3 LIFE CONNECTIONS

  Game / Bible / Life Connection:    Players Could Restart in the Game / In the Bible Jesus Called Dead Lazarus Back to Life / In Life God has Power Over Death

Memory Verse:  “Whoever lives by believing in me will never die.”  John 11:26

Leader, ask God to connect to the children’s minds, the children’s hearts, and in the prayer to connect to the children’s soul.

1. Game 
What happened in the game if someone was tagged? (put in jail)
How did someone get out of jail? (say “Life has Power Over Death”).
Did players play more boldly knowing they could get back in the game (yes!)

2. Bible
What happened to Lazarus? (he died)
How did Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead?
What does that prove about God?
Boys and girls Jesus has power over death! If Jesus has power over death, and Christians have eternal life, how should we live our lives?

3. Life
Repeat after me: “Dear God, thank you for showing you have power over death, thank you for raising Lazarus from the dead. God thank you that I will live forever if I have recieved Jesus as my Savior. [Leader, Salvation Prayer] *pause*.  Jesus please give me courage to obey and share this truth.”

4. Worship Song
Ask the children what is their favorite worship song and then sing several worship songs with hand-motions
(click here for worship songs “GameLife Strong & Powerful Worship Motions”)

5. Reinforcement 
Use local resources and common objects.
(Optional)
Ask the children to make greeting cards (ensure that they write a verse of comfort in their card).  Show the children how to be thankful to God for their life. Make bookmarks of I LOVE GOD or THANK YOU GOD.

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