While we are unable to meet for Sunday School, I will post an adaptation of the children's Sunday School lesson every Monday. Think of the lesson as a guide to discuss a story from the Bible together. Each lesson will include some introductory material, a Scripture reading, questions for review and discussion, an activity suggestion, a short prayer, and a memory verse. I encourage you to take just 10-15 minutes every week to actively engage your children or grandchildren in this opportunity to grow together in your faith!
Share some background information before reading the story together.
Just like with our story last week, today’s story takes place just after Jesus’ resurrection. We celebrate Jesus coming back to life, his resurrection, on Easter. In today’s story, two of Jesus’ followers are on a walk to Emmaus. They are feeling sad, scared, and confused. They are sad because their friend Jesus died. They are scared because they wonder if something bad might happen to them, too. They are confused because Jesus’ body isn’t in the place he was buried, and they have heard that an angel said that he is alive. They don’t understand how someone who was dead could come back to life. While they are walking to another town, they are talking about everything that has happened and trying to make sense of it all.
Read the story of Jesus appearing to two men while walking down a road to a town called Emmaus. You can read the story from the Bible or the simplified version of the story from the Spark Story Bible below.
Three days after Jesus died, Cleopas and his friend were slowly walking down the road to Emmaus. They were walking slowly because they felt very sad. “Why did Jesus have to die?” they wondered. After a while, a stranger began to walk along with them. The stranger was really Jesus, but Cleopas and his friend didn’t know it.
“What are you talking about?” the stranger asked.
The men looked at each other, “Are you the only person in town who doesn’t know what just happened?” they asked. They told the stranger what had happened to Jesus. “Jesus was a great teacher, “Cleopas said.
“We hoped he was the one God promised would save the world, but instead he died on a cross. We took Jesus’ body down and put it in a tomb. This morning our friends went to the tomb, but Jesus’ body was gone. They said there was an angel there instead. The angel told our friends, ‘Jesus is alive,’ but…”
“Stop being silly,” the stranger said. “How many times do you need to hear this? It was God’s plan for Jesus to die and become alive again to save the world!”
By now they were almost to Emmaus. Cleopas invited the stranger to stay for dinner. During dinner, the stranger picked up a loaf of bread, broke it, blessed it, and gave each man a piece. All of a sudden, Cleopas and his friend recognized the stranger. It was Jesus.
But then Jesus disappeared! Cleopas and his friend jumped up, ran from the room, and went to tell the rest of Jesus’ disciples that Jesus really was alive. God kept another promise.
- Who appeared with the two friends while they are walking?
- Did the friends know who the stranger was?
- How were the friends feeling while they were walking?
- When did the friends recognize that the stranger was Jesus?
- How do you think the friends felt when they realized the stranger was Jesus?
- Why do you think they realized that the stranger was Jesus after he broke the bread, blessed it, and gave it to them? Many of our younger children are not with us in worship to have seen us practice communion. You might need to tell them about Jesus’ last supper with his disciples and then you can explain how we observe the Lord’s Supper.
- The friends realized it was Jesus because of something he did – he broke the bread, blessed it, and shared it with them. There are lots of things we can do to help other people see Jesus. What kinds of things can you do to help others see Jesus?
Today’s story tells us about a time that Jesus walked down a road with two friends even though they did not recognize him. Jesus is always with us, too! Take a walk together as a family. Share about times and ways that you have known that Jesus was with you and talk about ways you see Jesus in other people. Think of something each of you can do this week that would show Jesus to someone else.
Dear God, thank you for always being with us. Thank you for giving us family members and friends who care for us the way you care for us. Help us make choices that show your love to others. Amen.
They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed.” Luke 24:34