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Christ, the Lord,
Is Risen Today


by Charles Wesley, 1739

Christ, the Lord,
    is risen today, Alleluia!

Sons of men
    and angels say, Alleluia!

Raise your joys
    and triumphs high, Alleluia!

Sing, ye heavens,
    and earth, reply, Alleluia!

Love's redeeming work
    is done, Alleluia!

Fought the fight,
    the battle won, Alleluia!

Lo! the Sun's
    eclipse is over, Alleluia!

Lo! He sets
    in blood no more, Alleluia!

Vain the stone,
    the watch, the seal, Alleluia!

Christ hath burst
    the gates of hell, Alleluia!

Death in vain
    forbids His rise, Alleluia!

Christ hath opened
    paradise, Alleluia!

Lives again
    our glorious King, Alleluia!

Where, O death,
    is now thy sting? Alleluia!

Once He died
    our souls to save, Alleluia!

Where thy victory,
    O grave? Alleluia!

Soar we now where
    Christ hath led, Alleluia!

Following our
    exalted Head, Alleluia!

Made like Him,
    like Him we rise, Alleluia!

Ours the cross,
    the grave, the skies, Alleluia!




Christ's Resurrection

1 Corinthians 15
(Excerpts)

Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.

After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also.

But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain.

Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised.

For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.

Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.

If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.

But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.

For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead.

For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.

For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet.

The last enemy that will be abolished is death.

But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, "Death is swallowed up in victory.

"O death, where is your victory?  O death, where is your sting?"

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.




2010 State Conventions

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A Strong Finish

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The Good News
of the Holidays

The spiritual significance of Christmas and Easter is the very essence of the Gospel – the Good News of God's love and gift of eternal life through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.


Christmas: The Incarnation of Jesus Christ

Jesus is God's gift of love, celebrated at Christmas.

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life" (John 3:16).


Easter: The Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ

The gospel includes four historical facts (celebrated at Good Friday and Easter) concerning the God-man Christ Jesus, the object of saving faith.

"Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel, . . . that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time" (I Corinthians 15:1-6).


1. He died for our sins.

The death of Jesus Christ in our place is God's only provision for man's sin. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). "Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone" (Hebrews 2:9).


2. He was buried.

The burial testified that His body was really dead. "And Joseph took the body . . . and laid it in his own new tomb . . . and he rolled a large stone against the entrance of the tomb" (Matthew 27:59-60).


3. He rose again on the third day.

"He (Jesus Christ) was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification" (Romans 4:25).


4. He was seen by many witnesses.

The record that Jesus was seen by many assures us that the resurrection was genuine. "To these He also presented Himself alive, after His suffering, by many convincing proofs" (Acts 1:3).

God's gift of forgiveness and eternal life is yours when you accept it as an undeserved gift by faith as you personally receive Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord.

"For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast" (Ephesians 2:8,9).

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you" (I Peter 1:3-4).




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In This Issue

5-Day Easter Unit Study
(with more than 50 links for further information)

Activities for Each Day
Day 1:  Christ's Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem
Day 2:  Celebration of the Passover (Last Supper)
            and the Garden of Gethsemane
Day 3:  The Hearings and Trial
Day 4:  The Crucifixion
Day 5:  The Resurrection and Ascension


Greetings,

Our joyful celebration of the Lord's resurrection provides the opportunity for us to:

•  Teach our children the heart of the gospel so that they will thoroughly and accurately understand this most important doctrine.

•  Proclaim to the world the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ — and salvation through faith in Him.

•  Remember, reflect on, and appreciate what the Lord has done for us — then thank and praise Him!


Three Ways To Use This Unit Study

A variety of activities can enrich your teaching, contemplation, and proclamation of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 •  Unit Study.  Substitute this study for your regular studies to provide a break and focus on the resurrection of our Lord.

Optional:  Continue math work and any other basic subject that needs daily attention.

 •  Bible Study/Devotionals.  Use the Scripture portions for your family's daily Bible and devotional time.

 •  Supplemental Studies.  Pick and choose any activity to enrich your family.

May the Lord bless you and your family for His glory.


Cordially,
The Pat Welch Family, Publishers
Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian

The Teaching Home is a home-school, family-run business operated in our home since 1980.


Activities for Every Day

The following activities are included for each of the five days.


Bible Reading and Study

Read notes in your Bible, or from a Bible handbook, and discuss the selected passages using who, what, where, when, why, and how questions for comprehension and understanding.

Most of the Scriptures listed by topic for each day (see below) are taken from "A Harmony of the Story of Jesus" with the Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John accounts rearranged by subject and approximate chronological order.

See another Harmony of the Gospels.


Prophecy Fulfilled

The Scriptures listed are from "Messiah Revealed."

See another site, "Prophecies Fulfilled by Jesus Christ, Messiah."


Bible Memory

Choose a verse from the day's reading or one of the suggested verses.


Reading

Have your children (even beginning readers with help) read some of the Bible reading and study references directly from the Bible.


Writing and Penmanship

•  Ask your children to write 1-5 paragraphs (depending on their ability) on a topic of study for the day.

•  Assign a portion of Scripture or your memory verse for your child to write out.

•  Use writing and penmanship skills to make banners, cards, tracts, etc. (see "Evangelism" listings below).


Art, Crafts, and Activities

•  Download Living Books Curriculum's free e-book, Easter Holiday Helper, a short collection of poems, stories, picture study, and copywork to make Easter more meaningful.

•  Find many good links, recipes, family traditions, stories, activities, and cards at AnniesHomepage.  Also "Jesus, Messiah, the Fulfillment of Prophecy," Feasts of the Bible, Messianic Jewish and Passover links.




Day 1

     Christ's Triumphal Entry
     into Jerusalem

See notes for "Activities for Each Day" above for Bible Study and Memory, Reading, Writing, and Activities.


Bible Reading and Study

•  Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem
Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44; John 12:12-19

•  Cleansing the Temple
Matthew 21:12-17; Mark 11:15-19; Luke 19:45-48

•  Jesus Teaches about His Death and Resurrection
Matthew 16:21-23; 17:22-23; 20:17-19; 26:1-2
Mark 8:31-33; 9:30-32; 10:32-34
Luke 9:22; 9:43b-45; 18:31-34

•  Jesus' Anointing at Bethany
Matthew 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9; John 12:1-8


Bible Prophecy Fulfilled
(References below are Prediction / Fulfillment.)

•  Triumphal Entry
Psalm 8:2 / Matthew 21:15-16
Zechariah 9:9a/ Matthew 21:8-10
Zechariah 9:9b / John 12:12-13
Zechariah 9:9f / Matthew 21:6-9


Major Concept
Christ's Purpose in Coming to Earth
Isaiah 53:5-12, 59:15-16a; Matthew 20:28; Luke 23:33, 46; John 1:29; 6:40; 1 John 2:2


Bible Memory

John 1:29; John 6:40


Vocabulary and Spelling

Disciples, triumphal, anoint, temple, Messiah.


The English Word "Easter"

•  "Isn't Easter a Pagan Holiday?" and other articles.

•  "Is the word 'Easter' Mentioned in the Bible?"


Music: "Messiah"

Handel's Oratorio "Messiah" speaks of Christ's life, death, and resurrection.

•  See the libretto (words) of "Messiah" and the Scriptures to which they refer.

•  See the Open Score (complete words and music).

•  Get free sheet music for orchestra parts for the "Hallelujah Chorus."

•  Buy a low-cost MP3 download of Handel's Messiah (Golden Classics) by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir.

•  Or buy the DVD, Handel's Messiah (250th Anniversary Performance) plus "For Ever and Ever," a documentary on "Messiah" with an accompanying booklet.  This 1992 performance of Handel's great masterpiece was filmed at the Point Theatre, Dublin on the 250th anniversary of the work's premiere, which took place in Dublin on April 13, 1712.


Geography

•  On maps of Jerusalem and the Holy Land locate the following (possible) locations: East Gate, Herod's Temple, Golgotha, Garden Tomb, Garden of Gethsemane, Mount of Olives, Upper Room, Herod's Palace and Early Maps and Models of Jerusalem.

•  See an "Outline of the Story of Jesus" using maps.


Evangelism: Greeting Cards

A greeting card is a way to show thoughtfulness and love, as well as furnish an opportunity to witness at this time.

•  Write and include a poem about Christ's death and resurrection and its meaning to you. See poetry-writing instruction and tips.

•  Use your best penmanship to copy the words of a hymn or Bible verse in your handmade cards and greetings.

•  Include gospel tracts or write out a verse in greeting cards to family and neighbors.


E-Mail Cards and Tracts

•  Send an e-card with a Bible verse typed into the message area or a link to an online tract.

•  Online tract, "God's Simple Plan of Salvation," in many languages.

•  Crosswalk e-cards.

•  Answers in Genesis e-card with link to a gospel message.




Day 2

     Celebration of Passover
     (Last Supper)
     and Garden of Gethsemane

See notes for "Activities for Each Day" above for Bible Study and Memory, Reading, Writing, and Activities.


Bible Reading and Study

•  The Plot To Kill Jesus
Matthew 26:3-5; Mark 14:1-2; Luke 22:1-2; John 11:45-57

•  The Passover Instituted
Exodus 12:1-36

•  Celebrating the Passover / The Last Supper
Matthew 26:17-29; Mark 14:12-25; Luke 22:7-30; John 13:1-30; 1 Corinthians 11:23-25

•  Judas Iscariot's Plans To Betray Christ
Matthew 26:14-16; Mark 14:10-11; Luke 22:3-6

•  In the Garden of Gethsemane
Matthew 26:30-46; Mark 14:26-42; Luke 22:31-46; John 13:31-38; 18:1-2

•  Jesus Betrayed and Arrested
Matthew 26:47-56; Mark 14:43-52; Luke 22:47-54a; John 18:3-12


Bible Prophecy Fulfilled
(References below are Prediction / Fulfillment.)

•  Messiah Betrayed
Psalm 41:9 / Mark 14:17-18
Zechariah 11:12-13a / Matthew 26:14-15

•  Messiah Abandoned
Psalm 22:11 / Mark 14:50
Psalm 69:20b / Mark 14:33-41


Major Concept: Jesus the Messiah

Read "How do we know that Jesus was the Messiah?"


Bible Memory

John 1:29 / 1 Peter 1:18-19


Vocabulary and Spelling

Passover, communion, betray, a "Judas."


Music: "Messiah"

Continue exploring and listening to Handel's "Messiah" (see Day 1).


Christ Typified in the Passover

•  Read the "Introduction to a Christian Seder," with an explanation of terms and symbols of the Passover.

•  Print and read a sermon by C.H. Spurgeon, "Christ Our Passover."

•  Order The Miracle of Passover DVD by Zola Levitt or Messianic Passover Haggadah, a guide to observe Passover feast.


Comparative Religions

•  Islam: Find out what Islam teaches about the crucifixion.

•  Read what the Catholic church teaches about the "Sacrifice of the Mass."


Drama

"God's Story" is a visual exploration of God's revelations in chronological order.  Hear and read text online (available in 27 languages).

•  The Betrayal and Crucifixion.

•  Resurrection to Eternity.


Evangelism: Tracts and Gospels of John

1. Purchase Tracts

Obtain a supply of gospel tracts to hand out at this season and throughout the year.

•  Good News & Crossway

•  "God's Simple Plan of Salvation" in 21 languages.  Also read the inspiring story of the author of this tract, Dr. Ford Porter.


2. Write Your Own Tract

Consider writing your own tract including a short personal testimony and the gospel.

•  Read "How To Write a Tract."

•  You may use or include (copyright free) "God's Plan of Salvation."


3. Gospels of John

Include a Scripture portion, or the Gospel of John, with your greetings cards throughout the year.

•  The Pocket Testament League offers copies of the Gospel of John with different cover designs and translations (English, Spanish, Chinese). 1-866-626-8106.




Day 3

     The Hearings and Trial

See notes for "Activities for Each Day" above for Bible Study and Memory, Reading, Writing, and Activities.


Bible Reading and Study

•  Jesus Tried before Jewish Authorities; Peter's Denial
Matthew 26:57-27:2; Mark 14:53-15:1; Luke 22:54b-23:1; John 18:13-28

•  Judas Iscariot Commits Suicide
Matthew 27:3-10; Acts 1:18-19

•  Jesus before Pontius Pilate; the Sentence
Matthew 27:11-26; Mark 15:2-15; Luke 23:2-25; John 18:29-19:16a

•  Jesus Ill-Treated and Tortured
Matthew 26:67-68, 27:26b-31; Mark 14:64b-65, 15:15b-20; Luke 22:63-65; John 19:1-3


Bible Prophecy Fulfilled
(References below are Prediction / Fulfillment.)

•  The Messiah Rejected
Isaiah 6:9-10a / John 12:37-40
Isaiah 49:4a / Luke 19:41-42
Isaiah 53:3b / Matthew 27:21-23
Isaiah 49:4b / John 5:43
Psalm 69:8a / John 1:11
Zechariah 11:12-13b / Matthew 26:14-15

•  Messiah Judged
Psalm 109:2 / John 18:29-30
Isaiah 53:8b / John 18:13-22
Isaiah 53:7b / Matthew 27:12-14
Isaiah 53:9b / Mark 15:3


Major Concept: Why Jesus Needed To Die

John 1:7, and "What about the death and resurrection of Christ was important and vital to Christianity?" with additional Scripture.


Bible Memory

Isaiah 53:6


Vocabulary and Spelling

Sanhedrin, Pharisees, High Priest, blasphemy, denial, suicide.


Music: "Messiah"

Continue exploring and listening to Handel's "Messiah" (see Day 1).


Drama

Order or rent, and watch these movies:

•  The Fourth Wise Man.  Read review.

•  Word for word Scripture:  Visual Bible Gospel of Matthew or The Gospel of JohnRead review of The Gospel of John.


History

Refer to a Christian history textbook (or the curriculum that you are using) and read about the Roman world in which Jesus lived.


Evangelism: Outside Banners and Window Signs

Let your neighbors and those passing by know that you celebrate the resurrection of our Lord.

•  Make a banner or inside window sign with fabric, butcher paper, poster board, etc.

•  Signs can say, "Our Redeemer Lives!," "He Is Risen!," "Our Savior Is Alive!," or "Hallelujah, Christ Arose!" See samples.




Day 4

     The Crucifixion

See notes for "Activities for Each Day" above for Bible Study and Memory, Reading, Writing, and Activities.


Bible Reading and Study

•  Christ's Crucifixion and Death
Matthew 27:32-50; Mark 15:21-37; Luke 23:26-46; John 19:16b-30

•  Supernatural Events as Jesus Dies
Matthew 27:45,51-53; Mark 15:33,38; Luke 23:44-45

•  People at the Crucifixion
Matthew 27:54-56; Mark 15:39-41; Luke 23:47-49; John 19:25-26a

•  Christ's Burial
Matthew 27:57-66; Mark 15:42-47; Luke 23:50-56; John 19:31-42


Bible Prophecy Fulfilled
(References below are Prediction / Fulfillment.)

•  Place of Crucifixion
Genesis 22:14 / Luke 23:33
Isaiah 53:12c / Luke 23:32

•  Events during Crucifixion
Psalm 22:16c / Matthew 27:38
Psalm 109:4 / Luke 23:34
Psalm 69:20-21a / Matthew 27:34
Psalm 22:18a / John 19:23-24
Psalm 22:18b / John 19:23-24

•  Mocked by People
Psalm 22:17b / Luke 23:35
Psalm 22:7 / Matthew 27:39
Psalm 109:25 / Mark 15:29-30
Psalm 22:8 / Matthew 27:41-43

•  On the Cross
Psalm 22:14b / Matthew 27:35
Psalm 22:1a / Matthew 27:46
Psalm 22:1b / Mark 15:34
Psalm 22:15a / John 19:28

•  Messiah's Death
Zechariah 13:7b / Matthew 27:35
Psalm 22:17a / John 19:32-33
Zechariah 12:10a / John 19:34-37
Psalm 22:14a / John 19:34


Major Concept:
The Importance of Jesus' Resurrection

Read 1 Corinthians 15:12-19 and the "Resurrection of Christ" with Scriptures included.


Bible Memory

1 Corinthians 15:3-5; John 3:16


Vocabulary and Spelling

Crucified, myrrh, Golgotha, transgressors, mocking, tomb.


Music: "Hallelujah! What a Savior!"

Words and music by Philip P. Bliss. Become acquainted with this great hymn of the faith and learn at least the first verse. See words, hear the music, read the story, and print music.


History / Time

•  Explore the question: "Was Jesus crucified on Friday or Wednesday?"

•  What do B.C. and A.D. stand for? Why is B.C. being changed to B.C.E. and A.D. changed to C.E.?  Read one view here and another view here.


Science: "The Science of the Crucifixion"

Have your older students read "How did Jesus Christ die?" and "The Science of the Crucifixion."


Evangelism: Gifts

Include a greeting card, tract, and/or Gospel of John in thoughtful greetings such as:

•  A baked gift to neighbors.

•  Gifts to shut-ins.

•  Instead of giving children Easter baskets, give a new Bible (if needed), Scripture bookmark, prayer journal, or something that will encourage their spiritual life.

Order the Bible in Living Sound audio CDs of the Passion of Jesus Christ (3 CDs, 18 dramatized stories).




Day 5

     The Resurrection
     and Ascension

See notes for "Activities for Each Day" above for Bible Study and Memory, Reading, Writing, and Activities.


Bible Reading and Study

•  The Empty Tomb
Matthew 28:1-8,11-15; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-13

•  The Resurrection and Appearances to Disciples
Matthew 28:9-10,16-17; Mark 16:9-14; Luke 24:13-44; John 20:14-21:14; Acts 1:1-5; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8

•  Christ's Commission
Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-18; Luke 24:45-50; John 21:15-23; Acts 1:6-8

•  The Ascension
Mark 16:19-20; Luke 24:51-53; Acts 1:9-11


Bible Prophecy Fulfilled
(References below are Prediction / Fulfillment.)

•  Resurrection of the Messiah
Psalm 16:8-10b / Acts 13:35-37
Psalm 16:8-10a / Matthew 28:6
Isaiah 53:10c / Mark 16:16

•  Ascension of the Messiah
Psalm 68:18a / Luke 24:51
Daniel 7:13-14a / Acts 1:9-11


Major Concept: Personal Application

Have I personally received the benefit of Jesus Christ's death, burial, and resurrection? John 3:16; Romans 10:9; Ephesians 2:8-9


Bible Memory

1 Corinthians 15:3-5; Ephesians 2:8-9


Vocabulary and Spelling

Resurrection, appeared, commission, ascension.


Music: "Christ, the Lord, Is Risen Today"

Words written by Charles Wesley in 1739. Become acquainted with this great hymn of the faith and learn at least the first verse (see words in left column).

•  Print the piano music.


Apologetics

Stimulate your older children to think by examining and discussing one or more of these articles.

•  "10 Reasons To Believe Christ Rose from the Dead"

•  "Evidence for the Resurrection" by Josh McDowell

•  "Beyond Blind Faith" by Paul E. Little

•  "How Do We Know That Jesus Christ Really Rose from the Dead?"


Drama

•  View "The Hope," a free 80-minute online video of God's redemptive story from beginning to end (or just chapters 10-11).  It clearly explains how Jesus Christ was born and why – starting at the very beginning, at the dawn of Creation. Also read a review of "The Hope."

•  Read and act out the dramatic sketch "A Press Conference after the Resurrection."


Evangelism: Invite Someone to Church

Many people will go to church on Easter Sunday that would not at any other time. Take advantage of this to invite family, friends, or neighbors to attend with you (and hear the gospel message). Consider some of the following:

•  Send a hand-written letter of invitation and follow up with a telephone call.

•  Offer a ride.

•  Invite them to dinner with you after the service.

•  Pray before and after that they will be saved or renew their commitment to the Lord.




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