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After Jesus ascended into Heaven Peter was enabled, by God, to perform some miracles and he spoke of God's healing powers and Jesus' earthly teachings. The crowds gathered to listen to Peter and their belief in God grew.
Imagine you had been one of the crowd listening to Peter talk about God, his resurrection and his ability to perform miracles; Would you have believed Peter?
What message do you think he would have said to the crowds of people?
St. Peter saw that Jesus has resurrected from the dead and after Jesus ascended to Heaven, St, Peter's belief in God allowed him to perform miracles and share God's word and love to thousands of people. Because the disciples shared the message of God, people today over 2,000 years later still believe in God.
To show others how you feel about God and to continue to share God's message please write an acrostic poem on Jesus' resurrection.
Risen from the dead showing his
Unburdened the world of sin
Rose from the tomb
Renewed the world
Compassionate and loving is God
To let his only Son live and die on the cross
I will share God's message
Our love for Jesus is so great and endless, we will
Never forget His sacrifice
Luke 24:36-43 New International Version (NIV)
36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.
John 20:24-29 New International Version (NIV)
24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus[a]), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
Questions to discuss or answer on paper:
Read this story from the Gospel according to Matthew
28 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
2 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. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 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.”
8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
1. Who were the first disciples to visit the tomb? (Two women, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary.)
2. When did they go to visit the tomb? (Early Sunday morning.)
3. What happened as the women approached the tomb? (A violent earthquake shook the ground.)
4. What did the women see when they got to the tomb? (The rock was rolled away from the door of the tomb and an angel was sitting on top of it.)
5. What happened to the guards? (When they saw the angel, they were afraid and fell as if dead.)
6. What did the angel say to the women? (That Jesus had risen from the dead, just like Jesus said He would!)
7. What did the women do when they heard this Good News? (They were filled with joy and hurried to tell their friends.)
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