From the series:  What Is So Amazing About Jesus?

Easter 2023

Sunday, April 9, 2023 by Andrew Ruiz – John 20:1-18

About the Series

What is so amazing about Jesus? Why does his life and teachings continue to inspire and influence people all over the world? And how does that impact your life? As we approach Easter, we invite you to join us on a journey to uncover the incredible impact of Jesus. Whether you are a believer or simply seeking answers, we'll dive into his messages of love, compassion, justice, forgiveness, and hope, and learn how they can bring real change and transformation to our daily experiences

Lesson Plan

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Main Idea

Many of Jesus’ disciples were skeptical about his resurrection, yet they went on to become the spokesmen of the church and maintained faith in the midst of incredible suffering, even unto death.. This happened for one reason and one reason only: They encountered a Risen Jesus

John 20:1-18

The Resurrection

20 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb.Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there,and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed;for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples went back to their homes.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. 13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.”14 Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?”Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”She turned and said to him in Aramaic,[b] “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.

Discussion Questions

  • Here are some opening questions: What is one dark moment of your life that ended happily?, Why do people visit the grave sites of close friends and family members? or About what sort of news would you get excited right now?
  • Read John 20: 1-18 – ask the group what stands out to them
  • If you had been either Mary, Peter, or John, what thoughts would have run through your mind when you discovered the empty tomb?
  • Do you know someone who has experienced pain or suffering but still has enduring faith? If you were to ask them how or why, how do you think they would respond?
  • Who do you need to tell about the empty tomb of Christ? How?
  • Jesus is patient with Mary as she doubts and is confused about the death of Jesus – how does that bring you peace?

Verse to Memorize:

He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.

Matthew 28:6

Idea Principal

Muchos de los discípulos de Jesús eran escépticos acerca de su resurrección, sin embargo, llegaron a convertirse en los portavoces de la iglesia y mantuvieron la fe en medio de sufrimientos increíbles, incluso hasta la muerte. Esto sucedió por una sola razón: encontraron a un Jesús resucitado.

John 20:1-18

Preguntas de Discusión:

  • Aquí hay algunas preguntas de apertura: ¿Cuál es un momento oscuro de tu vida que terminó felizmente?, ¿Por qué la gente visita las tumbas de amigos y familiares cercanos? o ¿De qué tipo de noticias te emocionarías en este momento?
  • Leer Juan 20: 1-18 – preguntar al grupo qué les llama la atención.
  • Si hubieras sido María, Pedro o Juan, ¿qué pensamientos habrían pasado por tu mente cuando descubriste la tumba vacía?
  • ¿Conoces a alguien que haya experimentado dolor o sufrimiento pero aún así tenga fe duradera? Si les preguntaras cómo o por qué, ¿cómo crees que responderían?
  • Jesús es paciente con María mientras duda y está confundida acerca de la muerte de Jesús – ¿cómo te trae paz eso?
  • ¿A quién necesitas contarle sobre la tumba vacía de Cristo? ¿Cómo?


No está aquí, pues ha resucitado, como dijo. Venid, ved el lugar donde fue puesto el Señor.

Mateo 28:6

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