Mary Magdalene was grieving when she went to anoint the body of Jesus at the tomb on the morning after the sabbath was over. She had no idea that she was about to become the first to hear the good news of Jesus’ resurrection! When she realized what had happened, she ran to tell the others. When she told them that Jesus was alive—that she had actually seen him—they did not believe her. But the news would soon bring great joy to all who heard and believed.
As the children hear and experience the story of the empty tomb from Mark 16:1-11, they will understand Mary’s joy at hearing the words “Do not be alarmed; … He [Jesus] has been raised; he is not here. (Mark 16:6).” They will have opportunities to talk about what it means to be Jesus’ disciple today and to explore how they too can tell the good news to others.
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